Stefano Mauri fires in two to lift Lazio to third in Serie A

Lazio captain Stefano Mauri's double fuelled a 3-0 win over Atalanta on Saturday that saw the Rome club rise to third in Serie A.
Stefano Mauri of Lazio celebrates after scoring one of his two goals in his side's 3-0 Serie A victory over Atalanta on Saturday. Paolo Bruno / Getty Images / December 13, 2014
Stefano Mauri of Lazio celebrates after scoring one of his two goals in his side's 3-0 Serie A victory over Atalanta on Saturday. Paolo Bruno / Getty Images / December 13, 2014

Two goals from skipper Stefano Mauri helped Lazio to a 3-0 win over Atalanta on Saturday that moved the Rome outfit into third place in Serie A.

With Miroslav Klose left on the bench in favour of Filip Djordjevic, it was captain Mauri who stepped up to the mark after a lacklustre first half for both sides.

Mauri opened the scoring after 51 minutes from a cross by Felipe Anderson and added his second 20 minutes later after smart work down the left.

Senad Lulic headed home Lazio’s third goal after 81 minutes off a cross from Dusan Basta.

Mauri could have had a hat-trick if Stefan de Vrij hadn’t got in front of him to miss the target from a 38th-minute centre by Stefan Radu or if a smart left-footed volley hadn’t just missed the target in the 54th minute.

“I felt fine physically and playing in the kind of role that suits me,” said Mauri whose team will next face Inter Milan where they will be looking for a third successive victory.

In Saturday’s other Serie A game, Palermo climbed to ninth place after a 2-1 win over Sassuolo secured by a last-minute goal from Andrea Belotti.

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Published: December 14, 2014 04:00 AM

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