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Atalanta Go Down To 10, Miss A Penalty… But Still Overcome Lazio

Atalanta have qualified for the Coppa Italia semi-finals with a 3-2 win over Lazio, a match in which they finished with 10 men.

Berat Djimsiti gave Atalanta the early lead. Jose Luis Palomino had a shot saved by Pepe Reina, but the Albanian was on hand to tap in from close range despite being surrounded by four Lazio players.

Vedat Muriqi levelled shortly after, though, just after a quarter of an hour had been played. A good Francesco Acerbi ball from the left found the forward, who climbed highest and headed back across Pierluigi Gollini.

Then Lazio got themselves in front. Acerbi won the ball back in Atalanta’s half and set off on a run into the box, from where he finished easily past Gollini.

But Atalanta were back on terms three minutes later. Ruslan Malinovskyi finished after being picked out by Luis Muriel.

After the break, Palomino made Atalanta’s task more difficult than it already was as he brought down Manuel Lazzari as he bore down on Gollini’s area, earning a red card.

Within five minutes of going down to 10 men, though, Atalanta got themselves ahead again, with Aleksey Miranchuk finishing after having been put through by Cristian Romero, who had abandoned all defensive duties to push forward.

La Dea had a penalty soon after, but Duvan Zapata couldn’t beat Reina after being fouled to win the spot kick.

It didn’t matter, though, as Atalanta – who have just seen Papu Gomez leave for Sevilla – made it into the final four of the competition.

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