Serie A Week 34 - 27 Apr 2013 (17.00 UK)
Atalanta 1 - 1 Bologna
Giorgi 67 (A), Gilardino 76 (B)
Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia

Atalanta dominated this match, but Alberto Gilardino snatched a point for Bologna in the 1-1 draw that ended with Davide Moscardelli in goal.

Both sides were practically safe, but needed a few more points to be sure. Atalanta had Giacomo Bonaventura, Lionel Scaloni, Cristiano Raimondi and Carlos Carmona suspended, plus Riccardo Cazzola, Franco Brienza, Guido Marilungo and Igor Budan injured. Manolo Gabbiadini sat out a ban for Bologna with injured Niccolo Cherubin, so Cristian Pasquato got a rare start.

Alessandro Diamanti’s snapshot took a deflection wide in the opening 150 seconds, but it was difficult to create chances under the pouring rain.

A corner fell to Alberto Gilardino, who twice saw shots beaten away from point-blank range by desperate goalkeeper Andrea Consigli. Atalanta lost Cristiano Del Grosso to a nasty bruise on his thigh muscle, stretchered off to make way for Brivio.

Gyorgy Garics was extremely fortunate to avoid a second yellow card for his crunching tackle on Marko Livaja’s shin.

Maxi Moralez exchanged passes with Livaja to go clear, but Frederik Sorensen had a decisive touch to take it out for a corner as he was pulling the trigger.

Before the break, Maxi Moralez was again dangerous, his fierce angled drive stinging the palms of Gianluca Curci at the near post. Atalanta were pouring forward towards half-time and Brivio flashed a shot across the face of goal. Saphir Taider was decisive in blocking Denis as he was set to shoot from close range.

Denis spun round Sorensen to put the ball in the back of the net, but was correctly halted for an offside position.

Diamanti tested the goalkeeper with a viciously-swerving long-range free kick and Sorensen put in a decisive tackle to stop Livaja firing in from eight yards.

Livaja had another fanastic opportunity from 10 yards, but this time he was kept out by Curci’s trailing leg.

Atalanta finally broke through on the counter when Brivio found space to sprint down the left, Curci only flapped at the cross and Luigi Giorgi acrobatically volleyed in the rebound at the back post.

A Denis header was straight at Curci on Giorgi’s cross, then the goalkeeper had to prevent an own goal.

However, Bologna equalised against the run of play with Gilardino, who hooked down a Diamanti ball over the top to commit the defender and flicked in off the outside of his boot.

Maxi Moralez continued his personal duel with Curci, a sweeping strike flapped off the line with one strong hand by the goalkeeper.

Davide Moscardelli’s sudden screamer stung Consigli’s gloves from distance. Bad news for Bologna in stoppages, as Curci collapsed during a goal kick and clutched the thigh that already had a large strapping on it. He has suffered from muscular problems throughout the campaign. As Bologna had completed all the substitutions, he handed his jersey and gloves to Moscardelli.

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Atalanta: Consigli; Ferri, Stendardo, Lucchini, Del Grosso (Brivio 29); Giorgi (Radovanovic 79), Cigarini, Biondini, Moralez; Livaja (Parra 64), Denis
Bologna: Curci; Garics, Sorensen, Antonsson, Morleo; Perez (Guarente 59), Taider; Kone (Moscardelli 75), Diamanti, Pasquato (Christodoulopoulos 63); Gilardino
Ref: Gavillucci