Mon, Feb 26, 2007 - Page 19 News List

Palermo, Atalanta draw while Chievo see off Torino 3-0


Palermo was held to a 1-1 draw with Atalanta in the Serie A on Saturday.

Riccardo Zampagna put Atalanta ahead in the 13th minute before Aimo Stefano Diana equalized for Palermo in the 58th.

Earlier in the day, Chievo Verona beat Torino 3-0 in the only other game in Italy's top division.

Palermo is third in the standings with 44 points, five fewer than second-placed AS Roma, while league leader Inter Milan has 63 points. Atalanta has 31.

Inter played Catania yesterday looking for its 17th straight league win, while Roma faced Reggina.

Atalanta dominated the first half with Marino Defendi, Cristiano Doni and Antonino Bernardini all going close.

Zampagna scored from close range, tapping in Luca Ariatti's pass from the right.

Atalanta players unsuccessfully appealed for a penalty in the 40th when Palermo defender Mattia Cassani appeared to clip Ariatti's right heel as the midfielder ran through on goal.

"The defender was a bit late and I definitely felt contact," Ariatti said. "I tried to stay on my feet."

Palermo improved after the break and striker Andrea Caracciolo hit the crossbar in the 48th.

Diana's goal was almost identical to Zampagna's -- with Marco Pisano providing the pass.

Palermo was unlucky not to take the lead in the 68th but Giovanni Tedesco couldn't reach Caracciolo's glancing header across the face of goal.

Palermo goalkeeper Alberto Fontana and Atalanta defender Simone Loria both left the field 15 minutes before the end after a clash of heads.

Federico Agliari replaced Fontana and Alex Carrozzieri came on for Loria.

In Verona, Erjon Bogdani scored twice to help Chievo move away from the relegation zone.

Bogdani opened after only two minutes with a bending shot from the left side of the penalty area and added his second with a header in the 45th.

Matteo Brighi got Chievo's third goal in the 47th, volleying in Victor Obinna's pass.

Chievo climbed into a tie for 15th place with Torino, which has now lost six straight. Both teams have 22 points.

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