Atalanta struggled at first with Verona’s counter-attacks and both sides had goals disallowed by VAR, but the hosts eventually won 3-0.
The Orobici had Papu Gomez back, but rotated the squad with several stars rested. Hellas were fresh from a 3-2 Verona Derby defeat to Chievo, missing Martin Caceres, Alex Ferrari, Franco Zuculini, Mattia Valoti and suspended Bruno Zuculini.
Atalanta’s last home win over Verona was in 2005, followed by two draws and a defeat.
Rafael Toloi returned from injury and almost scored a sensational opener, his volley from the edge of the box palmed away by Nicolas.
Moments later, Alessio Cerci threaded through to release Moise Kean, but the Juventus-owned teenager blasted over the bar.
The hosts retained more possession, but Hellas remained dangerous on the counter-attack, as Kean was again sent clear by Cerci only to see his weak effort beaten away by Pierluigi Gollini.
Cerci took matters into his own hands this time, his shot charged down by Mattia Caldara sprinting back. Atalanta thought they had taken the lead on 33 minutes when Andreas Cornelius sprinted down the left and slid to pull back from the by-line for Remo Freuler to tap in from six yards. However, after a very long wait, the news from the VAR booth disallowed the goal, though footage shows his shoulder was an inch offside at most.
Moments later, Verona also had the ball in the back of the net, but this too was disallowed using VAR. Kean’s effort was parried by Gollini, then the Cerci follow-up ricocheted off Kean and into the net from a couple of yards out, but the teenager was offside by that stage.
Marten De Roon turned an Ilicic corner wide from point-blank range in first half stoppages.
After the restart, Kean squandered another great opportunity for the visitors, his chest and volley taking too long and charged down.
Instead, Daniel Bessa lost possession under pressure from Gomez and Freuler was on hand for the angled drive into the far bottom corner from 12 yards.
Moments later, Atalanta added a second, as Freuler found Ilicic on the edge of the area and he drilled low into the near bottom corner.
Verona had disappeared by this stage, as Ilicic curled just past the far top corner and Cornelius fired wide, before substitute Jasmin Kurtic was unmarked to slide on to a Robin Gosens low cross from the left from six yards.
Mattia Zaccagni threatened a consolation goal following Freuler’s error in possession, but Gollini parried the angled drive.
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