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Muriel nets 2 as Atalanta wins 2-1 at Crotone in Serie A

Luis Muriel scored twice to help Atalanta get back on track in Serie A with a 2-1 win at newly promoted Crotone on Saturday.

Muriel netted both goals in the first half before Simy pulled one back for the hosts five minutes from the break.

Atalanta moved into second spot, one point below early leader AC Milan which visits Udinese on Sunday.

Atalanta's Muriel, left, celebrates with teammate Papu Gomez after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Crotone and Atalanta, in Crotone's Ezio Scida stadium, southern Italy, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (Francesco MazzitelloLaPresse via AP)

Inter can move level with Milan if it beats Parma later. Bologna was also playing later, against Cagliari.

Crotone remained bottom of the league with just one point — from a 1-1 draw against Juventus.

Atalanta came into the match on the back of two straight defeats in Serie A but looking to build off its comeback draw with Ajax in the Champions League, as well as hoping to boost its confidence ahead of hosting Liverpool on Tuesday.

Atalanta's Muriel, center right, celebrates with teammates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Crotone and Atalanta, in Crotone's Ezio Scida stadium, southern Italy, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (Francesco MazzitelloLaPresse via AP)

Muriel had two good opportunities before he put Atalanta ahead in the 26th minute, gathering a ball from Ruslan Malinovskiy with his back to goal and spinning to drill it into the bottom corner.

The Colombia forward forced Crotone goalkeeper Alex Cordaz into another good save before doubling his tally in the 38th after being set up by Remo Freuler.

Crotone pulled one back just two minutes later when Simy beat Marco Sportiello from a tight angle.

Atalanta's Gabriel Romero, left, vies for the ball with Crotone's Simy during a Serie A soccer match between Crotone and Atalanta, in Crotone's Ezio Scida stadium, southern Italy, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (Francesco MazzitelloLaPresse via AP)

Atalanta's Duván Zapata, who has scored four goals in his last three matches, had two late chances but sent both narrowly wide.

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