Atalanta Cremonese 1-1: goals from Valerie and Demiral

Nerazzurri advances with Demiral and recovers within a few minutes. Farr canceled the Cupminers goal. Goddess again first, but with Milan and Naples

By our correspondent Matteo Pirelli

Even earlier, but not alone. Atalanta missed a great opportunity to continue the journey there, single-handedly, being repelled by a solid and powerful Cremonese, who is good at fighting for every ball. Thus, grigiorossi brings back the second point of this tournament, the first away from home, while the Nerazzurri are now in the company of Milan and Napoli. However, Gasperini’s team also took the lead with Demiral’s kick in the 74th minute, but a mistake by Musso paved the way for Valeri to equalise. And so, last season’s Vice seems to have returned to Atalanta, when he was struggling and not a bit at home: from this point of view, there is still a lot of work to be done.

ups and downs

Some news in the initial formations. Atalanta on the field with Demiral, who was suspicious of a shot he suffered in training, while Hoglund is on the bench: Morell has recovered from injury. In Cremonese Meité’s gray and red debut, with Zanimacchia on the bench, he effectively abandoned the attacking midfielder and focused on 3-4-3. Big heat and start with not-too-extreme beats, with grigiorossi good at closing the passing lines of the Bergamo players. The first to try is Atalanta with Muriel taking the ball and trying from the edge, but Radu runs well to the left. But Cremonese has a big chance in a quarter of an hour: Okoli loses a bloody ball to Escalante, a hard kick from the edge and Musso is very good at saving himself in the corner. In the 23rd minute instead it was Radu who overtook himself, rejecting a low shot from the Kopmainers. Then the Nerazzurri hits the accelerator and at the end of time Muriel and Lookman wind up a little to the side.

Question and Answer

In the second half, Atalanta still struggles to reach the goal and Gasperini plays the Hojlund card, which immediately hits the team: from one of his dollars on the right comes the warning from Lochoshvili. From the next penalty (19′) there will also be a goal from the Koopmeiners, but the referee after properly consulting Var takes it from him: the ball is ‘dirty’ in Okoli’s hand. Soon, however, Atalanta found the power in passing, thanks to Demiral’s header which capitalized on a Kopmainers free kick from the right flank. It was the 74th minute and it seemed to be done, but five minutes later, with the first shot on target in the second half from Cremonese (with Ascacibar), Musso vehemently refused and two-step Valery threw it. At that point the game gives very little, and the hosts only try with Okoli, but Radu manages to keep the ball between his legs. Morale, it ended 1-1 as in the last Serie A precedent in 1996, when Emiliano Mondonico and Gigi Simone were on the bench. Just so you don’t bother anyone.