Atalanta paid the penalty for a hasty defense when the Fiorentina won 2-1 in Serie A at Gewiss Stadium on Saturday night, with all three prison guards moving off the spot.
Dusan Vlahovic scored one penalty in each half and sent his team to sixth place in Serie A on a weekend when Italy’s top division got back on its feet after the international break. The hosts managed to score with a penalty from Duvan Zapata answer, but it wasn’t enough that evening.
Both coaches changed their teams, in particular Marco Sportiello replaced Juan Musso in the Atalanta goal and Lucas Torreira made his Fiorentina debut instead of Erick Pulgar.
Atalanta thought they would have taken the lead after 10 minutes when Berat Djimsiti put the ball home after a Nikola Milenkovic push block after a Zapata shot. The ball fell nicely at the defender’s feet so he could sweep home just for VAR to intervene and rule out offside a few minutes later.
After the handball by Joakim Maehle, Vincenzo Italiano’s team received the first penalty after half an hour. Up stepped Vlahovic to emphatically score his second Serie A goal of the season from 12 meters.
The second half started with some changes for La Dea, when Ruslan Malinovski replaced Aleksei Maranchuk and Robin Gosens took the place of Maehle, who had a yellow card.
But La Viola doubled their lead in the 49th minute with another sweet penalty from Vlahovic after Giacomo Bonaventura was fouled in the penalty area. The midfielder had taken advantage of a low pass before storming into the box and stepping over a couple of times before being turned around.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s team were awarded their own penalty, and Zapata – on his first appearance of the season – stepped up to send it off, halving the gap to 2-1.