Atalanta celebrated, did not suffer and almost fell 1-0 short against a weak Sturm Graz, in Group E of the Europa League. Luis Muriel played for almost half an hour and changed the set with his ambition.
It wasn’t exactly a great game in the first half, since Atalanta was not overwhelming, although they were at home, and only Toloi and Zappacosta attempted a couple of important shots in the first half hour. We had to wait until the 39th minute to see the reaction of the visitor, a great shot by Lavalée that came off the crossbar.
but in the second half Lookman connected and began to watch the attack until, at 50, the goal came: Berat Djimsiti hit a left footed shot from the center of the area to the upper right corner, coming off a corner kick, recipe from the house of Atalanta.
And then the visitor reacted and Wüthrich had the best chance to tie in a phenomenal shot, a tremendous scare for a team that should have gone out to finish and didn’t.
That’s why Muriel arrived in the 62nd minute for Scamacca and the homeowner actually moved better from the middle forward, with a great option in the 69th minute that he created by coming to the sideline to recover the ball, but he couldn’t define it well and the sent to the deep!
He was not the only one who failed because Pasalic missed three very clear options in the second half alone and Koopmainers and Ederson also forgave, so the victory was short, but a victory nonetheless.
Thus, Atalanta is the leader of group D of the Europa League with 10 points, three more than Sporting.