Atalanta denied second place in Serie A

Bryan Cristante of AS Roma celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico on April 22, 2021 in Rome, Italy.

Ten-man Atalanta have wasted a chance to move into second place in Serie A with a 1-1 draw at Europa League semi-finalists Roma while Napoli crunched Lazio 5-2 to step up their assault on a top-four finish.

Third-place Atalanta extended their unbeaten streak to six matches while Dries Mertens struck to drew level with Antonio Vojak for most goals by a Napoli player in Serie A - with 102 - as his side move to within two points of Juventus and a Champions League place.

Roma's former Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante equalised with a long-range shot midway through the second half - shortly after the visitors had fullback Robin Gosens sent off for a second yellow card.

Ruslan Malinovskyi had given Atalanta an early lead.

Atalanta are one point behind second-place AC Milan and level on points with fourth-place Juve, but hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the champions.

Roma also finished the game a man down when Roger Ibanez picked up his second yellow in the final seconds of stoppage time.

Atalanta have qualified for the Champions League the past two seasons, reaching the quarterfinals and the Round of 16.

The success of the small Bergamo-based club has been cited as one of the reasons why the failed Super League proposal wouldn't have been fair.

"Atalanta represent the antithesis to the Super League," Atalanta general manager Umberto Marino said.

"Football is about dreams, about earning your results."

Roma, who face Manchester United in the Europa last four, remain seventh.

At the Diego Maradona stadium, Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne scored twice and Matteo Politano, Mertens and Victor Osimhen also found the target for Napoli, who extended their unbeaten run to nine games.

Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored late for sixth-place Lazio, whose five match winning streak came to a grinding halt.

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