Atalanta resumed their Serie A campaign with a 4-1 win over Sassuolo to give a much-needed boost to the residents of Bergamo, one of the worst-hit cities by the coronavirus in Italy.
More than 16,000 people have died from the virus in the Lombardy region containing Bergamo, and the small city was one of the epicentres of the outbreak.
“There’s a lot going on in the world and Bergamo has been hit hard. This win was for the city, the people, the club. The worst days are behind us, change is coming,” Atalanta midfielder Marten de Roon wrote in a post on Twitter after the match.
Atalanta took control of the match by halftime following strikes from Berat Djimsiti and Duván Zapata and an own-goal by Sassuolo midfielder Mehdi Bourabia.
Zapata his third after the break and had penalty appeals waved away on a tight decision by the video assistant referee.
Bourabia made up for his own-goal by scoring at the right end in stoppage time.
Atalanta remained fourth but moved six points above Roma in the fight for the final Champions League spot.
In another match, Romelu Lukaku was on the mark as Inter Milan beat Sampdoria 2-1 to move behind leaders Juventus.
Lautaro Martínez doubled Inter’s lead before Morten Thorsby pulled one back for Samp eight minutes into the second half.
Lukaku, who is Black, showed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement after scoring Inter’s opener in the 10th minute by taking a knee..
The Belgium international posted a photo of that moment on social media after the match with the words: "This one is for all the people who’s fighting for injustice. I am with you."
Third-place Inter moved six points behind leader Juventus and five below second-place Lazio. Sampdoria remained a point above the relegation zone.
Serie A Results
- Atalanta 4-1 Sassuolo
- Inter Milan 2-1 Sampdoria