Bonaventura stunner against hometown club helps Fiorentina beat Atalanta 3-2 in Serie A

Sun, Sep 17, 2023
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Bonaventura stunner against hometown club helps Fiorentina beat Atalanta 3-2 in Serie A

MILAN (AP) - Giacomo Bonaventura scored a stunning goal against his hometown club to help Fiorentina beat Atalanta 3-2 in Serie A on Sunday.

Fiorentina was trailing to Teun Koopmeiners' strike when Nicolas Gonzalez nodded down a long ball into the box and Bonaventura controlled it with his boot before turning and volleying into the far side of the net in one marvelous move.

Bonaventura, who progressed through the ranks at Atalanta before leaving in 2014 for AC Milan, celebrated wildly.

And Fiorentina turned the match around completely on the stroke of halftime when Lucas Martinez Quarta headed in Alfred Duncan's cross.

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Ademola Lookman equalized eight minutes after the break with a fine strike but substitute Christian Kouame scored what was to prove the winner in the 76th following some poor defending by Atalanta.

Roma played newly promoted Empoli later Sunday with Jose Mourinho's side still searching for its first win of the season.

BEST STARTS

Frosinone fought back from two goals down to beat Sassuolo 4-2 and record its best-ever start to a Serie A season.

Former Frosinone forward Andrea Pinamonti's brace had put the visitors 2-0 up in the 24th minute but Walid Cheddira won and converted a penalty in first-half stoppages to get his side back into the match.

Luca Mazzitelli netted twice in six minutes in the second half and Pol Lirola sealed the match against his old club.

Frosinone, which also hit the woodwork twice, has seven points from its opening four matches.

Lecce has a point more after matching its best start to a season with a 1-1 draw at Monza, despite playing most of the second half with 10 men.

Lecce took the lead in the third minute through Nikola Krstovic's penalty but Andrea Colpani leveled 20 minutes later and the visitors' chances of maintaining their unbeaten start to the season appeared to diminish when defender Federico Baschirotto was shown a straight red card for a foul on Monza midfielder Leonardo Colombo just 10 minutes after the break.

Monza had a goal disallowed before it was also reduced to 10 men, with five minutes remaining, after Luca Caldirola received a second yellow card.

Claudio Ranieri's Cagliari and Udinese are still searching for their first wins after they played out a 0-0 draw.

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