Europa League | Atalanta 0-2 RB Leipzig (1-3 agg): End of the road for La Dea

by | Apr 14, 2022 19:38

Atalanta are out of the Europa League after a 2-0 home defeat to RB Leipzig, sealed by Christopher Nkunku’s brace, but the Italians were denied a penalty even after the VAR review.

The first leg ended 1-1 in Germany, with both teams hitting the woodwork twice and Andre Silva’s penalty parried by Juan Musso. Berat Djimsiti and Remo Freuler recovered for a change of system to 4-2-3-1, while Amadou Haidara was the only remaining Leipzig absentee, welcoming Yussuf Poulsen back to the bench.

As the away goals rule no longer applies in Europe, this became a straight winner-takes-all showdown for the semi-final.

Liveblog: Atalanta-RB Leipzig and Roma-Bodo/Glimt

Ruslan Malinovskyi and Davide Zappacosta stung the goalkeeper’s gloves from a tricky angle, but Leipzig broke the deadlock when Konrad Laimer was allowed to sprint down the right relatively undisturbed, pulling back for Christopher Nkunku’s tap-in from six yards.

Teun Koopmeiners blasted over, then after the restart Malinovskyi’s free kick was charged down by Dani Olmo’s arm and hand. After an on-field review, the referee decided against awarding a penalty, despite the fact he had given this free kick for a much less obvious handling offence.

Juan Musso got away with a howler moments later, as he failed to gather a loose ball in the box and was fortunate Laimer prodded wide.

Hans Hateboer came sliding in at the back post and couldn’t keep the finish down on a Zappacosta cross, while Musso used his shoulder to deny Nkunku at the near post.

Boga blasted just over the bar from distance and Duvan Zapata’s header was plucked out of the air, while another was over from a corner.

In the final minutes, just as Atalanta were pouring forward, Musso brought down Nkunku for a penalty, which the striker blasted into the top corner.

Duvan Zapata flashed a shot across the face of goal with the last kick of the game.

Atalanta 0-2 RB Leipzig (1-3 agg)

Nkunku 18, pen 87 (L)

12 Comments

  1. Chuckachoo

    Italian football is undoubtedly dead. Over! Shameless!

  2. Shafiz

    Serie a such a farmers league,poor football from every team

  3. Fatecisognare

    But they play good football…

  4. Gamal

    Another Italian team disappoints.

  5. Chuck

    RIP Italian football! Been lousy too frequently, and for way too long.

  6. geedup

    I said on here a couple of days ago that even with home advantage they would be knocked out of the competition. The penalty denial is just another convenient excuse. Italian clubs need to go back to the drawing board and fast.

  7. Bury

    Honestly starting to doubt whether the italian league deserves 7 european competition places.

  8. FERBAN

    Another disaster for Serie A, but it’s come to be expected year after year after year, unfortunately.

    No winner of this trophy since 1999, and ONE finalist in that time. Truly shocking.

  9. NOrata

    Do you guys just appear so that you can kick teams when they’re down? Where the heck were you all last year when Italy won the Euros? You’re hysterical.

  10. Joe

    Don’t worry, the conference league is still up for grabs lol

  11. FERBAN

    @NOrata

    Serie A hasn’t won this trophy in 24 seasons. Italy winning the Euros doesn’t change that.

  12. Feroli

    Very disappointing result. It’s always the same, season after season.

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