Turin, Italy, Dec 7, 2019 (AFP) - Berat Djimsiti grabbed a late winner as Atalanta came from behind twice to seal a 3-2 Serie A victory over 10-man Verona on Saturday and stay in touch with the Champions League places.
Atalanta are sixth, one point behind fourth-placed Roma, who occupy the final Champions League berth after their goalless draw at Inter Milan on Friday.
But the hosts were pushed hard by Verona, coached by Croatian Ivan Juric, a former player and assistant manager to Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini at Genoa.
Italian forward Samuel Di Carmine fired the visitors ahead after 23 minutes, and completed his brace after 57 minutes.
Atalanta forward Josip Ilicic limped off with a muscle injury with Ruslan Malinovskyi coming on for the hosts after half an hour.
The Ukrainian pulled a goal back for the Bergamo side before the break, with Luis Muriel getting the equaliser from the penalty spot after 64 minutes.
Verona went a man down when Pawel Dawidowicz was sent off for a second yellow card five minutes from time.
Albanian defender Djimsiti pounced on a Rafael Toloi cross to volley in his first goal this season three minutes into injury time, a timely boost ahead of next week's Champions League trip to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Champions Juventus, who are two points behind Inter, can reclaim top spot when Maurizio Sarri's unbeaten side head south to take on in-form Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.
Seventh-placed Napoli travel to the north-east to Udinese looking to snap an eight-game winless run, before their bid to seal a Champions League last 16 berth at home against Genk next week.