Atalanta succumbed by the minimum against Fiorentina (1-0) in a match of the twenty-sixth round of Serie A in which the casualties of Colombians Luis Muriel and Duván Zapata They were decisive in the defeat that complicated the Champions League position for those from Bergamo.
Atalanta and Fiorentina took to the pitch with their sights set, in different ways, on Europe.
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The men led by the Italian Gian Piero Gasperini were not successful in the match and they hardly had any clear chances in a flat game that Fiorentina interpreted better to get a favorable result.
Gasperini noted the offensive casualties of his team, led by Muriel, Zapata and the Slovenian Josip Ilisic, and was entrusted to the quality in the left leg of the Ukrainian Ruslan Malinovsky.
The locals didn’t generate great chances either and the game changed its dominator in phases, but they took advantage of the few they had.
The group led by the Italian Vincenzo Italiano had no trouble and, except for the change of the Uruguayan Lucas Torreira due to discomfort, they completed a match without any problems.
In the 55th minute, the Argentine Nico González, one of the most active players in the game, accurately assisted the Polish Krzysztof Piatek, which he defined with the inside to the right of the goalkeeper and sealed the victory of his team.
Malinovsky managed to equalize the match but the goal was -VAR through- annulled for offside by the Dutchman Hans Hateboer for intervening in the play. The referee’s decision did not like anything to the visitors.
So much so, that Gasperini was expelled due to the continuous protests. In the last minutes, those from Bergamo, who were playing to enter the Champions League, turned to attack, but the solid purple defense, in which the Spanish Álvaro Odriozola stood out, did not grant a single clear chance.
With this victory, the locals overtake Roma and occupy seventh position, two points behind Lazio and the Conference League place with one game in hand.
For its part, Atalanta missed the opportunity to match Juventus on points, which drew against Torino, and snatch the ‘Champions’ place from the Turinese, something that they can still achieve if they manage to emerge victorious from the meeting that they have postponed.
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