Jasmin Kurtic gave Fiorentina their first Serie A win of the season, surprising Atalanta in Bergamo.
The Viola beat Guingamp 3-0 on Thursday in the Europa League, but were without a point or a goal so far in Serie A. Mario Gomez was above all eager to break his drought, while Borja Valero was not fit enough to start. The Orobici were unbeaten so far with four points, but had lost the previous two editions of this fixture 2-0.
Josip Ilicic forced a save from Marco Sportiello after just 90 seconds, but Atalanta had a fantastic scoring opportunity when Richmond Boakye ran on to a Marco D’Alessandro assist and lost his footing, scuffing the angled drive. It still would’ve gone in had Neto not stuck out a foot to get the decisive deflection.
Marcos Alonso’s strike swerved in the air, forcing Sportiello into a tricky save, and from that corner the defender aimed a free header off target.
Neto got down to block a Luca Cigarini free kick and Marcelo Estigarribia’s curler flashed just wide with the goalkeeper rooted to the spot.
Jasmin Kurtic came off the bench and immediately made the difference, scoring his first goal in a Viola jersey. He ran on to a Mati Fernandez assist and placed a daisy-cutter in off the inside of the far post from the edge of the box.
An Ilicic solo effort skimmed the far top corner and Neto got behind Zappacosta and Benalouane snapshots. Micah Richards made his Serie A debut, coming off the bench for Manuel Pasqual.
Ex-Catania striker Alejandro Gomez unleashed a strike that surprised Neto, but the goalkeeper still managed to parry with his face.
Neto used a more traditional part of his body – his foot – to stop Boakye’s cheeky finish squirming in at the near post from the tightest of angles.
The Brazilian was also alert to top Kurtic accidentally scoring an own goal with his deflection on Carlos Carmona’s shot heading under the bar. Deep into stoppages, Boakye had the chance to tap in, but a deflection off a last-ditch tackle put it out for a corner.
See the latest Serie A predictions and betting tips with Eurotips.co.uk