Both Spezia and Atalanta rattled the frame of the goal in the first half, but it’s still 0-0 going into the break.
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La Dea brought back Pierluigi Gollini, Marten de Roon and Robin Gosens from injury, but Spezia missed Jeroen Zoet, Andrij Galabinov, Daniele Verde and Cristian Dell’Orco.
Spezia certainly had an aggressive start, as in the opening 120 seconds Diego Farias saw his powerful curler from outside the box smack against the far post.
Gosens fired inches wide after riding a Claudio Terzi tackle, then Erlic made a decisive block on Duvan Zapata after Josip Ilicic caught Spezia in possession.
Fabio Depaoli was forced off with a muscular problem, so Cristiano Piccini received his debut in the Atalanta jersey.
Atalanta began to take control of the game and create more chances, which culminated in Duvan Zapata’s precise finish from the edge of the area bouncing off the base of the upright.
Spezia 0-0 Atalanta (Half-Time)
Spezia: Provedel; Vignali, Erlic, Terzi, S Bastoni; Estevez, Ricci, Pobega; Gyasi, Nzola, Farias
Atalanta: Gollini; Toloi, Romero, Palomino; Depaoli (Piccini 25), De Roon, Pessina, Gosens; Ilicic; Gomez, Duvan Zapata