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Sarri-ball: Lazio break Atalanta hearts after shattering 10-game unbeaten streak

Maurizio Sarri's side, Lazio were at their best as they dominated Atalanta into submission at the Gewiss Stadium on Sunday evening

Mattia Zaccagni celebrates after breaking the deadlock for Lazio

Atalanta have finally lost their unbeaten start to the 2022/23 Italian Serie A season after suffering a home defeat on Sunday evening at the hands of Lazio.

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Gian Piero Gasperini's side welcomed Lazio to the Gewiss Stadium in search of an eighth victory of the season that would see them return to the summit of the Serie A.

However, goals from Lazio's Mattia Zaccagni and Felipe Anderson on either side of both halves condemned Atalanta to their first loss of the season.

Gasperini fielded his best eleven, including in-form Super Eagles forward Ademola Lookman paired by Colombian striker Luis Muriel upfront.

Lazio also had enough firepower with a forward trio consisting of former Chelsea star Pedro, Anderson, and Zaccagni powered by a midfield boasting the industry of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Despite playing at home, Atalanta were utterly bossed by Lazio in the first period, a testament to the possession style of Lazio's manager Maurizio Sarri.

The visitors had 61% of the ball in the first period and kept producing chance after chance till Zaccagni gave Lazio the lead in the 10th minute from a Pedro assist.

Atalanta never got back in the game till after Anderson doubled Lazio's lead in the 52nd minute to put the away side firmly in the driver's seat.

With a first defeat staring them in the face, Atalanta went on the offensive, but they could not convert their possession and chances to goals as they failed to score in a league game for the first time this season.

Ademola Lookman had an off-day in front of goal against Lazio, failing to muster up any shot of any kind all through his 71 minutes on the pitch.

The Super Eagles forward managed to beat his man twice from three (3) dribbles as well as playing one (1) key pass and finding his target once from three (3) crosses.

The Lazio defence did not give the former Leicester City forward any breathing space as he lost possession of the ball eight (8) times and won only three (3) of his five (5) duels.

Atalanta will hope to get back to winning ways when they visit 12th-placed Empoli at the Carlo Castellani on Sunday, October 30.

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