Atalanta kicked out Shakhtar and set new record

Atalanta kicked out Shakhtar and set new record

In the last round of the Champions League group stage, the Italian Atalanta confidently dealt with Shakhtar Donetsk and left the Ukrainian club overboard the prestigious European tournament.

Before the final match for Shakhtar in the group stage of the Champions League, the alignment was extremely successful. The team was on the second line, being ahead of Dinamo Zagreb by one point and Atalanta by two.

The match began with the complete domination of Gasperini’s team, which finally gathered strength in the European competition. The fact is that the first three matches at the group stage, the Bergamians lost, but at the end they managed to get into the Champions League spring. Thus Atalanta have set a record, as a previous similar achievement was made by Newcastle 17 years ago. But then the Magpies reached the second group stage according to the tournament regulations.

Atalanta confidently held the brand. Although they failed to score in the first half, Castagne opened the score in the second thanks to a video replay, and after 10 minutes Shakhtar player Dodo received a direct red card for the elbow hit. This was all predetermined. Pasalic doubled the score by cutting the ball after Malinovskyi's pass, and in extra time, Gosens stepped in to watch Stepanenko's mistake and scored the third goal.

Summarizing the performance of the Donetsk team, it cannot be called a failure. Firstly, the Pitmen for the third time got to Manchester City at the group stage and managed to take away two points from the Citizens away. Secondly, they clearly lack stability in defense. The crown of Shakhtar's game remains the period under Mircea Lucescu, as well as a season under the management of Paulo Fonseca. The lack of sufficient experience in defense, even with a good defender Matviyenko, as well as competition in the championship, does not allow Castro’s team to hope for the Champions League playoffs.