Lazio bounce back by beating 10-man Atalanta

Hernanes converted a first-half penalty and Miroslav Klose scored in stoppage-time to give Lazio a 2-0 win over 10-man Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday, ending a three-match winless run.

Lazio, fourth with 33 points from 18 games, badly needed a win to keep alive their title challenge after crashing to a 4-0 defeat at lowly Siena a week ago. Before that, they had been held to home draws by Udinese and Chievo.

Brazilian midfielder Hernanes converted in the 20th minute from a penalty awarded for a clumsy challenge by Andrea Masiello on Stefan Radu, performing an impressive double back-flip in celebration.

Atalanta's Stefano Lucchini was sent off in the 52nd minute for a second bookable offence and Klose clinched the points by outfoxing his marker and side-footing home from 12 metres for his ninth goal in stoppage-time.

The German also went for an acrobatic celebration, choosing a less ambitious forward somersault.


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