Football-Atalanta returns to winning ways with a 2-1 win in Bologna

(Reuters) – A second-half goal from Atalanta striker Rasmus Hojlund helped secure a 2-1 win at Bologna in Serie A on Monday, moving Gian Piero Gasperini’s side back into the top six.

Winger Riccardo Orsolini put Bologna ahead early in the game when he lobbed the ball from the edge of the box to the far post for his third Serie A goal this season.

Atalanta could not find an equalizer before half time, but equalized two minutes after the break through midfielder Teun Koopmeiners, who spiked the ball from distance.

Hojlund gave the visitors the lead in the 58th by lifting the ball past goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski to give Atalanta its first win in its last five league games.

Atalanta, which drew 2-2 in Spezia last week in Serie A’s return from the World Cup break, lost three straight games in November after going unbeaten in its first 10 games of the season for the first time in its history.

Atalanta moved up to sixth place, tied on 31 points from 17 games with Lazio in fifth and AS Roma in seventh. Next Sunday they host Salernitana, who is 14th, when Bologna, who is 12th with 19 points, travel to Udinese.

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