Atalanta gets back on track: Scalvini knocks out Roma at the Stadio Olimpico

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A win by the narrowest of margins to get back to breathing air of the highest ranking.

Atalanta corsara at the Olimpico, with a 1-0 win that projects the Nerazzurri back to the top of the league. Scalvini’s goal was decisive, in a game in which Roma attacked in profusion but unlike their opponents could not find the way to goal. New confirmations instead for the guests, who maintain the best defense in the league and resume their run.

And to say that for the Nerazzurri the Roman evening seemed to start in the worst way: Gasperini after only 8 minutes had to give up Musso, who clumsily collided with Demiral after a misunderstanding. The match, which puts a lot at stake, nevertheless remains very close even though Roma seems to be getting the upper hand. And in fact one of the many exes on the field, Cristante, scares the Dea with a shot from distance. It is the first ring of the match, but it comes when the clock marks almost the half-hour mark.

Barely five minutes pass, however, and the game-winning goal arrives. It is scored as mentioned by Atalanta, thanks to a new mark by a defender. It was Scalvini, who in the 35th minute took advantage of Hojlund’s great work on the right and from the edge of the area pierced Rui Patricio with a lethal right-footed finish. Before halftime Demiral could even double, but it was Abraham and Ibanez who threw away two excellent balls for the eventual equalizer.

Then, in the second half, the “new” Atalanta that Gasperini has built with a newfound defensive focus returns to the field. In fact, it was only Roma that made themselves dangerous, but the Nerazzurri fortress held: Mancini, Pellegrini, the usual Abraham and in the final an inaccurate Shomurodov tried. When the orobici attack, however, they are scary: Pasalic sees the doubling ball rejected by Abraham on the line, and as time expires it is Muriel who misses the winning touch. In between there is also an expulsion against Mourinho for overly vibrant protests at referee Chiffi.

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