Atalanta tore Crotone to pieces in Bergamo with a 5-1 victory – and it could’ve been more – but Marco Tumminello got the first Calabrese goal of the season.
The Orobici were flying high in the Europa League, but struggling with the extra workload after their draw at Chievo. The treatment room had at least emptied out, leaving only Joao Schmidt. Crotone were still without a goal this season after four rounds and had to do without Andrea Nalini.
The two teams have squared off six times in their history and Crotone won only once, back in 2005, while Atalanta were successful on three occasions.
Andrea Petagna opened the scoring when he anticipated the centre-backs and stuck out a foot to prod Josip Ilicic’s cross in from six yards.
It got even worse for Crotone, who were forced into a substitution due to Aleksandar Tonev’s injury after just nine minutes.
Ilicic should’ve made it 2-0 moments later, but somehow ballooned over from six yards on a Papu Gomez pull-back.
Atalanta did get the second from a Gomez corner, Petagna knocking it on for Mattia Caldara’s diving header.
It was one-way traffic and Ilicic scored his first Serie A goal in an Atalanta jersey by slaloming through four defenders to fire across Alex Cordaz from a tight angle.
Ilicic threaded through and a Petagna dummy allowed Gomez to go clear, beating Cordaz from a tight angle.
Marco Tumminello, on loan from Roma, got his first Serie A goal and Crotone’s first of the season when he ran on to an Adrian Stoian long ball and blasted it past Etrit Berisha at the near post.
Daniel Pavlovic brought down Caldara and Gomez completed his brace from the spot with a cheeky Panenka penalty chip.
Riccardo Orsolini thought he had his debut Serie A goal, springing the offside trap at the end of a well-worked team move, Ilicic getting the final pass, but it was disallowed using VAR.