|SPAL move second in Serie A behind champions Juventus. — AFP Photo|Viet Nam News
MILAN — Italian international Andrea Petagna scored a second-half brace as SPAL moved up to second place in Serie A behind Juventus with a 2-0 win over Atalanta on Monday.
Petagna - who joined SPAL two years ago on loan from Atalanta with an option to buy - turned in a rebound after 50 minutes, adding a second six minutes later.
Ferrara-based club SPAL were promoted back into Serie A after a 49-year absence in May 2017.
But they struggled last season only ensuring top flight survival on the final day of action.
"We can now say we’re a Serie A club," said Petagna. "We’re doing well and we want to keep going like this."
SPAL move second three points behind seven-time reigning champions Juventus with nine points from four games.
The side from Emilia Romagna have the tightest defence in the league this season with just one goal conceded - in their only defeat last week to Torino.
Juventus have already conceded four goals in as many games. — AFP