Atalanta 1-1 Man City
Atalanta: Pasalic (49′).
Man City: Sterling (7′).
Only having to face an Atalanta who is at the bottom of the table, Man City stands in front of a huge opportunity to soon win the next ticket. Right from the first minutes of the game, the guests quickly affirmed their ambition.
The beautiful combination of Bernardo Silla, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling made the home defense dumbfounded. Receiving the ball from his teammate’s skillful heel strike, the English striker finished decisively to bring back the opener. In the 7th minute of the match, the score was 1-0 in favor of the guests.
However, The Citizens could not dominate the game despite the early lead. The above combination is also the only time fans see their strikers accurately handle inside the opponent’s penalty area.
On the other hand, Atalanta’s defenders also played a lot more alert. In addition to the early goal, they did a pretty good job of breaking the opponent’s attacks.
42 minutes, Sterling’s effort brought a penalty for the guests. Jesus was given a chance but he even sent the ball away from goal. This is also the last notable development of the first half.
Entering the second half, Pep Guardiola’s students played quite awkwardly despite holding the advantage. As a result, they let the host have the opportunity to penetrate the penalty area and equalize. Pasalic’s header did not give Bravo any chance to save. The match returned to the starting line in the 49th minute.
The following time saw the guests playing very stalemate. Pep threw Aguero in to replace Jesus, but the effect was still zero. The host had to focus a lot on the defensive front, so he couldn’t create really dangerous opportunities.
In the 81st minute, Man City even had to play in a lack of people when goalkeeper Bravo received a red card after a foul outside the penalty area. Kyle Walker had to return to take on the responsibility of goalkeeper because Ederson was substituted early in the second half. Fortunately for Man City, time was too short for Atalanta to take advantage of this opportunity.
Draw 1-1 in Italy, Man City to lose the opportunity to soon pass the group stage. However, the next place is almost certainly theirs. With Atalanta, winning only 1 point after 4 matches made their chance to continue.
Atalanta: Pierluigi Gollini; Rafael Toloi, Berat Djimsiti, Jose Luis Palomino; Hans Hateboer, Marten de Roon, Freo Freuler (Malinovskiy, 84′), Timothy Castagne (Muriel, 90+2′); Mario Pasalic, Alejandro Gomez, Josip Ilicic.
Man City: Ederson (Bravo, 46′); Joao Cancelo, Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi, Benjamin Mendy; Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez (Walker, 88′), Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus (Aguero, 73′).