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Atleti Azzurri d'Italia (ATT 14,000) 19th April 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Daniele Minelli

Atalanta Atalanta vs Verona Verona

Atalanta 1

G Denis (87)

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Verona 2

M Donati (53)
L Toni (72)

Verona win away

Last Updated: 19/04/14 4:21pm

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Luca Toni celebrates with his Verona team-mates

Luca Toni celebrates with his Verona team-mates

Hellas Verona moved back into the top half of the Serie A table with a 2-1 win at Atalanta on Saturday afternoon.

Former Atalanta midfielder Massimo Donati put the visitors ahead early in the second half and Luca Toni doubled their lead in the 72nd minute.

German Denis pulled one back for the hosts three minutes from time but Hellas held on for three points.

The win was the promoted club's 15th of the campaign and lifted them three points above their opponents and into 10th place with four games remaining.

Both teams went into the encounter in Bergamo level on 46 points and having already assured top-flight football next season.

The hosts were first to threaten in the 16th minute when Carlos Carmona's 30-yard strike had power and precision but was met by a fine save from Hellas goalkeeper Rafael.

Midway through the first half, Toni fired high and wide from close range with only Atalanta goalkeeper Andrea Consigli to beat.

The visitors almost went ahead before half-time when Marquinho fed Juan Iturbe in the area, but his right-footed attempt was well saved by Consigli.

Hellas broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute when Donati drilled a right-footed shot from 30 yards into the top-right corner and out of Consigli's reach.

The men from Verona continued to push forward and were again rewarded.

Iturbe set up Toni in the area and the veteran forward struck the ball from 12 yards past Consigli for his 18th goal of the campaign.

Shortly after, substitute Juan Gomez was unlucky not to add Hellas' third of the afternoon when his right-footed effort from a central position struck the far post with Consigli beaten.

Hellas could not hold onto their two-goal advantage as they failed to clear Luca Cigarini's free-kick, allowing Denis to slot home with his right foot, but they defended deeply thereafter and held on for victory.

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Table

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