Liverpool 0-3 Atalanta: La Dea took strong lead in the first leg

Last Updated on 12/04/2024 by

Atalanta defeated the tournament favorites Liverpool by a score of 3-0 in the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal match, which took place at Anfield on Thursday night.

As a result of Gianluca Scamacca’s two goals for the away team and Mario Pasalic’s two goals as well, the Italian team has put themselves in a strong position to go to the semifinals of the competition. The two teams are scheduled to face each other again in the rematch that will take place the following week.

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In the third minute, Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher made a save on a shot from Pasalic. Kelleher, who is the number two goalie for liverpool, used his face to make the save.

After that, Darwin Nunez was the next player to try his luck in an end-to-end start, but Juan Musso, the goalkeeper for Atalanta, was able to foil the Liverpool forward’s attempt in the fourth minute.

After that, Alexis Mac Allister hit a shot that went over the crossbar in the fifth minute, then Nunez hit a shot that went wide of the target in the fifteenth minute, after Curtis Jones had released him into a promising position.

In the 26th minute, the midfielder Harvey Elliott came extremely close to breaking the breakthrough. His curling effort from a wide angle came off the crossbar in a major left-off for Atalanta. The goal was a huge missed opportunity for Atalanta.

Atalanta took the lead in the 38th minute thanks to Scamacca, who stunned Anfield with a low finish beneath Kelleher after meeting a cross from Davide Zappacosta. Liverpool was in control of the contest at the time at the time.

Teun Koopmeiners came close to doubling the advantage that the away team had in the final minutes of the first period; however, the midfielder’s shot was stopped by Kelleher, and By the time the referee blew his whistle, Atalanta had a 1-0 lead.

The first forty-five minutes of the match were controlled by Liverpool in terms of possession, with the club holding 68 percent of the ball. However, it was a tale of squandered opportunities, which this is not the first time in recent weeks.

Dominik Szoboszlai and Mohamed Salah were both brought in for the Reds during the halftime break, and the home team did get off to a bright start in the second half of the match.

Koopmeiners forced Kelleher to make another excellent save in the 54th minute, but Atalanta continued to look threatening on the break.

When Salah attempted to score less than a minute later, Musso made two outstanding saves in rapid succession to prevent him from scoring. Nunez then attempted to score again, but his shot went over the crossbar shortly before the hour.

Scamacca scored his second goal of the match just after the hour mark, putting a first-time finish past Kelleher after being fed by Charles De Ketelaere. This put Atalanta in a position to double their lead.

While the Italian team was looking for a third goal, Koopmeiners came close to hitting the target in the 65th minute. Additionally, Joe Gomez, who was playing on the opposite end of the field, also failed to hit the target in the 71st minute.

Atalanta made it 3-0 in the 83rd minute, with Pasalic registering his name on the scoresheet by putting the ball into the back of the net from close range after Kelleher had denied Ederson. This was an incredible goal for Atalanta.

Before Diogo Jota and Salah took turns missing the target in the 89th minute at Anfield, Musso made another excellent save to deny Luis Diaz in the 85th minute. Liverpool now has a mountain to climb if they want to advance to the semi-finals of the Europa League. Musso prevented Luis Diaz from scoring in the 85th minute.


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