Atalanta-Lazio 3-1, the Nerazzurri alone in fourth place

Victory for the Bergamo team with a goal from Pasalic and a brace from De Ketelaere

Atalanta beats Lazio 3-1 in the match scheduled for today 4 February for the 23rd matchday of the 2023-2024 Serie A. The Bergamo players rise to 39 points and maintain their solitary fourth place while the Biancocelesti remain at 34 and lose ground compared to the Champions League zone of the standings. Atalanta opened the scoring with Pasalic and spread with De Ketelaere’s brace. In the final Lazio closes the gap with Immobile’s penalty.

The match

For the big match against Sarri’s team, Gasperini chooses a light attack with Miranchuk, De Ketelaere and Pasalic, leaving Scamacca and Muriel on the bench. He defends three with Scalvini, Djimsiti and Kolasinac. On the other hand, Sarri opts for Castellanos as a striker instead of Immobile, with Felipe Anderson and Isaksen. Zaccagni is still out. Luis Alberto, Guendouzi and Rovella play in the middle of the field.

Atalanta immediately started strong, in the 15th minute Miranchuk served a free kick into the area which Kolasinac headed home but found only Provedel. A minute passes and the home team goes to the net: cross into the area by De Ketelaere, header by Scalvini for Pasalic who controls with his chest from two steps on a turn with his right foot to make it 1-0. Lazio tries to react, looking for spaces but not finding them. In the 27th minute Luis Alberto tries a free kick from the edge but the ball ends up just over the crossbar. The Biancocelesti reveal themselves and the Nerazzurri try to sink: in the 36th minute another cross, this time from Scalvini in the area, for De Ketelaere who tries to displace it with his head but it ends up over the crossbar. In the 43rd minute Atalanta went ahead again with De Ketelaere scoring the penalty awarded due to a touch of Marusic’s arm in the area. Biancocelesti in confusion and Atalanta close to making it three of a kind. In the 45th minute Holm’s header chipped the crossbar.

Lazio tried to react in the second half and in the 52nd minute Castellanos shot on the counterattack, but the deflected ball ended up at the feet of Isaksen who shot first but sent it high over the crossbar. Gasperini’s team does not stop its desire to score. In the 56th minute, following Ruggeri’s cross from the left, Ederson tries to head but sends it to Provedel’s left. In the 61st minute De Ketelaere serves Pasalic on the left with the Croatian putting it in the center of the area for Miranchuk who first shoots towards goal but finds Provedel ready.

In the 70th minute there was a free kick for Atalanta with De Roon serving Scamacca, who had just entered, at the limit, but the attacker’s conclusion was high. Lazio tries to raise the center of gravity, but can’t find any space and in the 76th minute the Nerazzurri get the hat trick: a solitary action than usual De Ketelaere enters the area, targets Pellegrini and shoots at the near post, beating Provedel again for 3-0.

Sarri sends Immobile and Pedro onto the field, with Lazio ahead with their heads down to reduce the deficit. The Spaniard asks for a penalty in the 80th minute but Guida doesn’t grant it. However, in the 83rd minute the penalty arrived due to a foul by Djimsiti on Immobile. It is the same attacker who goes to the spot and wrong-foots Carnesecchi for the 3-1. Lazio tries to push forward with Immobile who comes close to scoring a brace with a header in the 90th minute, but Atalanta then closes the spaces well and takes home an important victory against a direct competitor for a Champions League place.