Atalanta back into Champions League contention with 7-0 rout

  • Bologna's Andrea Poli celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Spal and Bologna at the Paolo Mazza stadium in Ferrara, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.  (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)

    Bologna's Andrea Poli celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Spal and Bologna at the Paolo Mazza stadium in Ferrara, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP) Associated Press

  • Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Spal and Bologna at the Paolo Mazza stadium in Ferrara, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.  (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)

    Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Spal and Bologna at the Paolo Mazza stadium in Ferrara, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP) Associated Press

  • Fiorentina's Pol Lirola, left, and Genoa's Lasse Schone vie for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Fiorentina and Genoa at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. ( Jennifer Lorenzini /LaPresse via AP)

    Fiorentina's Pol Lirola, left, and Genoa's Lasse Schone vie for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Fiorentina and Genoa at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. ( Jennifer Lorenzini /LaPresse via AP) Associated Press

  • Fiorentina's Marco Benassi, left, and Genoa's Antonio Barreca vie for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Fiorentina and Genoa at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. ( Jennifer Lorenzini /LaPresse via AP)

    Fiorentina's Marco Benassi, left, and Genoa's Antonio Barreca vie for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Fiorentina and Genoa at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. ( Jennifer Lorenzini /LaPresse via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 1/25/2020 4:56 PM

ROME -- Atalanta revived its chances of earning another Champions League campaign with a 7-0 rout at Torino in Serie A on Saturday.

Josip Ilicic scored a hat trick, including one goal from near the halfway line, and Luis Muriel added a brace as the Bergamo squad moved level on points with fourth-place Roma ahead of Sunday's Rome derby between Roma and third-place Lazio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The top four finishers qualify for the Champions League - a feat that Atalanta accomplished with a record third-place finish last season.

Robin Gosens and Duván Zapata also scored for Atalanta, which drew with Inter Milan and lost at home to relegation-threatened Spal in its previous two matches.

Torino ended with nine men.

Earlier, midtable Bologna came from a goal down to win 3-1 at Spal in an Emilia-Romagna derby. Bologna got an own-goal from Francesco Vicari and goals from Musa Barrow and Andrea Poli.

Fiorentina and struggling Genoa drew 0-0 as Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartłomiej Drągowski saved a penalty from Domenico Criscito.

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