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Italian Serie A

Atleti Azzurri d'Italia (ATT 12,091) 2nd March 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: D Celi

Atalanta Atalanta vs Chievo Chievo

Atalanta 2

C Carmona (21)
L Cigarini (85)


Chievo 1

B Cesar (S/O 68)
D Dainelli (72)

Atalanta back to winning ways

Last Updated: 02/03/14 10:32pm

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Cyril Thereu breaks forward

Cyril Thereu breaks forward

Atalanta got back to winning ways at home with a 2-1 success over relegation-threatened Chievo.

Substitute Luca Cigarini struck the match-winning goal five minutes from the end after Bostjan Cesar's 65th-minute red card had reduced Chievo to 10 men.

Cesar was given a second caution after a soft, but ill-advised, slap to the face of German Denis with his side trailing to Carlos Carmona's first-half goal.

Chievo did equalise moments later when Dario Dainelli headed in from a free-kick but the Flying Donkeys failed to hold on as Denis supplied the assist for Cigarini.

Atalanta had suffered a rare home loss last time out, losing to Parma 4-0, but they have now won five of their past seven league games in Bergamo to almost certainly ensure survival.

The home side were quickest out of the blocks and defender Guglielmo Stendardo headed just over from Maximiliano Moralez's corner.

Daniele Baselli's long-ranger was wayward before Carmona found the target, with a right-footed drive into the top-left corner, with 21 minutes on the clock.

Chievo's best hopes of a first-half equaliser came from distance with Tiberio Guarente and Perparim Hetemaj shooting wide either side of Moralez drawing a good save from Michael Agazzi.

Atalanta pressed for a second after half-time with an unmarked Christaina Raimondi firing over from six yards.

Alberto Paloschi and Luca Rigoni offered evidence Chievo had a goal in them, but their hopes looked to have gone when Cesar's petulance earned him his marching orders.

Chievo, though, found an equaliser on 72 minutes when Dainelli headed in a free-kick from point-blank range.

With time ticking down it appeared the visitors would leave with a precious point only for Cigarini, who had been on for only a minute, to make an immediate impact.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10