Atalanta thought they’d completed another comeback with Duvan Zapata’s brace, but Torino exploited set plays for a surprise 3-2 victory.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s men fought back from 2-0 down to beat SPAL 3-2 last week and welcomed Josip Ilicic back from suspension, though Timothy Castagne was still injured. Toro were tired after Thursday’s Europa League play-off defeat to Wolves and lost Simone Zaza to a knock, joining Cristian Ansaldi, Lyanco, Simone Edera and Iago Falque on the treatment table. Alex Berenguer therefore moved up to support Andrea Belotti.
This match was played at the Stadio Tardini in Parma, as the Gewiss Arena in Bergamo is still under construction.
Toro missed a sitter straight away, Soulaihe Meite’s cross finding Berenguer to come sliding in, but he somehow managed to hit the near post, it rolled all the way along the goal-line and bounced off the other upright.
It was an extremely aggressive start from Atalanta, who pinned Toro back with Papu Gomez seeing his angled drive flash inches past both the far post and Duvan Zapata.
Pierluigi Gollini flew to keep out an Armando Izzo header, as the Granata were continually dangerous on set plays.
It was Torino who broke the deadlock with Kevin Bonifazi’s absolutely free header on a Daniele Baselli corner, as the marking was dismal.
Atalanta equalised with Duvan Zapata, who finished off a classic counter-attack from Mario Pasalic with his precise angled drive into the far bottom corner from a tight angle with his right foot.
On the stroke of half-time it should’ve been 2-1 to Atalanta, but Duvan Zapata this time skimmed the post with an almost identical opportunity set up by Ilicic.
Salvatore Sirigu flew after the restart to save a deflected Duvan Zapata header from a corner, then Koffi Djidji desperately blocked the Colombian’s strike from another Pasalic assist.
Duvan Zapata activated beast mode by surging forward, shaking off one defender, turning another and hitting his shot so hard that it squirmed through the goalkeeper’s arms.
However, moments later Torino were level again on 2-2, as Alex Berenguer completed a give-and-go with Meite to run down the left and his finish from the tightest of angles surprised Gollini.
It was Toro who turned it around this time, with Armando Izzo allowed a free header at the back post and Atalanta again very poor when marking on dead-ball situations.
Ilicic’s volley was beaten away by Sirigu with real difficulty and deep into stoppages Hans Hateboer’s header skimmed the woodwork.
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