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Atleti Azzurri d'Italia (ATT 18,576) 6th April 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: D Orsato

Atalanta Atalanta vs Sassuolo Sassuolo


Sassuolo 2

N Sansone (33, 71)

Sansone at the double

Last Updated: 06/04/14 4:32pm

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Giacomo Bonaventura finds a way to clear the ball

Giacomo Bonaventura finds a way to clear the ball

Nicola Sansone struck twice as second-bottom Sassuolo ended Atalanta's six-game winning run with a 2-0 triumph on Sunday.

Sansone put the visitors in front in the 33rd minute and doubled their advantage after the interval as Sassuolo won for the second time away from home this season.

The outcome has lifted Sassuolo to within three points of safety with six games remaining while Atalanta have dropped to eighth in the Serie A table.

The visitors went into the contest in Bergamo after three straight defeats.

Atalanta created the first chance of the game in the 12th minute, with Marcelo Estigarribia's stinging drive from outside the area forcing Sassuolo goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo to make a save.

The hosts went even closer to breaking the deadlock in the 27th minute when German Denis fed Giuseppe De Luca in the box.

His right-footed shot, however, was kept out by Pegolo.

Sassuolo took 30 minutes to create their first chance, but it almost resulted in a goal.

Domenico Berardi got past his marker and headed Alessandro Longhi's cross just over the bar.

Sassuolo grew in confidence and took the lead three minutes later.

Atalanta's defence failed to clear a dangerous corner and Sansone hit the ball past goalkeeper Andrea Consigli.

Before the interval, Consigli kept out Berardi's hard drive from 30 yards.

With Atalanta struggling to break Sassuolo's well-placed defence, Sassuolo doubled their lead in the 71st minute.

Sansone's curled free-kick towards the bottom right corner of goal beat Consigli.

The hosts wasted a good chance to reduce the deficit soon after when Estigarribia struck wide from a good position.

Sassuolo held on for their sixth win of the campaign and only their second in 13 games.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 24 57
2 Roma 24 48
3 Napoli 24 45
4 Lazio 24 40
5 Fiorentina 24 39
6 Sampdoria 24 36
7 Genoa 24 36
8 Inter Milan 24 35
9 AC Milan 24 33
10 Torino 24 33
11 Palermo 24 33
12 Sassuolo 24 29
13 Udinese 23 28
14 Empoli 24 27
15 Verona 24 25
16 Chievo 24 24
17 Atalanta 24 23
18 Cagliari 24 20
19 Cesena 24 16
20 Parma 23 10