26 Apr Atalanta v Fiorentina Match Report, 25/04/2019, Coppa Italia
Atalanta will confront Lazio from the Coppa Italia final after beating Fiorentina 2-1 on daily and 5-4 on aggregate.
Atalanta retrieved from going a goal down to beat Fiorentina 2-1 in the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, progressing to the Coppa Italia final 5-4 on aggregate.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side twice missed a lead in their own 3-3 first-leg draw February but they showed fighting spirit of their particular on Thursday to reach the last for only a fourth time, with Lazio waiting next month.
Luis Muriel started the scoring early on for Fiorentina, however they had been not able to construct on their benefit and watched their winless run stretch to 11 matches across all contests.
Alejandro Gomez won a penalty because of his side, which Josip Ilicic transformed, and the former secured the success 21 moments from time due in big part to some howler from goalkeeper Alban Lafont.
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Four of their first leg six goals were scored within the opening 36 minutes, and it required less than 3 of their yield for Muriel to start the scoring.
Federico Chiesa played with the ball throughout the Atalanta defence and Muriel coolly slotted underneath Pierluigi Gollini.
However, the hosts were flat 11 minutes afterwards as, shortly after Gollini had retained out Jordan Veretout’s shot in his near post, Federico Ceccherini’s rash challenge on Gomez at the box enabled Ilicic to convert from the place.
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Marco Benassi was denied from close range by Gollini as Fiorentina pushed for a purpose that could have put them ahead from the tie, although Lafont was equivalent to Gomez’s drive.
The hosts looked the more dangerous side in the second half, coming close through Duvan Zapata’s deflected shot and substitute Mario Pasalic’s long-range attempt that Lafont pushed broad.
Gomez gave Atalanta some breathing space with a hit that Lafont must have done better to keep out, getting two hands on the ball but neglecting to prevent it on its way through, and Fiorentina never threatened to come across the 2 goals they had as raucous home parties greeted the final whistle.
What exactly does it imply? Atalanta fantasy goes on
Atalanta stopped Juve’s four-year domination of their Coppa plus they stay on path to raise the cup for only another period, 56 decades on in their final victory. Gasperini’s men face a showdown with Lazio – a side they’re four points over in Serie A – after the Biancocelesti’s 1-0 triumph over AC Milan on Wednesday.
As for Fiorentina, this has been billed as a season-saving game for them. Their only realistic goal between today and the end of the campaign would be to end in the upper half of Serie A.
Gomez creates captain’s screen
He might have been given a big helping hand with some bad goalkeeping, but Gomez’s goal capped a fine man outing. The Argentina international also won a penalty because of his side and produced a few chances from open play.
Ceccherini prices his side
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Fiorentina did the hard work by having an early lead to subdue the house audience somewhat, but Ceccherini’s needless challenge on Gomez turned into a critical moment as Atalanta pushed on from this target and sealed their passing.
What is next?
Atalanta’s pursuit for a top-four end in Serie A proceeds on Monday since they host Udinese, while Fiorentina welcome Sassuolo on the exact same moment.