Serie A, Empoli-Atalanta 1-4: Ilicic and Zapata give three points to Gasp | News

Serie A, Empoli-Atalanta 1-4: Ilicic and Zapata give three points to Gasp | News
Serie A, Empoli-Atalanta 1-4: Ilicic and Zapata give three points to Gasp | News

The Slovenian returns to the starting line and, with a brace and a sumptuous performance (apart from the wrong penalty), he makes the Nerazzurri fly

L’Atalanta, on his birthday number 114, wins a Empoli (4-1) and is relaunched in the standings. Ilicic unlocks it in the opening and then finds the double with a splendid goal. The Tuscans manage to shorten with By Francesco but in the opening of the second half they suffer the third goal with year who makes fun of his goalkeeper. Shortly after Ilicic misses a penalty but Zapata closes the discussion in the finale.

THE CHRONICLE
When you face two teams that focus on aggression and the search for a fast and vertical kick, it is easy for the notebook to be filled with scoring chances from the kick-off. Atalanta dusts off Ilicic and Muriel who, immediately, create problems for the Empoli defense, even if it is Pasalic, after a corner kick, who heads towards the goal at the start. The Tuscans develop their series of offensive plots with exchanges with a few touches involving the two attacking midfielders and Pinamonti. Henderson manages to overtake Musso but Demiral almost saves on the goal line. After a deviation by Vicario on Maehle’s shot from outside, a triangle between a wild Ilicic and Pasalic leads the Slovenian to touch the net from a few steps for the Nerazzurri advantage. Atalanta can make more use of the spaces and Muriel does not take advantage of it, at the end of a bucking in the open field, having the conclusion rejected face to face with Vicario. But the exchanges between the Colombian and Ilicic are like kryptonite for the Empoli defense. Halfway through the time comes the bank of Muriel for the left of the first of the Slovenian, who puts it at the intersection of the posts for a net to be framed. It seems already over but a perfect throw by Stulac gives Di Francesco the ball for the right that shortens the distance. At the end of time the two captains, Romagnoli and Toloi, are forced to leave due to injury. In their place Tonelli and Freuler, with De Roon moving into the role of central defensive.

Time ends with the action of Muriel, who sows panic in the opponent’s area but still has to clash with Vicario, while the second half begins with the change between the two Colombians and the entry of Zapata. And just to anticipate the new entry, Viti holes his own goalkeeper for Atalanta’s third goal. Andreazzoli tries to shake his team by putting Bajrami and Cutrone to give a more offensive sense to the maneuver, even if Atalanta has the golden opportunity: contact between Bandinelli and Zappacosta and penalty beaten by Ilicic, who however makes the the only unwatchable thing about his game, kicking very high. The guests could close it with Malinovski, stopped by Vicario, and with Zapata, but Empoli tries to the end and must also witness a new mockery with the second save on the line, this time by Freuler, on Cutrone’s shot. Then comes the goal that closes any Tuscan hope at the end of a counterattack initiated by Zapata, continued by Pasalic, and closed by the Colombian himself for the final 4-1.

REPORT CARDS
Ilicic 7.5 –
He returns and gives meaning to his offensive maneuver. Goals, assists and an endless series of dangerous plays. Half a point less for the penalty.
Muriel 7 – Another very important return. When he combines with Ilicic he is as spectacular as when he sets up his own, even if the aim is not the best.
Zapata 6,5 – He suffers a lot from transoceanic flights but scores the 100th goal in Serie A.
Vicar 7 – Takes four goals but avoids many more. Particularly attentive to Muriel on more than one occasion.
Stulac 6.5 – He is the pivot of the Empoli maneuver and is the protagonist of an extraordinary assist for Di Francesco’s goal.
Year 5 – Unlucky on the occasion of the own goal, however, he is always in difficulty against the Nerazzurri forwards.

THE TABLE
EMPOLI-ATALANTA 1-4
Empoli (4-3-1-2): Vicar 7; Stojanovic 5.5, Romagnoli 5.5 (42 ‘Tonelli 6), Viti 5, Marchizza 5.5 (37’ st Parisi sv); Zurkowski 5.5 (16 ‘st Bajrami 6), Stulac 6.5, Haas 5.5 (1’ st Bandinelli 6); Di Francesco 6,5 (16 ‘st Cutrone 6), Henderson 6; Pinamonti 6. Coach: Andreazzoli 6.
Atalanta (3-4-1-2): Musso 6; Toloi 6 (39 ‘Freuler 6,5), Demiral 7, Palomino 5; Zappacosta 7 (45 ‘st Pezzella sv), De Roon 7, Koopmeiners 7 (23’ st Lovato 6.5), Maehle 6.5; Pasalic 7; Ilicic 7.5 (23 ‘st Malinovski 6.5), Muriel 7 (1’ st Zapata 6.5). Coach: Gasperini 7.
Referee: Serra
Markers: 11 ‘Ilicic (A.), 26’ Ilicic (A.), 30 ‘Di Francesco (E.), 4’ st Viti (E.) aut., 43 ‘st Zapata (A.)
Ammonites: Marchizza (E.), Stulac (E.), Bandinelli (E.), Freuler (A.), Palomino (A.)

THE STATISTICS
– Atalanta have found success in five of the last six Serie A away games (1N); in general, in 2021 the Bergamo players scored 37 away points in the competition, less only than Milan (40).
– Empoli have conceded at least two goals in five straight home games for the first time in a single Serie A season.
– Duván Zapata became the first Colombian to score 100 goals in Serie A.
– Josip Ilicic is the only foreign player who has scored in every single Serie A season from 2010/11 to today.
– Josip Ilicic has scored six goals in five games played at the Castellani stadium in Serie A against Empoli, a record for him against a single opponent in a single stadium in the competition.
– Josip Ilicic had not scored multiple goals in Serie A since January 2020 (hat-trick against Torino).
– Luis Muriel has been involved in 26 goals in his last 20 Serie A games (18 goals, eight assists).
– Mario Pasalic served two assists in a single game for the second time in his career in Serie A (the first in March 2020, against Lecce).
– Mattia Viti’s is Empoli’s first own goal in Serie A since that of Matías Silvestre in October 2018.
– Federico Di Francesco has scored three goals for Atalanta in Serie A, more than any other opponent in the competition.
– Both Federico Di Francesco and Patrick Cutrone played their 100th Serie A match today.
– Josip Ilicic won his 150th Serie A match, while for Remo Freuler it was the 100th win in the competition.

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