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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 37 86
2 Roma 37 70
3 Lazio 37 66
4 Napoli 37 63
5 Fiorentina 37 61
6 Genoa 37 59
7 Sampdoria 37 55
8 Inter Milan 37 52
9 Torino 37 51
10 AC Milan 37 49
11 Palermo 37 46
12 Sassuolo 37 46
13 Verona 37 45
14 Chievo 37 43
15 Empoli 37 42
16 Udinese 37 41
17 Atalanta 37 37
18 Cagliari 37 31
19 Cesena 37 24
20 Parma 37 18