Serie A | Spezia 1-3 Atalanta: Muriel gets Dea back on track

Luis Muriel contributed a goal and an assist around the Berat Djimsiti header, as Atalanta conquered La Spezia despite conceding after some suicidal defending.

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Serie A Highlights: Spezia 1-3 Atalanta

Both teams were furious at recent refereeing decisions, so tension was high at the Stadio Picco. Ivan Provedel was available after his one-match ban for blasphemous phrases was revoked on appeal, while Martin Erlic returned from suspension, with Leo Sena and Ebrima Colley still injured. La Dea missed Giuseppe Pezzella, Rafael Toloi and Josip Ilicic.

Simone Bastoni ran onto a slide-rule pass and narrowed the angle too much, only able to hit the outside of the near post.

Atalanta took the lead moments later, Luis Muriel exchanging passes with Ruslan Malinovskyi to enter the penalty area, selling a dummy on Jakub Kiwior before drilling into the far bottom corner.

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Spezia equalised with the most route one approach, because every Atalanta outfield player was inside the opposition half when Daniele Verde was sent clear on a Giulio Maggiore ball over the top, beating Juan Musso one-on-one.

Verde almost had another a couple of minutes later, although he was offside, but still worth noting both the spectacular chest and volley with his back to goal and Musso’s save at the near top corner.

Remo Freuler should’ve done better when prodding a Teun Koopmeiners cross wide from six yards and Malinovskyi’s free kick stung the goalkeeper’s gloves.

Muriel skimmed the far top corner with a powerful strike off the outside of the boot that swerved at the last second.

Jeremie Boga’s free header was off target, but two defenders combined for the second Atalanta goal. A free kick was taken quickly, Merih Demiral knocked it down for the Berat Djimsiti header at the back post, his first Serie A goal of the season and the 20th different Atalanta player to score in the league this term.

Boga smashed a powerful strike onto the crossbar after a smart passing move, Provedel parrying the follow-up too, while Emmanuel Gyasi missed a sitter after turning Hans Hateboer.

Mario Pasalic sealed it when Muriel threaded through a slide-rule pass and he just swept it first-time into the far bottom corner with the inside of the right boot from 12 yards.

Spezia 1-3 Atalanta

Muriel 16 (A), Verde 30 (S), Djimsiti 73 (A), Pasalic 88 (A)

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