Papu Gomez got Atalanta back on track with two goals and an assist for Alberto Grassi, as they made short work of Pescara.
The Orobici were brought back to earth with a thud last week, losing fourth place and confidence with a 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Inter. They hosted a Pescara side in even worse shape, sitting rock bottom of Serie A after three consecutive defeats. Jasmin Kurtic and Alessandro Bruno sat out bans, with Etrit Berisha, Franck Kessie and Daniele Conti injured for the hosts. Zdenek Zeman missed Simone Pepe, Gianluca Caprari, Guglielmo Stendardo, Davide Vitturini and Alberto Gilardino.
The Delfini last beat Atalanta in a September 1998 Serie B tie, followed by three draws and 11 losses, home and away in all competition.
Goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini got to make his Atalanta debut a day after his 22nd birthday. Papu Gomez tested Albano Bizzarri at the near post and opened the scoring with a precise low drive into the near bottom corner after a cross from the right went past two players.
Rafael Toloi almost scored the goal of the season, his spectacular scorpion kick looping up only for Bizzarri to fingertip it out from under the bar.
Bryan Cristante nodded just over, Andrea Petagna skimmed the upright and Pescara threatened through Francesco Zampano’s strike over the bar.
Grassi’s curler was palmed out of the far top corner, then Petagna just failed to tap in the Andrea Masiello pull-back and Hateboer stung Bizzarri’s gloves.
Mattia Caldara’s header whistled wide from a free kick, but Atalanta doubled their lead when Gomez burst down the left and pulled back for Grassi to fire home from 10 yards.
Alberto Paloschi should’ve made it 3-0, but his strike cannoned off the crossbar after Bizzarri fumbled a Remo Freuler cross.
Papu did add a third in stoppages, as the Delfini defence fell asleep and he was allowed to blast in a loose ball.
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