SERIE A | ATALANTA 1-1 MILAN: Bennacer Resuces a Point For The Champions

Last Updated on 22/08/2022 by

In their Serie A match, Atalanta and AC Milan were able to hold each other to a 1-1 draw.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta team, which took the lead on Ruslan Malinovskyi’s ferocious shot in the 29th minute of Sunday’s game, frustrated Milan with tenacious defence.

With the aid of a slight deflection and a pass from Joakim Maehle, the Ukrainian was able to unleash the ball with his preferred left foot past Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan. Malinovskyi’s inclusion in the starting lineup came as a surprise because Tottenham, Nottingham Forest, and Marseille were all mentioned in transfer rumours at the time. Additionally, reports indicated that he was no longer popular with the coach.

Milan vs Atalanta
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For the majority of the game, Gasperini’s team was pushed back, but his defence was able to contain the majority of the threat as the visitors struggled to find a way through.

Early in the second half, Maignan made a good save to deny Mario Pasalic, and his Atalanta counterpart Juan Musso made a brilliant save to deny Sandro Tonali in a one-on-one. The midfielder for Milan ought to have scored. When Ismael Bennacer equalised in the 68th minute with a beautiful shot in off the far post, the visitors’ pressure finally paid off.

A week after scoring four goals against Udinese, Milan’s final third performance today left them with just a single point, in part because of the tenacious defence of their opponents. Although their local rivals could have won the game in the second half with more precise finishing, Atalanta stuck to their task of withstanding pressure and were rarely breached. Overall, a draw was the most just conclusion.

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