Gianluca Scamacca netted a stunning goal against Sporting, countered by Marcus Edwards, securing Atalanta’s top spot in the Europa League group with a draw.
Atalanta had already secured qualification but needed a draw with Sporting to ensure they clinched the group’s top position, avoiding the play-offs.
With Charles De Ketelaere, Rafael Toloi, Jose Luis Palomino, Davide Zappacosta, and El Bilal Toure sidelined due to injuries, and Ivan Fresneda and Daniel Bragança not making the trip, Atalanta faced some absences. Despite being in a recent car crash, Marcus Edwards was on the bench.
Early on, Gianluca Scamacca found the net from an Ademola Lookman pass, but the goal was disallowed as he had strayed offside.
Sporting had a significant chance as Viktor Gyokeres turned Berat Djimsiti and maneuvered past Sead Kolasinac to take a shot that grazed the base of the far post.
Finally, Gianluca Scamacca beat the offside trap on Teun Koopmeiners’ pass and sealed the deal with a powerful right-footed shot from 20 meters out, bending back Antonio Adan’s glove.
Pedro Goncalves was put through on goal by Gyokeres. But he squandered the opportunity with a feeble dinked finish that resembled a back-pass to Juan Musso.
Atalanta vs Sporting: both sides missed some pretty good chances!
Both teams missed significant chances shortly after the restart, with Marcus Edwards denied from close range by Musso, and Scamacca firing wide of an open goal when Ederson rolled the ball across, insisting on shifting it onto his right foot.
Edwards then equalized moments later with a well-executed move, completing a give-and-go with Gyokeres to beat Musso in a one-on-one situation.
Ederson’s angled drive narrowly missed the far post, but none of his teammates made the run to meet it.
Pedro Goncalves experienced extraordinary misfortune on 67 minutes, as his finish from an Edwards assist beat Musso, hit the inside of the upright, rolled along the line, and rebounded off the other post.
A bizarre moment occurred when Atalanta mistakenly replaced Koopmeiners with Aleksei Miranchuk. It appears they gave the fourth official the wrong number. But because Miranchuk had already stepped onto the pitch before, it was too late to rectify.
Pedro Goncalves missed another absolutely significant opportunity when he evaded the offside trap, outpaced the onrushing Musso, only to prod wide of the far post.
Miranchuk curled a shot wide and then forced a save from the goalkeeper, while Kolasinac hobbled off the pitch with a calf problem.