Bergamo (Italy) (AFP) – Atalanta cruised previous Sampdoria 4-0 on Monday to maintain tempo with Juventus in Serie A’s race for the Champions League.
Mario Pasalic’s early strike, objectives in every half from Teun Koopmeiners and Aleksei Miranchuk’s late end ensured that Atalanta stayed three factors behind Juve, who sit in fourth after their win at Empoli on Saturday.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s facet have a recreation in hand which in the event that they win would transfer them above Juve due to their superior head-to-head document.
A sometimes attack-minded show at he Gewiss Stadium gave Atalanta simply their second win from eight Serie A video games performed for the reason that flip of the 12 months, ending a run of 5 league matches with out victory.
It was additionally their first league dwelling win for the reason that finish of November, their fourth in Bergamo all season.
Pasalic opened the scoring within the sixth minute with a robust header which fully wrong-footed Wladimiro Falcone within the Samp objective.
The Croatia worldwide netted his ninth league objective of the season after changing Ruslan Malinovskyi simply earlier than kick-off.
Malinovskyi, who had not too long ago spoken out in opposition to the Russian invasion of his dwelling nation Ukraine, was on account of begin however picked up an harm within the pre-match heat up.
He was pictured chatting on the sidelines along with his compatriot Vladyslav Supryaha, who’s on mortgage at Samp from Dynamo Kiev.
Koopmeiners added the second simply earlier than the half-hour mark when he slotted dwelling a peaceful end from Matteo Pessina’s go.
And after Francesco Caputo missed two good probabilities to place Samp again within the recreation and had a objective dominated out for offside Netherlands midfielder Koopmeiners made positive of the factors for Atalanta within the 61st minute.
The 24-year-old was arrange by Russian Miranchuk, who barely celebrated after rounding off the scoring with an outstanding particular person objective with 4 minutes remaining.
Miranchuk virtually seemed sheepish after dribbling round three gamers earlier than reducing a stunning shot again throughout Falcone to finish a near-perfect night for Atalanta.