|45' +3'||GOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!! MARIOOOOOOO PAŠAAAAALIIIIĆ!!! SuperMario scores the equaliser!!! 2-2! C'MON GUYS!!!|
|41'||Yellow card for Koopmeiners.|
|37'||Substitution for Atalanta: on Malinovskyi, off Scalvini.|
|33'||Double substitution for Spezia: on Kovalenko and Ekdal, off Ampadu and Bastoni.|
|32'||GOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!! RASMUSSSS HØJLUUUUND!!! Rasmus turns and fires past the goalkeeper! C'MON!!! 2-1! C'MON LADS!|
|27'||Ampadu's finish is inches over.|
|22'||Double substitution for Spezia: on Maldini and Moutinho, off Nzola and Reca.|
|13'||Yellow card for Zappacosta.|
|12'||Three substitutions for Spezia: on Pašalić, Muriel and Zappacosta, off Éderson, Lookman e Mæhle.|
|11'||Yellow card for Ampadu.|
|4'||Yellow card for Kiwior.|
|1'||Big second half needed! C'MON GUYS! #ForzaAtalanta|
On matchday 16 of the 2022-2023 Serie A TIM, the fixture against Spezia at the Stadio Picco ends in a 2-2 draw. Down by two goals at the resumption of the league after the long winter break, Atalanta showed character and guts to come back with goals from Højlund and Pašalić in the second half, kicking off the new year with a draw at a difficult ground in a very complicated match.
A DIFFICULT START FOR ATALANTA The hosts got off to a strong start and, after Bastoni’s attempt was smothered by Sportiello, they broke the deadlock 8 minutes into the game when Gyasi cut into the box and beat Sportiello assisted by Nzola. Atalanta’s reaction was immediate, first (10′) with Koopmeiners, who could not make the most of Zapata’s cross, and then (13′) with the Colombian, who was denied by on-rushing Zoet. The two collided heavily at that juncture and the clash forced both of them to be subbed off in the following minutes, albeit at two different moments. Before leaving the pitch, however, the Colombian striker found time to trouble substitute Zovko with a header in the 23rd minute. Replacing Zapata was Højlund, who had an attempt at goal as soon as he got off the bench, at the half-hour mark. But Spezia struck again in the 31st minute, with Nzola making the most of his speed to double their lead. Before half-time, there were saves on each side: Zovko’s save on Højlund’s headed effort on 41 minutes and Palomino’s tackle on Nzola in the first minute of injury time.
THE COMEBACK Atalanta piled on the pressure in the second half, pouring everything forward. Coach Gasperini gave new energy to the team with the changes. After the close call in the 60th minute (Ampadu’s 3-0 goal was ruled out by the V.A.R. for offside in the build-up), Højlund reopened the game in the 77th minute with a great play, as he gathered the ball with his back to goal, controlled it, held off a defender and then fired past the goalkeeper. The young Dane had another attempt at goal, as his angled drive skimmed far post in the 85th minute. However, the equalizer was not late in coming as Pašalić tapped in from Koopmeiners’ pass in the 93rd minute to make it 2-2.
2 - 2
|3||Shots on target||4|
|3||Shots off target||7|
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