Atalanta left it late and had some scares, but eventually battered down the Sampdoria defences with Rafael Toloi and Luis Muriel for a ninth straight win.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the successful streak is that La Dea have kept two consecutive clean sheets, but Pierluigi Gollini had to be alert, particularly on Manolo Gabbiadini’s screamer.
Defender Toloi had quite a few forays forward before he finally broke the deadlock with a towering header on Ruslan Malinovskyi’s contentious corner.
Muriel then confirmed his supersub status by stepping off the bench and rifling in from the edge of the box.
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