The Goddess takes the lead twice (Zapata and Palomino), then lets herself be reached and even overrun. Muriel’s final draw is providential, but to pass the round we will have to beat the Spaniards in Bergamo
Whirlwind of emotions in Bern, where Atalanta does not go beyond a pyrotechnic 3-3 against Young Boys. The Gasp band will now need a victory in two weeks in Bergamo against Villarreal to reach the third qualification in a row for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Compared to the formation seen on Saturday against Spezia, Gasperini chooses Malinovskyi in attack instead of Ilicic and Demiral in defense for Djimsiti. Several unavailable in the Young Boys, starting with the starting goalkeeper Von Ballmoos. Wagner, however, recently discovered 2002 Rieder in midfield, who will be a good protagonist. Atalanta approaches the game well, with Palomino dangerous after just 4 ‘on the development of a corner beaten by Malinovskyi. And in the 10th minute, here is the advantage signed by Duvan Zapata: the Colombian collects the ball placed in the middle by Freuler from the left and in turn strikes Faivre, thanks also to a slight deviation. The Swiss reaction in the first half hour is all in a right of captain Aebischer, wide to the right of Musso. Indeed, it is the Goddess who is close to doubling: first with Palomino, always on the corner of Malinovskyi, then with Pasalic, who widens his left foot too much after having freed himself in the area. At 33 ‘the Croatian was also touched a few steps from the goal by Lauper, but the German referee Siebert let it go: there was a penalty.
From the possible chance for 0-2, Atalanta suddenly ends up suffering a draw: on a corner, Siebatcheu jumps higher than anyone, anticipating De Roon and making Musso dry with his head. It’s 39 ‘and the last six minutes of the first half are a nightmare for Gasperini. Because the Young Boys on the wings of enthusiasm crushes the guests and Zappacosta, after a stomp from Ngamaleu, is forced to leave the field.
After the interval Pezzella enters on the left, with Maehle moving to the right. Atalanta resumed the match and Malinovskyi immediately called Faivre to a complicated save from a free kick. And at 51 ‘comes the doubling, with one of the least expected protagonists, after a scrum: Pasalic’s side and the winning thrust with the left from 16 meters is by Palomino. Back in the lead, the Gasp team tries to administer, but the Young Boys, after 10 ‘of confusion, begins to show up in Musso’s parts. The Argentine goalkeeper first blocks Elia’s shot safely, then in the 66th minute he is decisive in the exit on Rieder’s incursion. Gasperini decides it’s time to introduce fresh forces: in Djimsiti and Koopmeiners, Demiral and Pasalic out in the 71st minute. And two minutes later Zapata has the ball to close the game, after the usual, overbearing progression, but he aims too much with his left. Then at 78 ‘Faivre makes a crazy save on Pezzella’s left from the outside.
Final with the thrill
But, as in the first half, when the Swiss charge seems to run out, there is a draw. This time the Atalanta defense is found unprepared on a throw-in, Ngamaleu is good at working the ball for Sierro, who achieves the 2-2 from close range. Struck when she least expects it, the Goddess goes into a doll: Siebatcheu runs away, Musso remedies. Then in the 84th minute Hefti found the classic goal of his life, with his weak foot, which incredibly leads the Young Boys to 3-2. It is a tremendous blow, but Atalanta find the strength to get up when it seems to the mat. So Pezzella earns a punishment to the limit, which the newly entered Muriel brushes perfectly behind Faivre. It is 3-3, but the Nerazzurri fans have to suffer until the 94th minute, when first a sure shot by Kanga is rejected by the defense, then Lauper’s blow is foiled for a corner by Musso. Eventually the disappointing draw almost turns into a sigh of relief.
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Pazza Dea: 3-3 with Young Boys. Victory will be needed now with Villarreal