SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 3 - 15 Sep 2019 (11.30 UK)
Genoa 1 - 2 Atalanta
Muriel pen 64 (A), Criscito pen 90 (G), Duvan Zapata 95 (A)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Duvan Zapata scored a stoppage-time stunner to give Atalanta victory away to Genoa just moments after a debatable penalty.

The Grifone were unbeaten after a 3-3 draw at Roma and victory over Fiorentina, so were hoping to cause an upset against last season’s surprise outfit Atalanta, especially with the distraction of an upcoming Champions League debut. Stefano Sturaro and Francesco Cassata were out of action, while the Orobici had Rafael Toloi back from injury. Cristian Zapata got to mark his cousin and fellow Colombia international Duvan Zapata.

Atalanta went into this match unbeaten in six Serie A away fixtures, just one shy of their all-time club record set in 1992.

It was an aggressive start from the hosts, with Andrea Pinamonti unable to get his foot to a Domenico Criscito low cross, but Mario Pasalic really should’ve done better with a free header on Josip Ilicic’s cross.

Duvan Zapata then tried to go for goal rather than set up teammate Hans Hateboer, who was sliding in at the back post.

Lukas Lerager’s strike was deflected over and Christian Kouame lost a foot-race with fellow hitman Duvan Zapata on the counter, doing just enough to put him off.

Ionut Radu was alert on both Duvan Zapata’s volley and a Pasalic angled drive, but Genoa had their best chance straight after the restart with Pierluigi Gollini flying to palm a Kouame curler out of the far top corner.

Lasse Schone blasted over from the edge of the box after a smart Pinamonti back-heel flick, but the game changed when two cousins clashed in the six-yard box.

Cristian Zapata went in with the wrong foot to make the tackle and tripped Duvan Zapata. The referee awarded the penalty after viewing it again on VAR, although the foul had seemed quite clear even without technology. Muriel had just come off the bench for Ilicic and kept his cool to convert, sending Radu the wrong way.

Duvan Zapata thought he’d made it 2-0 on the counter when shrugging off his cousin again, but Radu bravely rushed off his line for a save at the near post.

Robin Gosens had the ball in the net with a ferocious angled drive, but was just offside as he ran on to the Gomez pass.

There was brave defending from Rafael Toloi to block a Riccardo Saponara volley, then Pinamonti drilled inches wide. The Genoa late siege paid off when Kouame went down under a clumsy Berat Djimsiti challenge for a penalty, although there seemed to be minimal contact. Captain Criscito converted to draw level at the 90th minute.

It seemed to be over, but Atalanta had one more card up their sleeve. Duvan Zapata took one touch from the edge of the D, swung the right boot and smashed it in off the underside of the crossbar. Radu got a hand to the ball, but there was no stopping that rocket.

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Genoa: Radu; Romero, C Zapata, Criscito; Ghiglione (Ankersen 82), Schone, Radovanovic (Saponara 70), Lerager, Barreca (Pandev 82); Kouame, Pinamonti
Atalanta: Gollini; Toloi, Djimsiti, Masiello; Hateboer, Freuler, Pasalic (De Roon 56), Gosens; Gomez; Ilicic (Muriel 60), Duvan Zapata
Ref: Fabbri