Monza vs Atalanta
Atalanta who were on top of the table took on Monza who were bottom of the league. However, the fixture was anything but one sided as expected.
The hosts held much of the possession and looked certain to gain something in the first half. However,the visitors showed their class after half time.
Højlund scored in the 58th minute. Marlon forced the ball into his own net for the second. This was enough for Atalanta to seal a 0-2 result.
Monza vs Atalanta: Match report
MONZA 0-2 ATALANTA
Scorers: Højlund 58 (A), Marlon own goal 65 (M).
Monza: Di Gregorio, Marlon, Pablo Marì, Caldirola (Izzo 87), Birindelli (Molina 77), Pessina, Rovella, Sensi (Colpani 77), Carlos Augusto, Mota (Gytkjaer 87), Caprari (Petagna 69). Bench: Cragno, Machin, Barberis, Valoti, F. Ranocchia, Antov, Marrone, Bondo, Izzo, S. Vignato, Ciurria. Coach: Giovanni Stroppa.
Atalanta: Musso, Hateboer, Toloi, Demiral, Zappacosta (Soppy 46), Koopmeiners, de Roon, Lookman (Boga 89), Éderson (Mæhle 77), Malinovskyi (Scalvini 72), Højlund (Pašalić 72). Bench: Rossi, Sportiello, Okoli, Zortea, Ruggeri. Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.
Referee: Juan Luca Sacchi from Macerata.
Assistants: Daniele Bindoni from Venice and Davide Imperiale from Genoa.
Fourth official: Andrea Colombo from Como.
V.A.R.: La Penna from Roma 1.
A.V.A.R.: Oreste Muto from Torre Annunziata.
Notes: Rovella (M), Scalvini (A) booked.
Giovanni Stroppa: “I feel the trust of the club, the managers have expressed themselves several times. I will be on the bench in Lecce, even if obviously the club decides.
“The first matches were almost prohibitive, but we have already seen that with some recovery we can have our say. With the whole team we are competitive and at a level I can’t find any gaps in psychological matters. We have to continue to believe in what we’re doing, the team is growing and we’re only missing points.”
Gian Piero Gasperini: “Atalanta have never been on top of the table alone, the lads deserve the praise, it’s a nice thing for us and our fans. We’ll try to make it last as much as possible.
“The fans can enjoy this great moment, we know we have a lot of work ahead of the next games. We have a lot of options that are working well. Hojlund scored, Soppy played an excellent game, like Ederson and Lookman.
“It’s important to score goals because it’s how you win games, last season we stopped scoring goals and that’s why we didn’t go forward. This team has different characteristics, this season we have more pace.”