Duvan Zapata played a central function as Atalanta completed a memorable comeback to defeat Napoli two-1 at the Stadio San Paolo and maintain their dreams of reaching subsequent season’s Champions League alive.
With it, Gian Piero Gasperini’s Bergamaschi continued their extraordinary second half of this Serie A season, taking their points total for the second round of fixtures to 28 – second only to Juventus’ 31.
These two had had additional shots than any other individuals sides in Serie A ahead of items got underway at the San Paolo but possibilities weren’t fairly as plentiful as may have been anticipated.
Dries Mertens had a major possibility to open the scoring just after Andrea Masiello misjudged a bounce of the ball, enabling the Belgian to go 1-on-1 with Pierluigi Gollini. The Atalanta goalkeeper rushed out of his box and as Mertens looked to round him he went to ground, only to indicate himself that there was no speak to for a foul, wasting a major possibility.
Napoli did get their lead midway via the initially half although and Kevin Malcuit played an significant function as he got down the ideal. From the byline, he reduce 1 back for Mertens, but it was Gianluca Mancini in the finish who located the back of his personal net.
Papu Gomez came to life just on half time and he stung the fingers of David Ospina in the half’s dying seconds, ahead of then locating Mancini for a header that was straight at the Partenopei ‘keeper.
Arkadiusz Milik was a matter of millimetres from doubling the hosts’ lead early in the second half. The Pole dinked a delicate work more than Gollini and as his ball was just about to absolutely cross the line Masiello slid in and produced an extraordinary recovery to dig it out of the objective.
Gomez then attempted his luck from variety once more, this time attempting to use the surface water to skid 1 previous Ospina but, once more, the Colombian was equal to it and Hans Hateboer dragged his stick to up wide. Josip Ilicic came on for La Dea and had his personal work from variety but his sliced his shot wayward.
Factors opened up a small then. Mertens, Milik, Ilicic and Zapata had been beginning to obtain space at either finish.
That space was taken benefit of by Zapata, as the Colombian levelled the scores with his 20th Serie A strike of the season.
Hateboer got down the ideal and rolled a ball into the six-yard box exactly where Duvan was on-hand to expertly sweep the ball into the net.
Unsurprisingly, Ilicic and Zapata had been involved as the Bergamaschi went ahead. The Slovenian charged forward and located his striker who looked to have passed up the possibility as he went slightly wide, only to lay off a back-heeled pass to Mario Pasalic, leaving Ospina in no man’s land, and enabling the Croatian to tap into an open objective.