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UEFA Europa League
14 September 2017
Game week
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A. Masiello (G) 27'
1 - 0
A. Gómez (G) 41' (assist by: A. Petagna)
2 - 0
B. Cristante (G) 44' (assist by: A. Petagna)
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Minute   Description
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Atalanta hammer Everton this evening thanks to goals from Andrea Masiello. Alejandro Gomez and Bryan Cristante. Gian Piero Gasperini's men begin their Europa League campaign with a brilliant performance and they will aim to continue that throughout the group stage. The Toffees had a night to forget and will need to find their form to stop their recent poor run of results before pressure builds on Ronald Koeman.
90'+3 The referee ends the contest.
90'+1 WIDE! Holgate advances and he collects the ball in the left inside channel, only to fire into the side-netting. It has been one of those nights for Everton.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
89' Everton try to threaten in the closing stages, but Klaassen sees his effort blocked by Palomino, while Keane collects and blasts well over the bar.
88' SAVE! Castagne slides the ball into the feet of Cornelius in the box. The striker takes the strike on first time on his left foot, but he cannot generate enough power on his strike to beat Stekelenburg.
87' Sandro collects on the left flank and he turns his man before shooting towards the target. However, it's a tame effort and Berisha saves with ease.
86' WIDE! Sigurdsson lifts the ball into the box and Jagielka attacks the ball with his head. His effort heads towards Mirallas, who tries to turn the ball goalwards. However, the Belgian can only head wide of the post.
85' Holgate raids down the right and attempts to lift a cross into the box, but Castagne makes the block. Berisha almost keeps the ball in play, but the officials disagree.
84' Gomez curls a cross to the back post for the run of Cornelius, but the striker just cannot reach his cross after beating Baines.
82' Cristante is replaced by Kurtic for the final eight minutes.
81' Gomez weaves his way in and out of challenges inside the box before lifting a cross to the back post for Hateboer to attack. The defender makes contact, but is in an offside position.
79' Petagna is replaced by Cornelius.
Atalanta are doing their utmost to take the pace out of the game as we enter the final throes of the contest. Gasperini will want to keep the clean sheet intact.
77' Caldara replaces Masiello for the home side.
76' Calvert-Lewin makes way for Mirallas.
OVER! Besic collects 30 yards from goal and he goes for an ambitious strike at the target, but he can only fire his effort into the stand behind the net.
75' Keane looks to attack Baines' delivery from the corner, but Toloi clears ahead of him in the six-yard box. It has been a very disciplined performance from the home side at the back.
74' WIDE! Sigurdsson goes for the drive from the edge of the box, but his effort is deflected wide of the post by Palomino. Baines will take the corner from the left.
72' Play is back underway, but Baines takes a knock as he attempts to keep the ball in play on the flank. He looks a bit shaken up, but he gets back on his feet to continue.
71' Masiello falls awkwardly and requires treatment on the pitch before we continue.
69' The home side are controlling the pace of the game and there's not a great deal the Toffees can do to stop them. It has been the theme of the evening.
67' Sigurdsson's free-kick is cleared with ease as the home side are able to bring the ball away from the penalty area.
66' Schneiderlin makes way for Sandro.
Rooney is replaced by Klaassen before the free-kick.
65' Everton win a free-kick in the final third that will be taken by Sigurdsson. The Toffees need a lift from the midfielder.
63' Sigurdsson goes into the book after bringing down Cristante.
62' De Roon barges his way past Baines in the final third and shapes to shoot, but he gets crowded out before he can pull the trigger.
61' Gasperini's men are passing the ball around with ease in the final third. Everton look extremely vulnerable at the back.
59' Everton are struggling to make any impression in the final third. Atalanta are well drilled and disciplined in their defensive play, which is beginning to frustrate the visitors.
57' OFF THE BAR! Atalanta come inches away from a fourth goal as they break upfield in numbers. Freuler collects on the edge of the box and hammers an effort towards goal, only to be denied by the bar.
56' Keane fails to make solid contact with his low header from Sigurdsson's cross, while the follow-up from Holgate is gathered with ease by Berisha.
55' Holgate goes on the charge in the final third and wins a free-kick. Can Sigurdsson produce a quality cross from the right flank?
54' OVER! A loose cross-field pass allows Hateboer to intercept and play in Petagna down the right flank. The striker rolls the ball back to his team-mate, who then finds Gomez. However, on this occasion the Argentine fires over the bar.
52' Holgate and Vlasic combine to open up space for Rooney in the final third, but his lofted cross to the back post is handled easily by Berisha.
51' Everton are trying to get on the front foot in the second period, but the home side are putting them under pressure in possession.
49' SAVE! Petagna is afforded space and time in the final third and he goes for goal from 20 yards out. He gets power on his left-footed drive, but his effort is well saved by Stekelenburg.
48' Vlasic turns in the final third and he goes for the strike from the edge of the box, but he cannot generate any power on his effort.
46' SAVE! Rooney finds space in the right inside channel to fire a low effort at goal, but he is denied a goal by the legs of Berisha.
We're back underway at the MAPEI Stadium.
Everton have been completely outplayed in the first half as Atalanta have dominated from start-to-finish. The home side look well on their way to securing the three points this evening unless the Toffees can mount an incredible comeback. Goals from Andrea Masiello. Alejandro Gomez and Bryan Cristante have given Gian Piero Gasperini's men a deserved advantage and they look in the mood for more in the second period.
45' The referee ends the first half.
44' Petagna notches his second assist of the half as he picks out Cristante with his pass in the final third.
GOALLLLL!!!! ATALANTA HAVE THREE! The home side all but kill the game off before the break as Cristante finds the net. Petagna was allowed to roam free in the final third by the Everton backline. He did not mean to pick out Cristante's forward run as he looked to be aiming for Gomez. However, the midfielder collected and took the ball in stride into the box before slotting his effort past Stekelenburg.
41' Petagna picks out his team-mate in the final third before the winger does the rest.
GOALLLLLL!!!! GOMEZ SCORES A STUNNER! Atalanta double their lead before the break as Gomez curls a 25-yard effort into the top corner. Petagna rolled the ball to his team-mate just outside the box and he let fly with a pinpoint strike into the net after being allowed to turn by Vlasic in the final third. The home side are in complete control.
40' Besic sums up his side's performance so far this evening as he slices the ball into touch, putting his side under further pressure in their own half.
38' Rooney sends the ball long into the box for Calvert-Lewin's deep run, but the ball just evades the run of the striker. The 20-year-old could have done a bit better there.
37' SHOT! Gomez cuts inside for once on his right foot and he fires a low effort at goal, but his shot is saved with relative ease by Steklenburg.
36' Calvert-Lewin is offering nothing up front for Everton at the point of attack. The Atalanta defenders are brushing him off the ball with ease, preventing the Toffees from stopping the pressure on their backline.
34' SAVE! Petagna turns the ball inside for Masiello's run from deep and the defender pokes the ball towards goal, but Stekelenburg saves well with his feet.
33' Masiello trips Sigurdsson on the counter and goes into the book.
Gomez unlocks the Everton defence once again and his cross is met at the back post by Hateboer. He attempts to drive his effort low towards the bottom corner from a tight angle, but he fails to hit the target.
32' BLOCK! Toloi and Freuler line up effort from distance, but the visitors are able to make crucial blocks on the edge of the box. It's all one-way traffic at the moment.
31' Gomez raids with menace down the left flank and he cuts the ball back across the face of goal, but ther's no blue and black shirt there to convert.
29' Gasperini's men have dominated the first half bar two opportunities from distance from Everton. Koeman could be forced to change his system to get his side back into the game.
27' GOALLLLL!!!! ATALANTA TAKE THE LEAD! Masiello was denied a minute ago by Stekelenburg, but on this occasion he turns the ball home at the back post unmarked. Gomez's corner caused havoc in the box and a deflection off De Roon took the ball into the path of Masiello. The defender held his composure to slide the ball into the bottom corner.
26' CHANCE! Gomez picks out the run of Petagna in the box, but the striker cannot control the ball in the box. Fortunately for the home side it lands at the feet of Masiello. He shoots first time, but is denied by Steklenburg.
25' Freuler plays a loose pass to De Roon on the right and the midfielder has to run to keep the ball in play. He backheels to keep the ball alive and is allowed to run back on to the pitch to collect without pressure from the visitors.
23' BLOCK! Castagne finds space in the final third and he cuts back on to his right foot to shoot, but this time Jagielka slides in to block the strike. Everton's two central defenders are being made to work hard.
21' BLOCK! Petagna picks out Freuler in space on the edge of the box and he goes for the drive, but Keane is there to make the crucial block.
20' The home side are beginning to build a strong period of pressure on the Everton goal. Koeman's men need to hold firm here.
18' SCRAMBLE! The Toffees fail to clear Gomez's cross at the first attempt. The ball almost falls to Cristante before Schneiderlin boots the ball away at the second time of asking.
17' Rooney is on hand to clear the first corner behind with a solid defensive header. However, Gomez will get a second crack at putting the ball into the area.
16' Atalanta respond down the left flank an Holgate has to be alert at the back to stop Gomez's run into the channel, although he concedes a corner.
14' Holgate finds space down the right flank and he sends a first-time cross towards the near post, but none of his team-mates attack the ball, allowing Berisha to claim.
OVER! Rooney threatens for the Toffees as he goes for the audacious lob over Berisha. His effort troubles the keeper, but lands just over the bar on the roof of the net.
13' SAVE! Calvert-Lewin nods on to Vlasic, who in turn tees up Sigurdsson on the edge of the box. The midfielder goes for the blast, but his effort is well saved by Berisha.
11' Schneiderlin slides in hard on Gomez and Atalanta are awarded a free-kick just inside their own half, but the Frenchman is very fortunate to escape a booking for that challenge.
9' Castagne gets the better of Holgate down the left flank and has an opening to cross the ball, but he slips at the vital moment, allowing the visitors to clear the danger.
7' The Toffees have been pushed well back in the opening stages of the match as Atalanta have dominated possession. Koeman will be concerned by his side's start to the game.
5' Calvert-Lewin has space on the break, but he loses possession in the key moment with a loose pass to Vlasic in the final third.
Jagielka rises highest in the box to clear away a second corner from the home side as the pressure on the Everton goal continues.
3' The home side put the pressure on in the early stages of the contest, but the Toffees manage to keep them at bay with Holgate defending well on the flank.
1' We're underway in this Europa League contest.
The players are out on the pitch, so we should be underway shortly.
STAT ATTACK! Everton have won just one of their matches against Italian opposition, which came in 2008 against Fiorentina.
Everton have made six changes from their defeat to Tottenham. Maarten Stekelenburg replaces Jordan Pickford between the sticks, while Mason Holgate, Nikola Vlasic, Muhamed Besic, Phil Jagielka and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all come into the fold.
Atalanta have made four changes from their win over Sassuolo at the weekend. Andrea Petagna, Jose Palomino, Hans Hateboer and Remo Freuler all come into the side this evening.
Everton subs: Wiliams, Mirallas, Martina, Gueye, Ramirez, Klaassen, Pickford.
EVERTON (4-2-3-1): Stekelenburg; Holgate, Jagielka, Keane, Baines; Besic, Schneiderlin; Vlasic, Rooney, Sigurdsson; Calvert-Lewin.
Atalanta subs: Orsolini, Cornelius, Caldara, Kurtic, Haas, Gollini, Bastoni.
ATALANTA (3-5-2): Berisha; Toloi, Palomino, Masiello; Hateboer, Cristante, Freuler, De Roon, Castagne; Gomez, Petagna.
The team news has been announced and we'll start with the home side.
Ronald Koeman's men have lost back-to-back matches to Chelsea and Tottenham, but did start the term by beating Stoke and then claiming a 1-1 draw against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Everton were forced to come through the qualifying rounds, but they overcame Ruzomberok and Hadjuk Split with relative ease. Their league campaign unsteady in their opening matches, although they have faced formidable sides.
Gian Piero Gasperini's men performed extremely well in Serie A last season to secure an automatic berth for the Europa League by finishing fourth. The current campaign started off poorly with back-to-back defeats against Roma and Napoli, but a win over Sassuolo last time out got them off the mark in the league.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Europa League clash between Atalanta and Everton at the MAPEI Stadium.


E. Berisha
M. Schneiderlin
L. Baines
Rafael Tolói
B. Cristante
M. Keane
A. Masiello
P. Jagielka
J. Palomino
W. Rooney
A. Gómez
R. Freuler
M. de Roon
G. Sigurðsson
T. Castagne
M. Bešić
M. Stekelenburg
N. Vlašić
D. Calvert-Lewin
A. Petagna
M. Holgate
H. Hateboer

Additional info

V. Bezborodov
V. Danchenko
Fourth official
A. Lunev

Match Stats

Atalanta Everton
35 Attacks (Dangerous) 25
6 Corners 2
8 Fouls 8
8 Free Kicks 8
6 Goal Kicks 6
0 Offsides 0
2 Shots (blocked) 0
2 Shots (off target) 4
5 Shots (on target) 3
1 Shots (woodwork) 0
35 Throw Ins 21

Serie A table

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Premier League table

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