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European roundup: Napoli hit four past Atalanta, Leipzig stay top in Germany

Napoli blasted four goals in a devastating 20-minute first-half spell as they thumped Atalanta 4-1 in Serie A on Saturday, handing the visitors a taste of their own medicine.

Free-scoring Atalanta, last season’s top-scorers with 98 goals, had netted 13 goals in winning their first three games but had no answer to Napoli’s attacks in an extraordinary first half. The Mexican forward Hirving Lozano, out of favour with coach Gennaro Gattuso last season, set Napoli on their way with two goals in four minutes.

Matteo Politano fired the third on the half hour and Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen took advantage of more poor defending to score the fourth before the interval. Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina’s kick upfield was misjudged by Cristian Romero and Osimhen, signed from Lille in the summer, scored with a shot on the turn to net his first goal for his new club.

Romero set up Atalanta’s consolation for substitute Sam Lammers in the 69th minute.

Atalanta remain on nine points from four games, one ahead of Napoli.
Napoli have won all three of their games on the pitch, scoring 12 goals and conceding one. However, Serie A’s disciplinary committee handed them a 3-0 defeat for failing to play a match against Juventus amid confusion over the Covid-19 rules and they also had a point deducted.

RB Leipzig muscled past Augsburg 2-0 to stay top of the Bundesliga after four matches while fellow title contenders Borussia Dortmund needed a second-half goal by substitute Marco Reus to beat hosts Hoffenheim 1-0.

Goals from Angelino and Yussuf Poulsen gave Leipzig a two-goal cushion as they eased off a bit in the second half with their Champions League debut against Basaksehir looming on Tuesday. Leipzig move up to 10 points with Dortmund on nine.

Dortmund, with Reus and top scorer Erling Haaland starting on the bench, were nowhere near their best against Hoffenheim and had to wait until late in the first half for their first opportunities.

Reus and Haaland were brought on in the 64th minute and instantly breathed life into their team’s attack. They combined perfectly for the Dortmund captain to tap in the winner 14 minutes from time, completing a successful dress rehearsal for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Lazio in Rome.

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