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Serie A

  • November 26, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo
  • Referee: D. Orsato
  • • Attendance: 17827

Atalanta 1-1 Napoli: Last-gasp Cavani strike saves Mazzarri's men from defeat

Atalanta 1-1 Napoli: Last-gasp Cavani strike saves Mazzarri's men from defeat

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Stefano Colantuono’s side shared the spoils as Hamsik and Co. failed to build on from the midweek triumph in Europe over Manchester City with another victory after Denis' opener

Napoli scored a late goal to share the points with Atalanta in a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia in Bergamo.

German Denis’ second half strike looked to send Atalanta on its way to three points before Edison Cavani poked the ball home late in injury time.

The away side started the match the stronger side and enjoyed most of the attacks in the opening half. Juan Zuniga posed Atalanta the biggest threat, with most of the Azzurri’s attacks involving the right back. Coach Walter Mazzarri opted to start the young Colombian and it almost paid off when his 20th minute cross was parried away by Andrea Consigli.

Mazzarri's men controlled the majority of the first half and it wasn’t until the 34th minute that Atalanta had its first real chance. Carlos Carmona shot from the edge of the box, but Morgan De Sanctis had no trouble collecting the ball.

The best chance of the first 45 fell to Atalanta talisman German Denis. The Argentine striker, on loan from fellow Serie A side Udinese, attempted a bicycle kick, but could not find the target.

At the other end, Napoli won a free kick just outside the Atalanta area, but miscommunication amongst the away side led to a wasted effort. Both Goran Pandev and Blerim Dzemaili attempted to take the free kick, but a mix-up saw the ball sail over Consigli’s bar near the end of the opening half.  

The home side appeared the more confident team after the interval and Denis came agonizingly close when he volleyed from an acute angle, only to see the crossbar come to Napoli's rescue.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 64th minute when the ever-prolific Denis picked up the ball on the edge of the area from a Maxi Moralez pass. The 30-year-old composed himself before slotting the ball into the Napoli net, to the delight of the home crowd.

The goal seemed to boost the home side’s confidence and even the introduction of Ezequiel Lavezzi could not help the trailing Azzurri. Napoli won a number of free kicks in the remaining 15 minutes, but Lavezzi could not find his teammates in the opposition area.

Atalanta seemed to have earned the three points until Cavani followed up from his midweek double with a 94th minute equalizer. The Uruguayan was unmarked in the box as he redirected a shot into the home side's net to silence the crowd.

Atalanta travel to Verona next Sunday to face Chievo while Napoli host second place Juventus at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday evening.

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