MONZA – The Goddess is alone at the head of the Serie A championship, for the first time in the era of three points per victory. It hadn’t happened since 1964, one to zero against Roma, the second day of the championship. The coach was Valcareggi. Now on the bench there is Gasperini, father master of the team and leader of a city. The Atalantine supremacy has arrived in Monza, which is 40 kilometers away from Bergamo, but it is an abyss that divides the two cities in football. While the Nerazzurri enjoy the summit alone, the red and white of Brianza are wondering not if, but when Stroppa will be replaced. Five defeats out of five games is too much. After De Zerbi’s no, the Monza square dreams of a solid ferryman. A Ranieri, so to speak.
Hojlund young hero
Monza took to the field with the third jersey, celebrating the club’s 110th anniversary. Atalanta did not surprise with the uniform but with the layout on the pitch. Gasperini, to cope with the absences, lined up his team in a Pioliano 4-2-3-1. In front of the trio Malinovsky, Ederson, Lookman, in the absence of Zapata and Muriel, the nineteen year old Hojlund, a Danish arrived from Sturm Graz, played from the beginning, destined to become the hero of the evening and to take all the applause of the Atalantine curve at the moment of the change for Pasalic. Out of enthusiasm and hunger, the boy entered the goal with the ball. The referee, waiting for the var to pronounce on an alleged offside, denied him the liberating joy of exultation. But then the confirmation came. And to say that the game at the beginning seemed to smile at Monza.
Atalanta, Gasperini: “The first place? Happy for the boys and the city. We hope it will last as long as possible”
Two barrels then nothing
At the start, the match began with a broken promise. In the first four minutes Monza gave the impression of wanting to set fire to the stadium, going to take by force those points that it has chased in vain in the previous four games. First Caprari tried with a nice left footed shot, then Sensi from outside, but in both cases Musso got there. Exhausted this first blaze, the race was extinguished, with the hosts unable to keep the pace that they themselves had imposed, and the very reworked Atalanta committed to keep waiting to restart. Last spark of the first half, the almost own goal by Caldirola from a corner.
In the second half only Atalanta
In the second half it was immediately understood that Atalanta intended to play Atalanta. In place of Zappacosta, who had run more than reasonable, Gasperini fielded the twenty-year-old Soppy, a former Udinese, tireless in the wing as in calling the choirs of the two thousand from Bergamo who arrived at the U-Power Stadium. After three minutes came the first real chance for the Goddess, with Marì who deflected a left foot from Hojlund on the post. Then it was the Dane who scored, hurtling with malice on a nice ball crossed by Lookman. And always Lookman has put on the net a nice diagonal of Ederson, thanks to a deviation on the goal line of Marlon. Thus went Monza’s dreams of scoring the first points in Serie A. And probably Stroppa’s of leading the team towards the first very difficult salvation.
Monza 0 Atalanta 2
Networks: Hojlund 12 ‘st, Lookman 20’ st
Monza (3-5-2) Di Gregorio 6 – Marlon 5, Marì 5.5, Caldarola 5.5 (41 ‘st Izzo Sv) – Birindelli 5.5 (31’ st Molina 6), Pessina 5.5, Rovella 6.5, Sensi 5.5 (31 ‘st Colpani 6.5), Carlos 6 – Caprari 5 (25 ‘st Petagna 5.5), Mota 6 (41’ st. Gytkjaer Sv). Att. Stroppa 5.5
Atalanta (4-2-3-1) Musso 6.5 – Hateboer 6, Toloi 6.5, Demiral 6.5, Zappacosta 6 (1 ‘st Soppy 7) – De Roon 6.5, Koopmeiners 6 – Malinovsky 6 (26’ st Scalvini 6), Ederson 6.5 (31 ‘st Maehle 6), Lookman 7 (43 ‘st Boga Sv) – Hojlund 7 (26’ st Pasalic 6). Annex Gasperini 7
Sacchi referee 5.5
Notes Warned Rovella, Scalvini. Spectators 11,970 Revenue 284,880
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