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Atalanta Brought Back Down To Earth With Verona Defeat

News18
·1-min read

Atalanta, surprise winners away to Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday, were brought tumbling back down to earth on Saturday when they were beaten 2-0 at home by Verona in Serie A.

The Bergamo side created a hatful of chances but failed to convert any of them and were undone by a Miguel Veloso penalty and a Mattia Zaccagni strike in the final half-hour.

Verona moved up to sixth with 15 points, overtaking their opponents who have one point less. Last season’s topscorers, Atalanta have won only one of their last six league games.

Josip Ilicic, Duvan Zapata and Remo Freuler all missed early chances for Atalanta and Johan Mojica headed a Hans Hateboer cross wide while Verona sounded a warning when Veloso smashed a shot against the crossbar.

Both teams had chances after the break before Rafael Toloi clumsily knocked over Zaccagni and Veloso converted the penalty in the 62nd minute.

Atalanta saw more chances go begging, with Luis Muriel the main culprit, before Veloso chipped the ball over the defence and Zaccagni controlled it superbly then rifled the ball home with seven minutes left.

(Writing by Brian Homewood; editing by Clare Fallon)