Atalanta-Roma 1-4, yellow and red poker and Nerazzurri ko

Double from Abraham, goals from Zaniolo and Smalling

Roma drops poker and beats Atalanta 4-1 in Bergamo with a careful and vigorous match, thanks to the brace of Abraham and the goals of Zaniolo and Smalling. The Giallorossi thanks to this success reach 31 points while the Nerazzurri remain at 37. After the strong earthquake of the morning which, fortunately, did not cause damage to people or things in the Bergamo area, Atalanta at Gewiss Stadium suffered a severe defeat. For the match in Bergamo there are only two variations for José Mourinho compared to the victory over Spezia, with Mancini in defense and Zaniolo who supports Abraham in attack.

Roma started very strong and scored in the first minute: central percussion by Abraham who gets rid of Djimsiti and anticipates Musso at the exit also thanks to the detour by Hateboer. Atalanta seems surprised and in the 9th minute the Giallorossi try with Veretout on a free kick from the edge but ends high above the barrier. At 20 ‘first opportunity for Atalanta with Djimsiti who pits for Zapata who acts as a bank for the Albanian whose immediate right is deflected for a corner by Rui Patricio. The game is open and Roma doubles on the counterattack in the 27th minute: Zaniolo’s perfect restart who serves as Veretout heel, the Frenchman then returns the ball to number 22 who scores his first goal in the league mocking Musso with a precise low left foot.

Gasperini’s team raises the center of gravity and throws themselves into the Giallorossi area and at 29 ‘Ilicic serves Toloi in the opponent’s area. The defensive center makes it bounce and immediately turns with the right towards the goal. Attentive Rui Patricio deflects for a corner. Gasperini does not wait for the interval to redesign his own formation and in the 35th minute he passes to four in defense with Toloi and Pezzella on the sides while in front there is the entrance of Muriel with the trident Muriel-Zapata-Ilicic. In full recovery, the Nerazzurri shortened: in the 46th minute Ilicic caught Muriel left guilty free at the edge of the area by the host defense. The Colombian doesn’t think twice and kicks at half-height towards the goal. Cristante intervenes on the trajectory and makes a mockery of his goalkeeper for the 1-2.

At the beginning of the second half Gasperini also plays the second change with the entry of Malinovskyi for Ilicic. At 50 ‘punishment for Atalanta on the short right side of the opposing area, Malinovskyi goes with the left but Rui Patricio is attentive and raises for a corner with his fingers. The great day of Zaniolo brings the Giallorossi striker to make his way over the opponent’s trocar and kick with his left, but the conclusion is weak and is blocked by Musso on the ground. At 69 ‘, Atalanta goes on the net but the goal is canceled by the Var for offside: Palomino is quick to deflect the corner kicked by Malinovskyi and spiked by Zapata, but from an irregular position. Atalanta pushes and Roma punches the hole again: in the 72nd minute Smalling puts his leg on Veretout’s perfect free-kick from the right and Musso can do nothing for the Giallorossi 1-3.

At 78 ‘still dangerous Nerazzurri with Miranchuk who manages to block from the chest in the small area between Smalling and Mancini but does not find the coordination for the goal net. Shortly after, however, Rome drops the poker: Veretout receives the ball in the area and kicks with his right, Abraham throws himself on the rebound and strikes Musso at the far post, for the personal brace and the 1-4. In the final, Gasperini’s team tries to reduce the disadvantage and in the 84th minute Malinovksyi returns from the right to the left and kicks hard towards the goal but the ball suddenly drops but not enough to frame the face of the goal. Atalanta tries until the end but with no luck and Roma, as Mourinho said, went to Bergamo to win and did it.