Sport A small Atalanta nibbles Parma
Pessina strike stalls Atalanta in Verona
Matteo Pessina grabbed the equaliser for Hellas Verona to hold his high-flying parent club Atalanta 1-1 in Serie A on Saturday. Atalanta move level on points with second-placed Inter Milan, but are six points adrift of Serie A leaders Juventus. On-loan Pessina headed in just before the hour mark in Verona minutes after Colombian striker Duvan Zapata had put the visitors ahead. Atalanta are equal on 71 points with Inter Milan, who travel to fifth-placed Roma on Sunday, with eight-time reigning champions Juventus, hosting fourth-placed Lazio, who are eight points adrift of top spot, on Monday.
Parma 1-2 Atalanta Goals: Kulusevski (43rd) for Gialloblù // Malinovskyi (70th), Gómez (83rd) for Dea
Plus concerned by the fight for the title in Serie A and devoid of envy this Tuesday evening, Atalanta still found the resources to overthrow Parma during the 37th day of the championship.
Inter in four days for the runner-up in Serie A, PSG in the quarter-finals of C1 in two weeks ... Naturally, this revised Dea (two changes in central defense) quickly loses its seriousness to the image of his daredevil guardian Gollini. The following ? A slew of technical inaccuracies and jumps in concentration that the Parmesans relish to print their offensive game. The little genius Kulusevski, in particular, is irresistible and rewards just before half-time the hegemony of his family (43rd, 1-0). Previously, the Gialloblù had plenty of time to hit the bull's eye but Barilla had run into Gollini as the nets stretched out his arms, then Kulusevski had found the post of a coiled strike wonder.
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Seeing that his squad continues to wander like a lost soul on the lawn of the Stadio Ennio Tardini, Gasperini changes his tactical plan: up to four defenders and the detonator Luis Muriel in attack. At least, the pyschological effect will have borne fruit since the Dea manages to equalize thanks to a direct free kick in low-level boots kicked by Malinovskyi (70th, 1-1), and even to take the advantage thanks to a Papu Gómez nonexistent until then (83rd, 1-2).
And now Atalanta beats its record for points in Serie A, while temporarily regaining the runner-up place of Juve. Fortiche, when you play dragging your feet.
Parma (4-3-3): Sepe - Gagliolo (82nd, Pezzella), Dermaku, Alves, Darmian - Kucka, Kurtić, Barilla (82nd, Iacoponi) - Kulusevski, Caprari (79th, Siligardi), Gervinho (67th, Karamoh ). Coach: Roberto D'Aversa.
Atalanta (3-4-2-1): Gollini - Palomino (36th, Hateboer), Šutalo (46th, Djimsiti), Caldara (61st, Muriel) - Castagne, De Roon, Freuler, Gosens - Gómez (86th, Tamèze) , Pašalić (46th, Malinovsky) - Zapata. Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.
Choupo-Moting the hero as PSG stun Atalanta to reach Champions League semis .
Paris Saint-Germain snatched a dramatic victory from the jaws of defeat as substitute Eric Choupo-Moting's goal three minutes into added time allowed them to beat Atalanta 2-1 in their Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon on Wednesday. Atalanta were on the brink of extending their remarkable run on into the last four after Mario Pasalic gave the Italians a 27th-minute lead in the first game of the 'Final Eight' at an empty Estadio da Luz.Atalanta were on the brink of extending their remarkable run on into the last four after Mario Pasalic gave the Italians a 27th-minute lead in the first game of the 'Final Eight' at an empty Estadio da Luz.