Serie A: Roma retake second place while Lazio draws Atalanta
MILAN (AP) — Roma overtook Lazio for second spot in Serie A with a 2-0 win over Genoa on Sunday as its city rival drew 1-1 at relegation-threatened Atalanta.
Seydou Doumbia and Alessandro Florenzi, who both scored in a 3-0 win at Sassuolo midweek, fired Roma to victory in the lunchtime kickoff.
Roma remained second after Marco Parolo cancelled out former Lazio defender Giuseppe Biava's opener for Atalanta.
"It was the perfect game for us from tactical, technical and mental viewpoints," Roma coach Rudi Garcia said. "Of course the second goal came a bit late for Roma fans' hearts, but what was important was to win.
"Second place will go to who wants it the most, and we have to be that team."
Roma moved a point above Lazio and 15 below Juventus, which clinched a fourth successive title on Saturday.
Fourth-place Napoli, which is seven points behind Lazio, hosts AC Milan later. Lazio plays Roma and Napoli in its final two matches.
"We mustn't look at Roma's results but at our own," Parolo said. "There are four matches left, if we win all of them it will be us going to the Champions League."
Fiorentina boosted its hopes of securing a European berth next season with a 3-1 win against Cesena, while Inter Milan was held to a goalless draw at home by Chievo Verona.
Elsewhere, substitute Antonio Di Natale overtook Italy great Roberto Baggio in the scoring charts. He scored his 206th Serie A goal three minutes after coming off the bench to give Udinese a 1-0 win at Hellas Verona, which finished the match with nine men after Jacopo Sala and Rafael Marquez were sent off.
Genoa had a dismal record at Roma, having not picked up a point since 1994 and it fell to a ninth successive defeat.
Doumbia, who is slowly winning his critics around after a difficult time since signing from CSKA Moscow in January, opened the scoring in the 35th minute, feinting around two players and firing past Mattia Perin.
Florenzi sealed the result in stoppage-time, racing almost the entire length of the field before entering the penalty area and blasting the ball into the top near corner.
Lazio knew it had to win to reclaim second spot but had a surprisingly poor record in Bergamo, winning just seven times along with 20 draws and 19 defeats.
It almost took an early lead as Keita Balde Diao struck the post with a long-range strike in the sixth minute.
Atalanta also hit the post through Alejandro Gomez moments before breaking the deadlock at the start of the second half when Biava, who spent 4 1/2 years at Lazio before moving last July, headed home a corner.
Parolo leveled in the 77th from a corner, with a scissor-kick volley on the turn which bounced down and into the right side of the net.
In Florence, Josip Ilicic scored twice — including a penalty — and Alberto Gilardino added a third before Alejandro Rodriguez grabbed a consolation for Cesena, which remained level on points with Cagliari in the relegation zone, nine below 17th-placed Atalanta.
Fiorentina, which is in the Europa League semifinals, moved fifth and boosted its chances of qualifying for Europe next season.
Inter moved eighth in a tight battle for the top six places as goalkeeper Samir Handanovic came to its rescue with a series of fine saves.
Both sides also hit the woodwork.