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Artemio Franchi (ATT 9,500) 3rd March 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: P Tagliavento

Siena Siena vs Atalanta Atalanta

Siena 0


Atalanta 2

G Bonaventura (3, 67)

Bonaventura double sinks Siena

Last Updated: 03/03/13 4:55pm

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Two-goal Giacomo Bonaventura celebrates

Two-goal Giacomo Bonaventura celebrates

Giacomo Bonaventura scored in either half to move Atalanta nine points clear of the Serie A drop zone with a 2-0 victory over Siena.

Bonaventura opened the scoring with a cracking strike in the opening minutes and sealed the win midway through the second half with another fine effort.

Siena remain in the final relegation spot, five points adrift of safety.

This game represented a very good opportunity for the hosts to close that gap against fellow strugglers Atalanta.

But they got off to the worst possible start when Bonaventura exchanged passes with Argentinian forward German Denis before firing into the top corner from the edge of the box in the third minute.

To their credit, it was all Siena for the rest of the half and Innocent Emeghara nearly levelled proceedings but his close-range shot was blocked on the line by Cristian Raimondi before the visitors cleared the danger.

Nerazzurri goalkeeper Andrea Consigli saved well from Alessandro Rosina's effort from distance, while Brazilian centre-back Felipe was guilty of missing the target from close range.

Siena's poor finishing nearly came back to haunt them as Denis' effort on the edge of the box cannoned off the crossbar just after the interval.

The former Napoli and Udinese striker was guilty of more poor finishing when he headed wide of the post, with Siena goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo well beaten.

Team-mate Bonaventura showed him how it is done with a classy curling finish in the 67th minute following a quick counter-attack involving Marko Livaja and Raimondi.

That seemed to take the wind out of Siena's sails and although Rosina went close late on with a long-range strike, they ultimately drew a blank.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 16 27
5 Lazio 16 27
6 Genoa 16 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 16 24
9 Udinese 16 22
10 Palermo 16 22
11 Inter Milan 16 21
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 16 17
14 Empoli 16 17
15 Torino 16 17
16 Chievo 16 16
17 Atalanta 16 15
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7