January 2, 2018 / 10:20 PM / 17 days ago

Atalanta upset Napoli to reach Coppa semi-finals

MILAN (Reuters) - Atalanta continued their impressive season when they won 2-1 at Serie A leaders Napoli on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.

The Bergamo-based team, whose only major title success was when they won the same competition in 1963, have also reached the last 32 of the Europa League and are ninth in Serie A.

Napoli rotated their team, leaving forwards Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne on the bench, and were unrecognisable from the side which usually plays the most flowing and entertaining football in Italy.

Atalanta went ahead five minutes after the restart with a goal from Timothy Castagne, who blasted the ball into the net from close range after Andreas Cornelius’s shot hit a defender and rebounded into his path.

Gomez added a brilliant second in the 81st minute when he collected the ball on the left, sped past Vlad Chiriches as the Napoli defender slipped and unleashed an unstoppable shot from a narrow angle past Luigi Sepe.

Mertens, brought on the in second half, pulled one back in the 84th minute but Atalanta, who beat Napoli home and away in the league last season, comfortably held on.

Atalanta will face either titleholders Juventus or Torino, who meet on Wednesday, in their two-legged semi-final.

Writing by Brian Homewood in Bern,; Editing by Neville Dalton

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