Italy: Atalanta joins AS Roma in the lead


Thanks to two penalties (45 + 4th, 84th) and a low shot from afar (47th), Koopmeiners capsized with happiness a Bergamasque public who had paid tribute before the match to striker Josip Ilicic, 34, who leaves the club.

The elegant and whimsical Ilicic, symbol of the flamboyant Atalanta who reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2020, has concluded an amicable separation. The Slovenian has lost the flame for two years, disturbed in particular by psychological problems.

Ilicic, however, assured after the meeting at the microphone of DAZN that he still « want to play » and look for a club to bounce back.

On the pitch, Atalanta no longer has the brilliance it had during the great 2019/20 C1 campaign that ended against PSG. But she knew how to be effective in bringing a solid Torino to heel, but penalized by two avoidable faults synonymous with penalties.

The first, succeeded by Koopmeiners in the additional time of the first period, particularly hurt the « Toro », who gave in again as soon as the recovery. The Garnets then recovered, even returning to 2-1 thanks to Nikola Vlasic (77th), before conceding a new penalty on a missed intervention by defender Valentino Lazaro.

This third victory in four matches allows Atalanta to climb to the top of the standings, tied on points with AS Roma (10 pts), with a length ahead of Inter Milan (3rd).

« It gives continuity to this successful start to the season, with this victory acquired in combativeness », welcomed Bergamo coach Gian Piero Gasperini, relieved to see his « Dea » win at home in the league for the first time. for more than six months. The only downside: the injury exit in the first half of his Colombian striker Duvan Zapata.

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