Atalanta take the lead in the Serie A table after winning 2-0 at Monza

Atalanta are now two points clear at the top of the standings (Twitter/Atalanta_BC)

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Atalanta moved two points clear at the top of Italy’s Serie A after claiming a 2-0 victory at Monza, the last on Monday.

Atalanta failed to break through the Monza defense in the first half as they faced a promoted side determined to score their first points of the season before the visitors brought out a more aggressive unit in the second half. time.

Rasmus Hojlund scored the game’s first goal in the 57th minute when Ademola Lookman found the Danish forward in the box where he fired into the bottom left corner with a single touch.

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Atalanta doubled the lead eight minutes later with an own goal when Lookman’s back pass was deflected into the Monza net by defender Marlon.
“We took a risk in the first minutes and then we came out on top,” Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said after the match.

“It has never happened in the history of Atalanta to be alone at the top of the table, it is a credit to these guys and it is a very good thing for the people and for we.”

Atalanta now top the league with 13 points, two ahead of Napoli and champions AC Milan.
Gasperini also praised Hojlund after the 19-year-old scored his first goal for the club after signing from Austrian side Sturm Graz.

“We were convinced from the first training session. He has very good characteristics for a 19-year-old player, we have to work on him but he has a bright future,” said Gasperini.

Monza are the third team in Serie A history to lose their first five games of the season after Treviso (2005) and Benevento (2017).

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