Mission successful for Mike Maignan’s teammates. AC Milan received Atalanta this Sunday afternoon in a boiling San Siro. Long without a solution, the Rossoneri won 2-0 and put pressure on their home neighbor, pushed back to five points in the Serie A standings. The Nerazzurri will have to win in Cagliari in the evening (8:45 p.m.) to avoid title of Italian champion to his rival.
The first period of Milan was not frankly reassuring the local supporters. Despite a good start, the precision was not there. However, the Rossoneri were offensive, unlike Atalanta players well grouped.
A defensive task perfectly fulfilled by Luis Muriel, very low. Broken down in the short construction, Milan tried the long balls, with in the role of the pivot Olivier Giroud, responsible for controlling the long balls of Mike Maignan. A very difficult task in the middle of Djimsiti (1.90m), Palomino (1.88m) and De Roon (1.85m).
Olivier Giroud, here in the duel with Berat Ridvan Djimsiti. (Maurizio Borsari/aflo)
The Milanese have never really worried the opposing defense in 45 minutes. Only a missed strike from Rafael Leao came to shake a boiling San Siro. But as often this season, the Portuguese striker unblocked the situation with a powerful strike between the legs of Musso (57th).
Theo to ruin Bergamo’s hopes
A goal to wake up visitors. Atalanta waited until the 61st minute to create their first real chance. Duvan Zapata turned to face goal but his ball flew off-target, providing relief to a fearful stadium. A feeling created by the scenario of a meeting which turned to the advantage of Bergamo.
Until then in difficulty, the men of Gian Piero Gasperini put their foot on the ball, multiplying the opportunities. Zapata offered himself the equalizing ball by jumping higher than everyone on a corner, but crossed his head too much.
Davan Zapata, ahead of Sandro Tonali. (Alberto Mariani/sync)
A situation not to Theo Hernandez’s taste. After a recovery in front of his surface, the Frenchman embarked on a mad race. Neither the midfielders nor the opposing defenders were able to stop the side, who concluded with a superb cross shot after a rush from 92 meters, accompanied by several hooks (75th).
A second killer goal for Bergamo, unable to get back into the game. And a relief for a whole club, one step away from the title. At one point more precisely, since AC Milan will be able to settle for a draw on the side of Sassuolo next Sunday.