AS Roma passes to Cagliari and Atalanta demolishes Lecce in Italy, coronavirus
MILAN: Duvan Shoe 'hat-trick' shot Atalanta to a great 7-2 victory over the humble Lecce to keep his control over the Champions League places at a high score A series weekend devastated by the coronavirus outbreak.
Eleven days after defeating Valencia in their last game, Gian Piero Gasperini's team showed why they are considered one of the most exciting teams in Europe with an impressive second half display that stunned their promoted opponents.
Playing games like that increases confidence. The game seemed easy at the end, but it wasn't for long periods, said Gasperini, who spilled cold water when talking about a league title charge next season.
We lose too many matches. Our goal has been around 70 points and for the 'Scudetto' you need closer to 90 ... The teams that win the league tend to be more consistent than us.
Atalanta sit fourth, three points ahead of Roma following their thrilling 4-3 win at Cagliari and six behind Inter Milan, third classified, whose clash with Juventus rivals was one of five games postponed this weekend due to the spread of COVID-19.
Although only four matches of the nine possible have been held so far, 21 goals have been scored, the majority in an entertaining Sunday stripped of the 'Derby d'Italia' of Juve-Inter.
The remaining match in this round of fixtures, in which struggling Sampdoria host Europe-chasing Hellas Verona, could yet be postponed by A series despite earlier reports it would be played behind closed doors.
Atalanta's traveling fans, most of whom will have arrived in Lecce from Lombardy, the country's virus hotspot, had to have their temperatures checked before they were allowed to enter the Stadio Via del Mare.
The teams entered the rest level when Lecce defender Giulio Donati managed 2-2 in the 40th minute.
Donati had given the advantage to the visiting team early when he went to his own network without any pressure.
However the second period was one-way traffic once Josip Ilicic classily slotted home his side's third, and Zapata - who headed home Atalanta's second midway through the first half - completed his treble with two goals in eight minutes to seal the three points.
Luis Muriel then arrived at six with three minutes when he scored on the rebound after his own shot bounced off the post, and Ruslan Malinovskyi completed the defeat at the time of detention.
In Sardinia, Roma extended Cagliari 's 12-match winless run with a victory which should have been more comfortable.
Paulo Fonseca's team was at the top when Joao Pedro entered a brilliant opening game for the home team in the 28th minute, and they deserved the lead thanks to the break thanks to two short-range finals of Nikola Kalinic .
The Croatian Kalinic, lent by Atlético de Madrid, then moved Justin Kluivert to third place just after the hour mark, but with the game as good as done, Gaston Pereiro was allowed to walk towards the goal and throw one back neatly. curling strike
Henrikh Mkhitaryan restored Rome's two-goal lead when he gave Aleksandar Kolarov the slightest touch, but the hosts received another lifeline when Chris Smalling drove the center of Marko Rog at the last minute.
Pau López put his hand on the penalty of Pedro, but could not prevent the Brazilian from returning home in the rebound to be a nervous end to Rome.