The Atalanta of Wonders deservedly conquers Cagliari, but the proof of pride of the rossoblùs is still applause. Below a goal and a man after 27 minutes, they do not succumb to the blows of the Goddess managing to keep the game open until the last minute. And they regret a scoring goal canceled in Cholito on 0-0. A network that could have changed the fate of the match: just at the tip of the regulation cancel it, but the regulation on handballs this year does not seem so right to us.
Rossoblù who thus drop to eleventh place in the standings (39 points on an equal footing with Parlma), but with the eighth of Verona just three points away. Atalanta flies, it is less than one from Inter.
TRAINING – Zenga hazard Ionita on the right out. Rossoblù on the pitch with Cragno, Walukiewicz, Pisacane, Carboni, Ionita, Nandez, Nainggolan, Rog, Lykogiannis, Joao Pedro Simeone.
Large turnover for Gasperini, who leaves Gomez, Ilicic and Zapata on the bench, but has many arrows in his bow. And he answers with the following 11: Sportiello, Sutalo, Caldara, Palomino, Hateboer, De Roon, Tameze, Castagne, Pasaic, Malinovskyi, Muriel.
Before the match, my condolences for the many Bergamo victims of Covid, with the rossoblù who donate a plaque to the Atalantines.
FIRST HALF – It starts at a slow pace, the first ring arrives in the 6th minute when Carboni is cautioned and Cragno responds to a free kick by Malinovskyi. The rossoblù goalkeeper repeats himself at 10 ‘with two excellent interventions: first he rejects the insidious punishment of Malinovskyi, then he also opposes the conclusion from inside the Chestnuts area.
The game goes on. At 12 ‘Simeone finds a great goal: he receives from Nainggolan at the edge of the left side area, controls and with a splendid right to turn puts the ball under seven. After two minutes of Var, the frost: La Penna cancels for a handball by Cholito who had favored the intervention on the Ninja ball. Arm very attached to the body: in the tip of the regulation this year is there, but we can say that we do not like this regulation. The canceled goal, however, turns on Cagliari: Sportiello is forced to exit on Simeone assisted by Rog, then a beautiful exchange of the Argentine with Joao Pedro puts Cholito in a condition to shoot from a few meters. Walled, if only the return heel of the Brazilian had been a little longer …
Atalanta replies: Carboni closes the usual Malinovskyi (best on the pitch in the first 45 ‘), the same Ukrainian imbecile Pasalic in the area, who wastes a very occasional header. Then it’s Muriel’s time, Pisacane is drunk and Cragno is beaten, but the ball is printed on the post. A few seconds later Simeone’s counterattack, which touches the upright.
At minute 26, the watershed moment of the game: De Roon makes a 60m throw at Pirlo fishing in the Malinovskyi area, control of the Ukrainian is perfect, then Carboni – naive – landslides on him. Penalty and second yellow for the rossoblù defender, Muriel displaces Cragno and the game is compromised.
In the final time still Malinovskyi on the shields: Muriel is twice close to scoring, Chestnuts wastes head and Palomino foot. All the crosses and corners of Atalanta are a danger for the rossoblù. which can only be seen from the parts of Sportiello with a Lykogiannis slipper that ends widely on the side.
SECOND HALF – At the beginning of the shooting the script does not change. Orobici immediately close to scoring: Hateboer’s header and Pisacane clear well avoiding the own goal. On the next corner Caldara heads close to the post. Then Cragno responds to Malinovskyi from the edge and Pasalic shoots high from an excellent position.
The tremendous suffering of Cagliari finds some respite after the first 10 minutes of the second half. Cholito is damned and gains two corners, on one comes the dangerous cross by Nainggolan but also the perfect exit by Sportiello.
Then Gasp changes the trident, what an abundance! Gomez, Ilicic and Zapata for Pasalic ,, Malinovskyi and Muriel. In the middle of the second half it’s up to Zenga, who changes the bands (Mattiello and Faragò for Lyko and Ionita) and gives breath to an exhausted Nainggolan, inserting Birsa.
Rog tries to take his hands: the 30-meter ride that splits Atalanta is splendid, but he cannot serve Simeone too far forward. Still the Croatian is the protagonist of a great personal action with an assist for Joao Pedro who shoots high. The Brazilian also tries from the outside, nothing done, skyrocketing.
New changes for Zenga in the 75th minute: Klavan and Ragatzu for Pisacane and Cholito. Atalanta tries to close it: first with Gosens (there is Cragno), then with Ilicic, here the Rossoblù goalkeeper’s parade is splendid.
But Cagliari does not give up, has the merit of keeping the game open until the last minute and also goes close to the same. A shot from Ragatzu ends to the side, Joao Pedro almost takes advantage of an almost suicidal back pass by the orobics, but the biggest chance is Nandez. He goes off to the right, pretends the cross and re-enters the full area, his conclusion from outside is deflected and ends just outside. The result is three consecutive corners that Cagliari cannot capitalize on, and after three minutes of recovery it ends like this: 1-0 for Atalanta.
(Unioneonline / L)
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