Atalanta Bergamo – Lazio Roma: Zapata’s Early Goal Lifts Atalanta to Sixth Place In Serie A (1-0)
Duván Zapata scored the only goal of the match after 61 seconds, as Atalanta were able to add to Lazio’s recent misery. The overall standard of play in this match was considerably poor, but targeting Lazio’s defender Wallace early in the match allowed Atalanta to come away with the win, despite Simone Inzaghi’s offensive changes.
Tactical analysis by Josh Williams.
Ahead of the match, Atalanta wanted to continue their push towards the Champions League qualification places, after winning four of their last six matches. A win for the home side would result in the gap to Lazio being closed to just one point, so there was plenty to play for.
Lazio, however, were desperate to find form, after drawing their last four league matches. Alongside those four Serie A draws, Lazio had also suffered two European defeats to Eintracht Frankfurt and Apollon Limassol. The pressure was growing on manager Simone Inzaghi, and with AC Milan one point ahead and yet to play, he had to ensure his side did not fall behind.
Gian Piero Gasperini made two changes to his team compared to the match against Udinese, with Gianluca Mancini and Josip Iličić starting ahead of Andrea Masiello and Emiliano Rigoni. Atalanta played in their nominal 3-4-1-2 formation, with Iličić playing alongside the in-form Duván Zapata.
Inzaghi employed his usual 3-1-4-2 system, with Milan Badelj the deepest of the three central midfielders. Joaquin Correa played slightly behind Ciro Immobile in attack, who played the most advanced role. In terms of personnel changes, Inzaghi also made two, by bringing . . .