Atalanta drew 1-1 in Bergamo with Sporting Lisbon and conquered the top of Group D of the Europa League with a round to spare: +3 and direct clashes in favor of Gasperini, with access to the direct round of <> for the Bergamo side. Match report
A precious result defended with gritted teeth and achieved thanks to Scamacca's goal, in goal from almost twenty-five meters, on a pass from Koopmeiners, in the 23rd minute of the first half. The Portuguese, on the other hand, were unable to repeat the equaliser, scored in the 11th minute of the second half by Edwards, also due to three errors in aim by Goncalves, who also hit a double post.
After the initial skirmishes, in the 12th minute Koopmeiners did not angle an interesting free-kick with Ederson. But the Nerazzurri had to be wary of their opponents' verticalisations, such as that of Hjulmand who in the twentieth minute went along with Gyokeres' breakaway until the curling shot wide of the far post, with Djimsiti, who came out too high on the centre-forward. After former West Ham man Scamacca's goal, who punished Adan with a sharp shot on his own post, the best chance for Sporting fell to Pote Goncalves, in the 35th minute: the Portuguese left winger's pass to Musso, however, was a pass from a few yards. The leitmotif of five-man defence-ball recovery-restart (44% to 56% possession in the 47th minute) with the two blocked wingers, did not seem to change in the second half and from the right the substitutes Catamo-Edwards created the very good chance of the equaliser in front of the small area, blocked by Djimsiti's foot.
Scamacca made a mistake around the fifth, wasting Ederson's assist on Scalvini's rebound with his touch wide of the box on Adan's exit. He was punished, beyond the tenth, by Edwards' own blunt bet who exchanged with Gyokeres for a sharp right-footed shot at the entrance to the area. On the throw-in from the middle of the field there is Ederson who spreads just wide from the right. In the 18th minute, Edwards again brushed back for Diomande's high shot and in the 22nd minute he caught Pote Goncalves' cut low to the ground, capable of taking two inside posts with the same shot, before trying again on the turn (very high) in the 23rd minute and after two turns of the clock on Morita's throw opening the plate to excess only in front of Musso. Just after the half-hour mark, Miranchuk didn't take advantage of Muriel's offload from the edge of the box, trying again in the 38th minute for another left-footed shot, this time in the middle, from a slightly deflected position. This is how it ends: Gasperini is happy with it and the Nerazzurri crowd rejoices in his qualification.
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