Atalanta confirmed they are well and truly back in business after beating Parma 3-0, though it took an unlucky own goal to break the deadlock.
The hosts were fired up after ending their nine-game winless streak in all competition with a 5-1 demolition of Chievo, including Josip Ilicic’s hat-trick. Andrea Masiello and Marco Tumminello remained on the side-lines, but Parma welcomed back Gervinho to the starting XI, even if they lost Roberto Inglese to injury. He joined Alberto Grassi, Federico Dimarco, Jacopo Dezi and Francisco Sierralta on the treatment table.
Fabio Ceravolo nodded wide at the far post, then his audacious back-heel flick was parried from close range by Etrit Berisha’s legs. Ilicic at the other end turned Roberto Gagliolo inside out before his shot was palmed out from under the bar, then Luigi Sepe denied a Musa Barrow header.
Portuguese veteran Bruno Alves made two decisive tackles in quick succession on Ilicic and Gomez, but Parma had a triple scoring opportunity straight after the restart.
First Berisha punched away a cross, then Luca Siligardi’s follow-up was charged down by Jose Luis Palomino, bounced into the path of Gervinho, who was somehow denied from point-blank range by Rafael Toloi.
Instead, Atalanta took the lead with a stroke of good fortune. Ilicic’s ferocious but central strike stung Sepe’s gloves, only to ricochet in off the shins of Riccardo Gagliolo for an own goal.
Barrow and Gomez also drilled wide, with Siligardi’s well-taken volley charged down, but the hosts doubled their advantage on a set play.
Defender Gianluca Mancini flicked on the corner with his head for Palomino to tap in at the back post.
Mancini provided the assist and added a goal to his tally soon after, sliding in to meet an Ilicic corner in the six-yard box.
Ilicic still wasn’t happy and his powerful curler rattled the crossbar in the final minutes.
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