Atalanta sink Venezia to end losing run

Venezia's Thomas Henry in action against Atalanta's Mario Pasalic and Atalanta's Marten de Roon during the italian soccer Serie A match Venezia FC vs Atalanta BC on April 23, 2022 at the Pier Luigi Penzo stadium in Venice, Italy.

Atalanta ended a run of three consecutive losses in Serie A by beating Venezia 3-1 on Saturday as Colombia striker Duvan Zapata scored his first goal in four months.

Mario Pasalic broke the deadlock for Atalanta just before half-time in Venice and Zapata doubled the lead moments after the interval after being set up by compatriot Luis Muriel.

Zapata had not scored in the league since late November and missed the first three months of the year because of injury, coinciding with Atalanta´s downward spiral out of the top four.

I was waiting for this goal since my return, but especially this win which we needed, Zapata told DAZN after notching his 10th Serie A goal this term.

Muriel headed in a third for Atalanta shortly past the hour before Domen Crnigoj grabbed a consolation for Venezia, who dropped to the foot of the table after an eighth straight loss.

Atalanta stayed eighth but pulled to within two points of the European places. Venezia are level with Salernitana and Genoa, all of whom are six points from safety.

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