Atalanta were utterly stunned at the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia, as they played well and had taken the lead, but collapsed in the second half as Torino ran out 5-1 winners.
This was a relegation tussle and the Orobici had a lengthy injury list that included Davide Biondini, Giampaolo Bellini, Guglielmo Stendardo, Guido Marilungo, Ivan Radovanovic, Ferreira Pinto, Daniele Capelli and Carlos Carmona. Federico Peluso returned to the side. Torino missed Salvatore Masiello, Valter Birsa and Sergio Suciu for this trip, but hoped for better luck after thumping the woodwork three times in their 0-0 draw with Udinese on Wednesday.
Torino wore black armbands after the death of President Urbano Cairo’s mother this week.
Atalanta started strong and Cazzola drilled just wide after a charged down German Denis effort, then Denis saw his meek lob plucked out of the air after a Giuseppe De Luca counter-attack.
Andrea Consigli needed his knee to beat away an Alessandro Gazzi daisy-cutter, while Alessandro Sgrigna hit the side-netting.
Atalanta went so close to an opener on 26 minutes, as Luca Cigarini’s free kick smashed against the crossbar with ferocity.
Denis finally broke through with a poacher’s goal, as Cazzola nodded a poor clearance back into the box for him to chest and volley low past Jean-Francois Gillet. The offside flag stayed down in an extremely tight decision.
The referee pointed to the spot when Giacomo Bonaventura blocked a Danilo D’Ambrosio cross with his outstretched arm. Rolando Bianchi stepped up and beat penalty specialist Consigli to draw Torino level in Bergamo.
Denis wanted a penalty for a foul on the very edge of the box, but replays shot the referee was right. From that set play in first half stoppages, Denis curled it on to the frame of the goal.
Gillet flew to palm a Peluso cross-shot out at the near post, then flapped at a Matheu header from the resulting corner.
Torino held out under pressure and took the lead against the run of play. A corner found Gazzi’s diving header, which looped up over a static goalkeeper to slot into the far top corner.
Incredibly, the Granata added a third to break away in Bergamo. Stevanovic peeled off his marker at the back post for a sensational volley across the goalkeeper.
Atalanta were in shock and went 4-1 down as D’Ambrosio was allowed a free header at the far stick.
The Orobici lost the plot and Torino added a fifth. Bianchi sprung the offside trap on a Stevanovic pass and while slipping he managed to steer the shot under the bar from a tight angle.