Duvan Zapata single-handedly destroyed Frosinone, scoring four of Atalanta’s goals in a 5-0 triumph, now on 14 goals in his last eight games.
The leakiest defence in Serie A hosted the most prolific attack as the second half of the season kicked off. Marco Capuano and Camillo Ciano were suspended, with Daniel Ciofani, Francesco Zampano, Lorenzo Ariaudo, Emil Hallfredsson, Federico Dionisi and Luca Paganini injured, so Luca Valzania made his Frosinone debut against his parent club.
It took just 11 minutes to break the deadlock, as centre-back Gianluca Mancini wandered up to nod in a Mario Pasalic cross from the left, surprising his fellow defenders from six yards.
Josip Ilicic almost gifted the equaliser, as he stumbled on the ball, sparking a rapid counter and Pasalic needed a desperate defensive header to stop Raman Chibsah scoring.
Pasalic was in the thick of the action, his diving header palmed round the post by Marco Sportiello on an Ilicic free kick.
Duvan Zapata attempted a back-heel flick on a Hans Hateboer pull-back from the by-line, but as the move continued and the cross was put back in by Pasalic, he took no chances and relied on the traditional towering header to double Atalanta’s lead.
The Canarini conceded a third straight after the restart, as Duvan Zapata sprung the offside trap and rode a clumsy tackle to fire the angled drive under on-rushing goalkeeper Sportiello.
Sportiello flew to palm a Papu Gomez rocket over the bar, on the resulting corner Frosinone went on the counter and Etrit Berisha was alert to get his fingertips to the Andrea Pinamonti lob.
Duvan Zapata confirmed his candidacy for the Capocannoniere title with astonishing form. Hateboer knocked down a Timothy Castagne cross and Duvan Zapata anticipated his marker for a low volley from 10 yards.
The Colombian even completed his poker with the fourth of his game, a simple header on Pessina’s cross after the corner was not cleared effectively.
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