After the draw acquired on the lawn of the Red Bull Arena (1-1), Atalanta Bergamo received RB Leipzig in the quarter-final second leg of the Europa League. In the league, the Dea had lost last weekend in Sassuolo (1-2) while RasenBallsport had easily disposed of Hoffenheim to join the top 4, qualifying for the Champions League. To qualify in Italy, Domenico Tedesco made a single change from the eleven of the first leg, with the former Strasbourg player Simakan preferred to Klostermann. For his part, Gian Piero Gasperini reshuffled his attacking trio, with the tenure of Zapata, accompanied by Malinyovski and Boga.
Well into this return quarter, RB Leipzig created great chances from the start of the match, taking advantage of Bergamo’s defensive passivity. After superb work by Laimer on the right, the Germans then took the opportunity to open the scoring through their top scorer Nkunku (1-0, 18th). Showing a better face in the second half, the Nerazzurri brought more danger into the visitors’ final third. Alone at the back post, Hateboer was not far from deceiving Gulasci on the center of Zappacosta (63rd). The locals were victims of a lack of accuracy in the last gesture, confirming an unusual offensive inefficiency on the part of Gasperini’s men. At the end of the match, Nkunku obtained a penalty and did himself justice (2-0, 88th) to double the bet and pass the bar of 30 goals scored this season in all competitions. With this success, the RBL climb to the semi-finals and will face the winner between Braga and Glasgow Rangers.