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Champions League: Atalanta has Young Boys, Zenit explodes Malmö

Held in check during the first day, the Dea made up for it by dominating the Young Boys (1-0). For its part, Zenit made short work of the Swedes of Malmö (4-0).

Continuation of the second day of the group stage of the Champions League with the two matches scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Starting with the Atalanta-Young Boys of group F. Surprise winners of Manchester United two weeks ago (2-1), the Swiss went to Bergamo with the objective of achieving a new feat. For its part, the Dea wanted to recover after snatching the draw from Villarreal (2-2). As usual, the Italian team started the meeting with their very offensive 3-4-3. Unsurprisingly, she had a mastery of leather and mostly went sideways to bring danger past Von Ballmoos’ cage. Unfortunately for Gasperini, Gosens had to give up his place in the 9th minute due to a muscle injury.

Not enough to stop the team since his replacement, the Dane Maehle, is a great alternative. Domineering, Atalanta thought to open the scoring on an acrobatic cross from his captain Toloi forcing Lauper to score against his camp. Only problem, the VAR showed that there was offside (16th). La Dea then put a lot of emphasis on their left side with Pessina. The Italian European champion also missed a big opportunity, alone in front of the opposing goalkeeper, surprised by a center from Toloi badly taken over by Zapata (44th). Opposite, the Young Boys did not have the pressure of the result thanks to their success against the Red Devils. They therefore evolved against. They even had the opportunity to lead against the course of the game in the 28th minute after a loss of transalpine ball in the middle badly negotiated by Elia.

Zenit puts on the show

Upon returning from the locker room, the scenario remained unchanged. Zappacosta, Pessina and Malinovskyi have continued to dynamite the Swiss defense, Toloi only had a defender in name as he squatted in the opposing half of the field and Zapata never stopped his pressing. An XXL activity which ended up being rewarded just after the hour mark. After strikes from Toloi, very impressive tonight, and from Zappacosta well captured (55th, 61st), Zapata tore off on the right side to give Pessina the ball from 1-0 (68th). Zapata (82nd) ​​and Muriel (90th) could have made the addition worse, but Von Ballmoos was watching. Regardless, the essential was done for Atalanta. A success which allows him to temporarily take the head of group F (4 points) while waiting for the MU-Villarreal tonight.

The other game of this early evening concerned two losers of the first day: Zenit and Malmö. The Russians had fallen at Stamford Bridge against the defending champions (0-1), while the Scandinavians had taken dearly at home against Juventus (0-3). To stay in the game, no other choice but to win. And it is the partners of the former Bordeaux Malcom who have succeeded in the game. From the ninth minute, the Brazilian nugget arrived from Red Bull Bragantino, Claudinho, put his family in orbit. The case was then folded in the second period after goals scored by Kuzyaev (49th), Sutormin (80th) and Wendel (90th + 4). Reduced to ten after the expulsion of Ahmedhozic (53rd) before the hour mark, Malmö was completely drowned (4-0). In the standings, Zenit (3 points) is up to Juventus and Chelsea who face each other tonight.

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