Soccer-Zapata double allows Atalanta to fight back and share points

BERGAMO, Italy, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Striker Duvan Zapata scored twice in six minutes to drag Atalanta back from a two-goal deficit and ensure a 2-2 draw with Ajax Amsterdam in their Champions League Group D clash on Tuesday.

The Colombian international’s double came after defensive lapses had allowed the Dutch to go 2-0 ahead at the interval with captain Dusan Tadic scoring a penalty and teenager Lassina Traore adding a second eight minutes later.

Atalanta, who were quarter-finalists last season, moved second in the group after opening with a comfortable away win over Denmark’s Midtjylland last week.

It was Ajax’s first point after losing at home to Liverpool last week. (Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)