Five talking points following yet another glorious defeat for Hellas Verona in Bergamo on Saturday afternoon
# 1.Back-to-back losses (despite another impressive performance). With zero points from their last two games, Verona have nothing to show from two magnificent performances against two of Serie A's most potent teams (Roma and Atalanta).
# 2. Six goals conceded in two games. After claiming one of the tightest defences in the league, Verona have now shipped six goals in two games. This will be a source of some concern for Juric, whose success this season has been built on an impressive defensive record and a formidable three-man defensive unit.
# 3. Di Carmine finds his form. Verona's lack of goals was its biggest problem in the early stages of the season. That lack of fire power now seems less acute. We waited a long time for him to find the net in Serie A and then, like buses, three goals in quick succession (one against Fiorentina and two against Atalanta). A brief period of exile after a falling out with Juric seems to have done the Tuscan striker some good.While Pazzini remains out of favour, Salcedo is recovering from an operation and Stepinski is yet to find the net, it seems like Di Carmine is the answer to Verona's striking conundrum.
# 4. VAR strikes again. After taking the lead for the second time in the match, VAR then intervened to award a soft penalty to the home side following an innocuous looking challenge involving Faraoni at the back post. The Atalanta players seemed as surprised as anyone when the referee pointed to the spot after a brief consultation with VAR.
# 5. Dawidowicz sees red (again). With five minutes remaining on the clock, Atalanta were handed a further advantage when Dawidowicz picked up his second yellow card following a spot of wrestling on the half-way line. It was the Polish defender's second red of the season, his first coming against Bologna on the opening game of the season. With 93 minutes on the clock, Atalanta took advantage of their numerical superiority, taking the lead for the first time in the game. For Verona, a disappointing finale to a thrilling game.
Next up for Verona: Torino at home on Sunday lunchtime.