Alejandro Gómez fired Atalanta into the Coppa Italia semi final on Tuesday evening as La Dea managed to beat Serie A leaders Napoli at the San Paolo.
Timothy Castagne had given Atalanta the lead but it was ten minutes from time when Papu dashed away from Vlad Chiriches and blasted the ball into the top corner from an acute angle.
Dries Mertens headed a goal back minutes later but Napoli were unable to force an equaliser.
Atalanta have won the Coppa Italia once in their history back in 1963 but ahead of a semi final against either Juventus or Torino, the club can dream of lifting the trophy once more. Papu’s status as a cult hero is already in no doubt but if the captain could lead Atalanta to the title, it would be a crowning moment.
El golón de Papu Gómez para eliminar al Napoli de la Coppa Italia pic.twitter.com/B6mu0RQNqK
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In the Premier League, Manchester City were immediately back to winning ways after their goalless draw with Crystal Palace two days ago, beating Watford 3-1 on Tuesday evening.
Sergio Agüero wrapped up the points with his 13th goal of the season after Raheem Sterling’s first minute opener and a Christian Kabasele own goal had put City firmly in control.
The Argentina number nine could have been on the scoresheet earlier but eventually got the goal that City’s dominance deserved when he pounced on a rebound from Kevin De Bruyne’s parried shot.
Agüero has now scored ten goals in six appearances against Watford in all competitons.