Serie A Week 15 - 11 Dec 2011 (14.00 UK)
Atalanta 1 - 1
Legrottaglie 20 (C), Tiribocchi 70 (A)
Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia

Atalanta snatched a point against 10-man Catania thanks to Simone Tiribocchi’s volley.

This was somewhere between a relegation dogfight and a mid-table tussle, as both sides had a strong start to the season. The Orobici will be without Daniele Capelli and Cristiano Doni for the rest of the season, adding the suspended Stefano Lucchini to the absentees for this round. Catania were still smarting from four consecutive defeats in which they scored one goal and conceded eight, so gave Maxi Lopez a rare start up front.

Andrea Consigli got down to beat a long-range Sergio Almiron snapshot round the far post, while Francesco Lodi fired over from a very promising position and the Atalanta goalkeeper dived to parry a Potenza strike.

Catania were beginning to pour forward and broke the deadlock with a towering header from veteran Nicola Legrottaglie, who soared above the crowd to nod Marchese’s cross under the bar.

Gennaro Delvecchio’s audacious chest and overhead kick was only just wide of the upright, while German Denis aimed his header straight at Mariano Andujar.

However, Catania were forced into a turning point on the stroke of half-time when Nicolas Spolli pushed Denis on the edge of the box, earning a second yellow card.

Naturally, Atalanta took control in the second half and introduced striker Simone Tiribocchi. Giuseppe Bellusci’s deflection on a Thomas Manfredini cross risked an own goal, but there were perhaps too many Orobici in attack, as Simone Bonaventura went for Ezequiel Schelotto’s cross when Tiribocchi was in a better position.

Tiribocchi did get his goal from a corner, which he volleyed into the ground as it bounced over the ‘keeper.

Denis went round Andujar, but nobody was ready to tap his cross into the empty net. Salvatore Masiello’s header from a set play flashed across the face of goal to skim the far post in the final minutes. Guido Marilungo’s looping effort was fingertipped out from under the bar.

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Atalanta: Consigli; Ferri, Manfredini, Masiello, Bellini (Bonaventura 60); Schelotto, Cigarini, Carmona (Tiribocchi 49), Padoin; Moralez (Marilungo 85); Denis
: Andujar; Bellusci, Legrottaglie, Spolli; Potenza, Almiron, Lodi (Capuano 89), Delvecchio, Marchese; Barrientos (Sciacca 76), Maxi Lopez (Bergessio 67)
Ref: Giannoccaro

Sent off: Spolli 42 (C)