Three days before hosting Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, Atalanta warmed up for the big event by defeating Napoli with goals from Duván Zapata, Robin Gosens, Luis Muriel and Cristian Romero (4-2). Naples striker Victor Osimhen was taken to hospital after a head collision with Romero.
The game was a good example of what Atalanta is, capable of scoring but also making mistakes that can pay dearly. However, those of Gian Piero Gasperini also showed that potential scorer that can turn them into fearsome. Those of Bergamo are now fourth and those of Gennaro Gattuso, seventh in a bad week, as they lost against Granada in the first leg of the round of 32 of the Europa League. Their joy over their victory against Juventus at the Maradona stadium did not last long.
The first part ended without goals. Atalanta had mostly had the ball, Napoli knew how to defend by closing the spaces to their rival. Pessina was the most dangerous player. But Gennaro Gattuso’s men actually had the best chance, Osimhen, but Gollini deflected the ball. For Atalanta, Duván Zapata wasted a very clear one in minute 43.
The goal festival came after the break. And also the recital of Luis Muriel, whose great center took advantage of Zapata in 52 ‘to advance to Atalanta. Napoli responded with a great goal, after a good move from Politano, who sent the ball to Piotr Zielinski, who caught it on the fly to level the score.
Robin Gosens once again put the Bergamo team ahead. In 64 ‘, after a pass from Muriel to Zapata, who assisted Gosens for the German to score. Giollini prevented him from achieving the second of the Naples Insigne. And, after a loss of the ball by Bakayoko, Muriel’s goal came, in a great play, with dribbling included before connecting a great left foot. 3-1. Minute 71.
Heads and tails of football, Gosens scored an own goal for 3-2 after a cross from Politano in the 75th minute. But in 70 ‘Atalanta achieved the 4-2 that was already final. Osimhen was removed on a stretcher shortly before the end of the match.