Atalanta had the best scoring opportunities, forcing several Ivan Provedel saves and seeing a goal disallowed, while both teams hit the upright.
It ended 0-0 at the Orogel Stadium in Cesena, but it was by no means a game short on incident.
Spezia came flying out the blocks and rattled the woodwork in the opening minutes with Diego Farias, followed by Duvan Zapata at the other end.
Robin Gosens did get the ball in the net, but was denied by Duvan Zapata’s shoulder in an offside position.
Provedel did the rest with heroics in the Spezia goal, particularly during the closing stages of the match.