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Napoli bounce back from Juve no-show to crush Atalanta


Hirving Lozano bagged a brace as Napoli thumped Atalanta 4-1 on Saturday, days after they were punished for failing to turn up for their last Serie A game against Juventus.


Mexican forward Lozano scored two quick-fire goals in the first half, having also picked up a brace in Napoli's previous completed match -- a 6-0 win over Genoa also at the San Paolo Stadium.


Slovenian forward Josip Ilicic returned for highly-fancied Atalanta after nearly three months out with personal problems, starting up front alongside Papu Gomez and Duvan Zapata.


But with many players returning from international duty Gian Piero Gasperini's side lacked the fire power of their previous three games in which they had scored 13 goals.


France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko got his first start for Napoli with Lorenzo Insigne injured and Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas still recovering from coronavirus.


Substitute Sam Lammers pulled a goal back with 20 minutes to go, but Atalanta drop off top spot into second place with Napoli a point behind them in third.






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