Atalanta saw off Torino by making the most of their set plays with Guglielmo Stendardo and Stefano Lucchini.
The Orobici began the campaign with defeat at Cagliari, meaning they had gone eight Serie A rounds without a win. Giulio Migliaccio, Luigi Giorgi, Riccardo Cazzola and Cristiano Del Grosso were on the treatment table. Torino debuted with a 2-0 win over Sassuolo, though goalscorer Matteo Brighi was out injured with Paulo Vitor Barreto and Alessandro Gazzi banned. Alessio Cerci also pulled out in the warm-up with a muscular problem.
Atalanta were out for revenge, as last season Toro ran out 5-1 winners in this fixture.
Daniele Padelli needed an early save on German Denis, then flew to deny El Tanque again when he spun round in the box.
Omar El Kaddouri ran almost the entire length of the pitch before his finish was palmed on to the side-netting. From the resulting corner, Toro hit the crossbar with a looping Mattia Darmian header.
Torino started to pour on the pressure and Andrea Consigli was again tested from close range by Danilo D’Ambrosio’s header.
Marcelo Larrondo thought he’d scored Toro’s second straight after the restart, but only hit the side-netting.
Atalanta took the lead after chaotic scenes in the box, as it was not cleared effectively and Guglielmo Stendardo eventually managed to bundle it over the line.
The Orobici put the result beyond doubt nine minutes from time with Stefano Lucchini, who was allowed a free header from a corner.