Atalanta B.C smashed Sampdoria FC at their home stadium, Atleti Azzurri d’Italia. Last night, they hosted Sampdoria to play the 26th match of Serie A, where the home team scored four goals against the visitors. This victory moves them closer to Juventus, the fourth team on the table. With 47 points, Atalanta are standing on the 5th, while Juventus are only three points ahead of them. Moreover, Juventus have played one game more than the Nerazzurri.
To secure the Champions League places, Atalanta need to win almost every game. So, their manager played the best possible XI against Sampdoria last night. Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini set up the team formation with 4-2-3-1. On the other hand, the Sampdoria manager played his team in a 3-4-1-2 formation. He used three center-backs in the defense while he deployed two fullbacks to create more chances for the strikers.
But his plan did not work out as the visitors conceded a very early goal. Atalanta took the lead on six minutes with the goal of Mario Pasalic. Midfielder R. Freuler helped him to score the first goal in the 6th minute. As the home team, Atalanta dominated everywhere on the pitch. They had more possession on the ball. In addition, they took 19 shots in the entire match. However, the Gasperini boys doubled their lead in the 29th minute. This time midfielder Teun Koopmeiners netted the ball for the home team. The visitors couldn’t score in the first half. As a result, the half-time ended in 2-0.
Returning from the break, the home team looked more dangerous. They pressed higher in the second half. Besides, Sampdoria never looked threatening in the whole game. They had six shots on goal, one of which was on target. On the other side, the home team hit again in the 61st minute. Teun Koopmeiners, who scored the second goal, also scored the third. Moreover, Atalanta netted one goal in the final ten minutes. In the 86th minute, Aleksei Miranchuk found the net for the home team. As a result, Atalanta secured a brilliant victory at home and moved closer to the Champions League.