Atalanta and Torino met in a thrilling 4-4 draw at the Gewiss Stadion as both teams caught up from the first minute and eventually shared the spoils.
Despite Torino’s tremendous efforts to maintain a 4-2 two-goal advantage, there was little they could do to keep La Dea forward Luis Muriel at bay as he left his side with a goal and an assist in the last 12 minutes helped.
Young Torino stopper David Zima, who presented Muriel with his brace after a penalty for Atalanta’s fourth, had words of praise for a certain team-mate of his who is currently being targeted by some of the biggest names in world football. Despite conceding two goals in the final minutes, Brazilian defender Gleison Bremer played a big role in defending the defence.
Speaking of Bremen, 21-year-old Zima praised his defensive compatriot in his post-game press conference on the Torino Channel.
“I get along well with everyone, Praet has helped me a lot and Bremer is a champion, I’m grateful to be able to play with him,” he said (via FC InterNews).
He then mentioned that his team “deserved” the win – a questionable proposition considering Atalanta fought to the end and achieved victory grenade at death.
Zima said: “It was a tough match, but we deserved to win.”
The result took a heavy toll on Atalanta’s faint European hopes, although they ended up clinching a hard-earned point. 11thOn the other hand, Torino are still aiming for a first-half first-place finish in three seasons – an achievable result after their fifth unbeaten trip in six away games.