The first goal in Serie A is a special moment for any player as their name goes down in the record books alongside many greats of the game. It’s even more special for a player when scoring isn’t their bread and butter. It happened on Sunday for Gianluca Mancini as he scored the match-winner for Atalanta at home against Chievo.
The 21-year-old centre-back’s goal saw the Orobici claim three points at home in the league for the first time in almost two months. His effort saw Atalanta win against a tough opponent in a tight match when the home side created chances but weren’t able to finish. He had to wait a moment to celebrate as Calvarese used VAR to confirm that it was a good goal. Gasperini didn’t miss a chance to issue praise saying: “He’s an interesting prospect, a lad who can be part of Atalanta and he has potential. He played an excellent game, he’s got physical and technical capabilities, he’ll have a great career.”
Another young Italy player who deserves credit was Federico Chiesa who showed his athletic and technical a ability in scoring the winner for Fiorentina at Bologna. The result saw his side end a run of two straight defeats and it all becomes easier to Pioli’s side when he turns it on.