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February 26, 2012
• Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo
Referee: A. Damato
• Attendance: 16000
G. Marilungo 10'
G. Denis 19', 47', 66'
F. Borini 36'
I've been Alex Mott, thanks for joining me here in Bergamo. I'll be back on the website in around 40 minutes with my Player Ratings. Cheers.
90' + 2'
And that's it! Atalanta have beaten Roma here 4-1.
Moralez fouls Lamela on the right-hand side of the area, and gives away a free kick. Lamela takes said free kick, and puts it straight in the side netting. Deary me.
Atalanta are just keeping the ball amongst themselves now. The fans are cheering every completed pass.
Yellow CardFederico Peluso
Pjanic has a shot from 30yds - out of frustration if anything - that goes well wide.
It looks as if, when Brighi played Denis through on that previous counter-attack, Cassetti complained to the linesman that he was offside, and that's why he's been given the red card. Ridiculous. Thus referee has ruined an otherwise fantastic game.
Red CardMarco Cassetti
CASSETTI SENT OFF. And once again, I have no idea why.
Brighi has been utterly class this afternoon. He tracks Lamela for about 50m, tackles him, and starts a counter-attack, that Atalanta can't quite make the most of.
Yellow CardLeandro Greco
This game has completely petered out now. Roma look in no way like scoring. And Atalanta are happy for them to keep the ball around the centre circle.
Gabbiadini, the substitute, hits it. And it flies comfortably over the bar.
One ball. ONE BALL. Beats two Roma defenders there, and Jose Angel gives away a free kick 35yds from the Roma goal.
Roma have a free kick, 30yds from goal. Lamela decides to go for goal, and fires it miles over the bar.
Lamela, who's been really quiet this afternoon, tries to trick his way past Peluso. The former Pro Vercelli full-back though, is having none of it, and just puts his laces through the ball and out for a throw in.
This Roma defence has been genuinly awful today; crumbling at the first sign of pressure like an old woman's hip.
GOOOAAALLLL. And it's a hat-trick for German Denis. Roma's defensive line is so high again, and one ball through cuts out Cassetti, Heinze and Jose Angel, which leaves Denis a one-on-one with Stekelenburg. He waits, like all good strikers' do, for the keeper to make the first move, and just slots it over him. Great finish. 4-1.
I've seen another replay of the Osvaldo incident, and it looks like the forward kicked out at Cigarini prior to the foul on him. If that's why he's been sent off, that is really quite harsh.
Cigarini dispossesses Gago, and initiates an attack. The midfielder, on loan from Napoli, plays it wide to Moralez, who takes a touch, and puts a cross into the box that Stekelenburg comes and collects.
Yellow CardThomas Manfredini
It's a free kick to Roma now, after Lamela drew a foul from Manfredini on the right-hand touchline. The ball is whipped in, but it doesn't beat the first man, and Atalanta boot the ball away.
Peluso goes on a surging run down the lefr, and puts in a dinked cross for Moralez. The diminutive Argentine, can't quite jump high enough though, and Roma clear the danger.
It looked like a foul by Cigarini on Osvaldo, but as the players surrounded the referee, Osvaldo was given a red card. As soon as I get more information, I will of course let you know.
Red CardD. Osvaldo
OSVALDO SENT OFF. What for though, I have no idea, yet.
Yellow CardLuca Cigarini
Patrick De Gennaro on Twitter asks: "what is wrong with Roma's defence today?" If I had the answer to that Patrick, I'd be earning a lot more money than I do. I think it might though, have something to do with Heinze and Juan being absolutely awful.
GOOOAAALLLL!!! Already! And it's Atalanta who restore their two-goal cushion. Marilungo, on the right-hand side of the area, plays a ball across the box, which Denis taps in from five yards. So, so easy. 3-1.
We're back. And it's Roma who will get us underway, kicking from right-to-left.
Colantuono's side have been utterly superb in the first half, and are somewhat unlucky to be going into the break just a goal up. As always, if you have any comments on that half, or Serie A in general, do contact me @alexjmott on Twitter.
45' + 3'
And that's half time. A brilliant first half here in Bergamo ends Atalanta 2-1 Roma.
45' + 2'
Yellow CardMaximiliano Moralez
45' + 2'
Pjanic and Osvaldo combine on the edge of the area, with the former Lyon man smashing a shot high towards the Atalanta goal, which Consigli tips over the bar.
Three minutes of added time here in Bergamo.
Manfredini is knocked off the ball by Borini 30yds from the Atalanta goal. The former Swansea man takes the ball forward and wins a corner for his side. The subsequent ball is whipped in from the right, but Stendardo heads away the danger.
COORR. Marquinho, who's showed glimpses of his quality this afternoon, shoots from 25yds out, but his effort goes just wide of Consigli's left-hand post.
Rosi is getting forward really well for Roma this afternoon. This time, he gets to the right-hand byline and tries to put in a low cross for Osvaldo. Manfredini spots the danger though, and clears away the ball for a throw in.
GOOOAAALLLL ROOOMMMAAA. And it's Borini with the goal! Taddei gets to the byline, cuts a ball back to Osvaldo. Hit shot is deflected, but only as far as Borini, who hits a snap shot at goal that squirms through the legs of Consigli in the Atalanta goal. 2-1.
A free kick to Roma on the edge of the area hits the wall, but it comes back to Pjanic, who plays it out to Rosi on the right-hand side. The full-back plays it into the box, to Osvaldo, but he can't quite get a clean shot away, and once again, Atalanta clear away the danger.
It's Rosi for Roma now, just over the halfway line. He plays it inside to Pjanic, who flings the ball out to the opposite flank, and Taddei, who's waiting. The Brazilian looks up, and sees the run of Marquinho in the area, but he can't quite find him, and Atalanta clear.
Oh dear. This Roma defence are having an absolutely torrid time. Moralez skips past the challenge of Juan on the halfway line, and plays Marilungo through. The Italian U21 international takes the ball a bit too wide though, and has to wait for support from Denis in the box. When it does finally come, Heinze is back, and heads the ball into the arms of his keeper.
This has been an absolutely stunning start for Atalana. Brighi has been a terrier in midfield, and the pace of Moralez and Marilungo is causing this Roma defence all sorts of problems. As such, the team who have only scored one in their last four games, have bagged themselves two in 20 minutes.
The corner's hit deep towards Denis, but the striker can't quite get enough power on his header to trouble Stekelenburg.
Gago concedes a free kick on the left-hand touchline, and it's taken quickly by Atalanta. Down the touchline, Moralez wins a corner off of Rosi.
Yellow CardFernando Gago
GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! And it's Atalanta again! This time, German Denis is the goal-scorer. A tackle by Brighi in the centre circle starts a break for Le Dea. Moralez takes the ball upto the edge of the area, and slips in Denis on the left-hand side of the area. The man on loan from Udinese then hits it first time, across goal, and watches as the ball goes past Stekelenburg's out-stretched arm, and into the bottom right-hand corner. 2-0.
This Moralez/Marilungo partnership is working wonders down the left-hand side for Atalanta. First, they combine to win a thrown in for Colantuono's side. Then, 25yds downfield, a one-two outwits Rosi, who fouls Moralez for a free kick. The ball is whipped in from the left, but Stekelenburg is commanding, and comes through a crowd of bodies to collect the ball.
Another long ball to Marilungo, and the former Samp man does well to chest it, hold the ball up, and play it out wide to Moralez. The Argentine takes a touch, and whips it in, into the box, but Denis can't get there ahead of Stekelenburg, and Roma have it once more.
GOOOAAALLLL!!!! And it's Atalanta who break the deadlock. Denis played a long ball through to Marilungo, who, clean on goal, cooly slotted it past Stekelenburg from 12 yards out. 1-0.
Marquinho under pressure from Brighi in the centre circle, but the Brazilian, who's making his first start today, does well to get his pass away to Osvaldo on the left-hand touchline. The forward gets past Lucchini, but the defender pulls up, and the play is stopped for treatment.
OHHH. Nearly the first goal of the game for Atalanta. Marilungo took a touch outside the box to get past Juan, and instictively top-poked it, but only onto the left-hand post. So, so close.
Moralez plays in Marilungo right from kick off, but the former Sampdoria man is offside. Incisive start from Le Dea.
Here we go then. Atalanta get us underway, kicking from right-to-left.
Before we kick off, we're going to have a minute's silence here for three Italian soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan this week.
Five minutes until kick off here in Bergamo, and the atmosphere is bubbling under nicely.
Atalanta: (4-4-1-1) Consigli; Lucchini, Stendardo, Manfredini, Peluso; Carrozza, Cigarini, Brighi, Moralez; Marilungo; Denis.
TEAM NEWS: Luis Enriqe has given January signing Marquinho his first start for the Giallorossi, in place of Daniele De Rossi. (4-3-1-2) Stekelenburg; Rosi, Juan, Heinze, Taddei; Marquinho, Gago, Pjanic; Lamela; Osvaldo, Borini.
How rude of me. I forgot to mention that I'm Alex Mott, and you can hit me up with any questions/predictions/comments @alexjmott on Twitter. Ta.
Stefano Colantuono's side haven't conceded a goal in any of their last three games, but then, have only scored one goal in their previous four as well. The Giallorossi however, have scored in 19 of their previous 20 matches against Le Dea, and seem to be hitting momentum just at the right time.
Afternoon everyone, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE, play-by-play coverage, of Atalanta vs Roma. As the race for the Champions League places hots up, Roma will be looking for all three points against a well-drilled and disciplined Atalanta side. And by 'well-drilled and disciplined' I mean eye-gaugingly boring.
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