Lotito was wrong, this Lazio is not worth Juventus and his battle to resume the championship, to dream on the field the victory of the Scudetto has already been broken, perhaps definitively, at the first outing of the season. Atalanta was put out of the Biancocelesti enthusiasm, the team that kicked off the first leg of the boys’ ride Simone Inzaghi, who came back in the best form of the championship. The first 30 minutes at a very high pace and the two goals ahead of Immobile (today not up to par) and companions were not enough. The frantic acceleration of the start soon left room for the consistency of the Bergamo players who shot for shot have resumed, reached and reversed the result. Until the final 3-2 that turns off, in one fell swoop, the ambitions of what must have been at least on paper the real anti-Juve.
Lazio was the strongest starting point, with a fast and above all vertical giropalla that immediately put in difficulty Atalanta. The space behind the Djimsiti-Palomino duo on the right center is fertile ground for Lazzari and Immobile and if Duvan Zapata devours the 1-0 on the wrong postponement of Strakosha it is precisely the Biancocelesti exploiting that lane to find the advantage with the own goal of De Roon who clumsily deflects in his own door the cross of a wild Lazzari. Atalanta accuses the blow and is incredibly inaccurate in the construction in midfield and just from a ball lost in the median comes the doubling of Sergej Milinkovic Savic who picks up a ball on the edge and finds an elusive parable for Gollini.
The one-two boxer would have knocked out a bull and in fact Lazio would also have the opportunity to kill the match, but twice Immobile graces Atalanta face to face with Gollini. This is where the race changes, because Atalanta grows with the growth of its star, Papu Gomez and after a miracle by Strakosha on Malinovskyi he finds 2-1 with a classic three-way defense action with a cross from the right midfielder, Hateboer, who ended in a header from the left outside, Gosens, at the eighth seasonal center that certifies how interest rumors Inter are more than justified.
Even in the second half, Atalanta’s response is vehement and the first 10 minutes bring Freuler, Malinovskyi and Djimsiti close to a draw. The exit of Cataldi due to ankle injury and the entry of Parolo in his place removes balance to Simone Inzaghi’s 11 who just from a loose ball to the limit still capitulate thanks to a fireball by Malinovskyi that leaves no way out for Strakosha. The physical collapse of Luis Alberto and Milinkovic grants the midfield to the men today trained by Gritti (Gasperini disqualified) and with the entry of Ilicic Atalanta completes his masterpiece. The Slovenian in a serpentine sows panic, Acerbi sacrifices himself on Muriel, but it is on the next corner that Palomino heads and beats a culprit and out of position Strakosha.
The 3-2 holds up to the end also thanks to a disappointing Muriel who is hypnotized twice face to face with Strakosha, but the verdict remains unquestionable. The two best teams before the break are no longer on the same level. One, Atalanta, flies Champions League rhythms and he can dream big, maybe more than Inter can today only 4 points away. The other, Lazio, has collapsed after only 20 minutes at high levels and he was unable to withstand the impact or manage the pace of the race. So the Scudetto dream becomes more and more complicated, if not impossible, because gnawing 4 points at this Juventus will be increasingly complicated.
Atalanta-Lazio 3-2 (first half 1-2)
Scorers: 5 ‘p.t. aut. de Roon (A), 11 ‘p.t. Milinkovic Savic (L), 38 ‘p.t. Gosens (A), 21 ‘s.t. Malinovskyi (A), 35 ‘s.t. Palomino (A)
Assist: 11 ‘p.t. Luis Alberto (A), 21 ‘s.t. de Roon (A), 35 ‘s.t. Gomez (A)
Atalanta (3-4-1-2): Gollini, Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti, Hateboer, de Roon, Freuler, Gosens (24 ‘s.t. Castagne), Malinovskyi (32’ s.t. Ilicic), Gomez, Zapata (25 ‘s.t. Muriel). Att. Gritti.
Lazio (3-5-2): Strakosha, Patric, Acerbi, Radu (32 ‘st Bastos), Lazzari, Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi (15’ st Parolo), Luis Alberto (32 ‘st Anderson), Jony (31’ st Lukaku), Immobile, Correa ( 10 ‘st Caicedo). All. Inzaghi.
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Schio).
Ammonites: 7 ‘s.t. Toloi (A), 11 ‘s.t. de Roon (A), 27 ‘s.t. Milinkovic Savic (L), 40 ‘s.t. Patric (L)