Roma, Lazio win in Serie A top-four race

The race for the Champions League qualifying spots is getting tighter in Italy's Serie A.

Roma, Atalanta and Lazio all won on Sunday to move within three points of Inter Milan and Juventus (37), who occupy the final qualifying positions for European soccer's top club competition.

Second-placed AC Milan are only another point further ahead, and nine points behind runaway Serie A leaders Napoli.

Roma beat 10-man Fiorentina 2-0, Lazio won at Sassuolo by the same score for their first victory of the new year, and Atalanta destroyed Salernitana 8-2.

Paulo Dybala scored both goals in Rome -- both on assists from Tammy Abraham after Fiorentina were reduced to 10 men after Dodo was sent off in the 24th minute following a second yellow card.

Roma eventually made the numerical superiority count five minutes before the break when Abraham chested down a ball over the top for Dybala's impressive volley.

And the two combined again eight minutes from time when Abraham raced into the right side of the area before rolling across for Dybala to slot home.

In Bergamo, Jeremie Boga's stunning goal gave the hosts a fifth-minute lead.

Boulaye Dia levelled just five minutes later but the floodgates then opened and Atalanta were 5-1 up by halftime with Ademola Lookman's penalty and goals from teenagers Giorgio Scalvini and Rasmus Hojlund. Teun Koopmeiners also scored before the break, tucking away the rebound after his initial penalty had been saved.

Lookman doubled his tally early in the second half, while Ederson and Nadir Zortea were also on the scoresheet against their former team.

Lazio had started the year poorly, losing at Lecce and then conceding two goals late on to draw 2-2 against Empoli.

They were handed the opportunity to break the deadlock at the end of the first half when Sassuolo defender Jeremy Toljan blocked Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's header with an outstretched arm.

Mattia Zaccagni struck the resulting penalty into the bottom left corner.

The visitors had chances to double their lead but didn't manage to until added time when Anderson rounded the goalkeeper before depositing into an empty net.

Elsewhere, M'Bala Nzola's first-half spot kick gave Spezia a 1-0 win at Torino and Bologna fought back to win 2-1 at Udinese.