SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 21 - 15 Feb 2012 (17.30 UK)
Atalanta 1 - 0 Genoa
Marilungo 78 (A)
Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia

Atalanta earned a tight 1-0 win over Genoa thanks to Guido Marilungo, although both teams rattled the woodwork and there were penalty appeals.

This game was originally snowed off on February 1. Atalanta missed Carmona, Simone Tiribocchi and Daniele Capelli, but Luca Cigarini shook off flu symptoms to feature. Genoa needed a boost after their “indifensible” recent run away from home. The absentee list included Alberto Gilardino, Giandomenico Mesto, Luca Antonelli, Cesare Bovo, Kakha Kaladze and Emiliano Moretti. Roger Carvalho made his debut in defence.

Rodrigo Palacio tested the goalkeeper when pouncing on a poor clearance, while Genoa’s Argentine also threatened when running on to a through ball, but Federico Peluso performed a crucial block in the box.

German Denis flashed a shot across the face of goal that whipped past everyone, just failing to find a decisive tap-in from close range.

Palacio was clearly Genoa’s most dangerous player and fired wide with his right foot, though moments later Manolo Gabbiadini’s free kick forced Sebastien Frey to palm it away.

At the dawn of the second half, Miguel Veloso attempted from long range and his shot curled just inches over the crossbar.

On 58 minutes Genoa went so close to taking the lead in Bergamo, as a corner was whipped in for the Juraj Kucka header that cracked the crossbar with Andrea Consigli well beaten.

Frey parried a Denis effort from point-blank range and the follow-up from El Tanque smacked the underside of the bar from the tightest of angles.

Atalanta were furious and wanted a penalty on 74 minutes when Roger Carvalho jumped with his arm raised to block a Denis header.

The Orobici did take the lead soon after with substitute Guido Marilungo. The Under-21 international flicked on a through ball and completed the give-and-go with Denis to drill low into the near corner. It was Atalanta's first Serie A goal in 367 minutes of football.


Atalanta: Consigli; Lucchini, Stendardo, Manfredini, Peluso; Schelotto (Bonaventura 60), Cigarini (Cazzola 82), Brighi, Carrozza; Gabbiadini (Marilungo 67), Denis
Genoa: Frey; Rossi, Granqvist, Carvalho, Constant; Kucka, Veloso (Belluschi 71), Biondini (Jorquera 81); Sculli, Palacio, Jankovic (Ze Eduardo 85)
Ref: Doveri