Coppa Italia: Napoli 1-2 Atalanta

Coppa Italia: Napoli 1-2 Atalanta

Notizie | 02/01/2018

Mertens' late strike was not enough as Gasperini's side advance to the semis

Napoli were knocked out of the cup at the quarter-final stage as a strong second-half showing saw Atalanta triumph at the San Paolo.

After a cagey opening period in which Maurizio Sarri's side were unable to capitalise on the few chances that came their way, Timothy Castagne opened the scoring for the visitors following a lucky bounce in the box.

The Azzurri fought back but conceded a second 10 minutes from time when Alejandro Gomez rifled home an unstoppable effort.

Dries Mertens pulled one back to set up a thrilling finale but despite their best efforts Napoli were unable to force a late equaliser.

Napoli 1-2 Atalanta (HT 0-0)
Scorers: Castagne 50, Gomez 81, D. Mertens 84.

Napoli: Sepe, Hysaj, Chiriches, Koulibaly, Rui, Rog, Diawara, Hamsik (Insigne 56), Callejon (Mertens 56), Zielinski, Ounas (Allan 72).
Subs: Reina, Rafael, Albiol, Maggio, Maksimovic, Tonelli, Allan, Jorginho, Do Nascimento, Insigne, Mertens.
Coach: Maurizio Sarri.

Atalanta: Berisha, Toloi, Caldara, Palomino, Castagne, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens, Crostante, Gomez, Cornelius.
Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.

Referee: Giacomelli (Trieste).
Booked: Freuler, Koulibaly, Rog, Caldara.