Ademola Lookman 68th-minute strike and Ederson’s late goal proved the decider as Atalanta pipped Genoa 2-0 in a fiery Italian Serie A encounter at the Gewiss Stadium on Sunday.
The victory saw Atalanta return to winning ways in the Serie A having lost their last league game against Lazio and a goalless draw against Juventus.
The hosts started the game brightly and had several chances to take the lead but could not crack Genoa’s defense in the first half. Lookman, however, broke the deadlock in the 68th minute bundling the ball past the line also needing assistance from VAR for the goal to stand.
Ederson put the game beyond the visitors in the 95th minute as they sealed their fifth goal of the season moving up to sixth place on the log on 16 points after nine games.
Reacting to the win, Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, who has in recent weeks been critical of the performance of the Nigeria international has some words of praise for him after his goal against Genoa.
“We play three games a week, always look for controversy: he didn’t do well in Rome, but he did very well in Lisbon and today. He played a good game, but not just today,” Gasperini told DAZN per Goal.
The goal takes Lookman’s season tally to three in nine Series A games.