VILA- REAL (SPAIN) – Gasperini’s Atalanta drew 2-2 at Villarreal in the first match of group F of the Champions League. The Nerazzurri start strong and break the deadlock with Gosens. Then, after having nearly doubled several times, they are reassembled and overtaken by the hosts with Trigueros and Danjuma. When everything seems lost, Gosens finds the draw. In the final the Nerazzurri, in numerical superiority, close to success, but in full recovery Musso saves the result on a header by Moreno.
Villarreal-Atalanta the match report
Freuler deceives Gasperini, Trigueros draws
Giampiero Gasperini confirmation Zapata in the center of the attack, with Pessina e Malinovsky in support. Back in the door Musso, while Zappacosta and Pessina they move on the outside lanes. In Villarreal, Emery relies on the offensive trio consisting of Pino, Dia and Moreno. Raul Albiol, with the captain’s armband, leads the defense. Atalanta starts strong and after five minutes of forcing, unlocks the result: assists by Zapata for Freuler, who strikes Rulli from the penalty spot. The hosts suffer from the Atalantine rhythms and in the first half hour they are crushed in their half of the field: Gosens warms up Rulli’s gloves with a bolide from a distance, then it is Zappacosta who touches the pole. On the sixteenth cost to cost of Pessina, which starts from its own half and after seventy meters of solitary run, shoot over the crossbar. Halfway through the first half Zapata, appears in front of Rulli, but moves away and cannot find the mirror on the door. After dominating, Gasperini’s men lower the pace and suffer: from the thirtieth another game starts, dominated by Villarreal. Moreno from a good position lets himself be hypnotized by Musso, then comes the draw of Trigueros, who from two steps turns Pedraza’s assist into gold. Two minutes pass and Musso surpasses himself on a close header from Moreno.
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Gosens equalizes Danjuma’s goal: Musso saves in the final
The interval it’s good for Atalanta, which seems to have recharged the energies. Men of Gasperini close to scoring three times within seven minutes: first with Malinovsky (round shot rejected by Rulli), then with Gosens (who from two steps arrives slightly late on Zappacosta’s assist), finally with Zapata, who heads (with Malinovsky corner) splinters the crossbar. Emery runs for cover: inside Gomez, Coqueline and Danjuma. Gasperini responds with Demiral in place of Djimsiti. As happened in the first half, Villarreal grows and creates scoring: Moreno, face to face with Musso, wastes the possible doubling. Gasperini senses the danger and makes a triple change, inserting Ilicic, Pasalic and Koopmeiners for Zapata, de Roon and Malinovsky. Two minutes pass and the hosts overturn the result: Freuler loses the ball at the exit, Moreno takes advantage and serves Danjuma who beats Musso from two steps. Atalanta is stunned, Villarreal on the wings of enthusiasm grows: Moreno, with a diving header, touches the third goal. Gasperini inserts Miranchuk for Pessina and after a minute the newcomer is immediately the protagonist: he touches Ilicic’s cross shot and gives an assist to the kiss to Gosens, who beats Rulli and scores the 2-2 goal. The inertia of the match changes again, also because one minute after the draw, the Goddess finds herself in superiority, thanks to Coquelin’s expulsion (double yellow). Atalanta force, but fails to break through and in full recovery it is Musso who saves the result with a super intervention on a header by Moreno.
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Atalanta, Gosens saves Gasperini: 2-2 at Villarreal