Atalanta s Dutch defender Hans Hateboer (L) fights for the ball with Empoli s New Zealand s defender Liberato Cacace during the Italian Serie A football match between Empoli and Atalanta at The Carlo-Castellani Stadium in Empoli on October 30, 2022. AFP
Ademola Lookman scored a stunning second-half solo goal to double Atalanta's lead after Hans Hateboer's opener.
Atalanta moved into second spot, five points behind Serie A leader Napoli. Defending champion AC Milan can move back two points above Atalanta with a win at Torino later.
Lazio was also playing later, against Salernitana.
Atalanta lost its first match of the season last week, against Lazio.
It took the lead against Empoli in the 32nd minute, when Teun Koopmeiners pulled the ball back from the byline for Lookman. His shot was charged down but came to Hateboer at the back post for an angled drive into the far bottom corner.
Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario pulled off a number of saves with the most impressive coming when he managed to stop Koopmeiners' penalty with his leg as he was diving to his right.
The penalty was given three minutes before halftime following a long check with the video assistant referee after Lookman's free kick came off the elbow of Empoli forward Mattia Destro.
Atalanta did double its lead in the 59th minute when Lookman controlled the ball on the left of the area, dribbled past three Empoli players until he found a gap and drilled a shot into the bottom left corner.
Atalanta's Duvan Zapata also had a goal ruled out for offside as did Empoli defender Tyronne Ebuehi late on.
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