Atalanta hit Milan hard at the San Siro. The Bergamo team won 3-0 against the leader of Serie A with goals from the Argentine Christian romero, Josip Ilicic -of criminal- and the Colombian Duvan Zapata. However, those led by Stefano Pioli maintained the top and became “winter champions” by Inter’s 0-0 away draw against Udinese. He Rossonero adds 43 points and two more than the Nerazzurri, after 19 dates.
The great figure of the meeting was the Argentine former Belgrano de Córdoba who opened the scoring at 26 of the first half after hitting a corner header from the left. Romero, category 98, debuted at the Pirata in the 2016/2017 season and after just 17 games he was sold to Genoa for two million dollars. After a season in the Italian team, his pass was acquired by Juventus, who gave it to Atalanta.
In addition, Atalanta extended the lead with a penalty goal from Slovenian Ilicic, at 8 minutes. Milan went with everything for the discount and the debut of the Croatian took place Mario Mandzukic to accompany the attack on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 34-year-old forward from Qatar’s Al-Duhail had the goal after a rebound in the area, but goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini drowned out his scream out of reflex.
Mario Mandzukic made his debut for Milan. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)
At 32, Atalanta sealed the score with a good definition from Zapata. Cristian Romero came out from the back, cut Milan’s advance in the middle of the pitch, touched and went to look. He appeared in a hook position with the ball dominated and the Cordoba defender had the coolness to enable the Colombian, who finished off with his left foot at the near post for 3-0.
Zapata hugs Romero. EFE / EPA / MATTEO BAZZI
With the victory, Atalanta climbed to fourth place – the last to award a ticket to the Champions League – with 36 points. Although Napoli (34) and Juventus (33) still have two games pending.
The one that took advantage of the defeat of Milan and the tie of Inter (Lautaro Martínez was the starter) was Roma that in a great game beat Spezia 4-3 at home and is located in third position with 37 points.