MILAN (AP) — Atalanta maintained its push for a European spot by defeating relegation-threatened Crotone 1-0 in Serie A on Saturday.
It was more difficult than Atalanta perhaps expected but Andrea Conti scored to propel Atalanta into fourth spot, one point above Lazio and three above Inter Milan, which visits Bologna on Sunday.
Atalanta is three points below the Champions League qualifying spots. It faces third-placed Napoli next weekend, although the southern side could have a six-point advantage by then if it wins at Chievo Verona on Sunday.
“If we beat Napoli we would be playing for a spot in the Champions League. At the moment our direct battles will be against Fiorentina and Inter. If we manage to pass these exams well, we will be on course for objective two,” Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said.
Crotone had a late goal ruled out for offside and remained 19th, nine points from…