Napoli fell to a surprise defeat in Bergamo thanks to a scorching Carlos Carmona volley, losing second place to Inter.
The Partenopei got back on track at the weekend by beating Chievo despite missing Edinson Cavani, who was still out due to a thigh problem and joined by Juan Camilo Zuniga. Atalanta had one point from three gams and were decimated for this tricky match, as Luca Cigarini and Federico Peluso sat out bans with the injured Davide Biondini, Ivan Radovanovic, Ferreira Pinto, Daniele Capelli and Michele Ferri. German Denis faced his former club.
Maxi Moralez turned an early Denis assist off target, while at the other end Insigne’s volley was palmed round the upright after Christian Maggio knocked down an Andrea Dossena cross.
Atalanta took a surprise lead with a stunner from Carlos Carmona, who recovered from injury to start this game. Denis knocked it down at the edge of the box, where the midfielder unleashed an unstoppable volley into the bottom corner.
Brivio should’ve made more of a Denis cross, but flashed his shot across the face of goal from a tight angle.
Marek Hamsik’s volley was deflected wide, while Insigne came sliding in and slipped at the crucial moment to turn wide.
Napoli threatened on 55 minutes with a well-worked move and a series of one-touch passes, concluded with Marek Hamsik’s angled drive beaten away at the near post.
Insigne tested Consigli several times with solo efforts, but Moralez came sliding in and just failed to connect with an Ezequiel Schelotto cross.
Consigli turned a Blerim Dzemaili free kick out for a corner and Maggio nodded Hamsik’s set piece wide, as Atalanta held out for the points.