Two pearls of Traorè give Sassuolo a victory that against Atalanta had been missing for eight years. Result legitimized by the perfect match conduct of the Emilians who left no way out for the formation of Gasperini, who appeared tired and with a little continuous maneuver, rarely intense that favored the opponents’ plays. – THE CHRONICLE OF THE MATCH
For Traorè the confirmation of his state of grace, with the shotgun and a hit post.
On the eve, Atalanta’s motivation was higher, which, between the two Europa League matches, was trying to improve its seventh place and instead slipped to eighth with this defeat. Sassuolo instead wanted to resume his march after the braking with Lazio hitting the goal, bypassing Verona and positioning himself in ninth place. Gasperini changes several men with respect to the cup commitment, with Zapata from the start. Maxime Lopez returns to Sassuolo but above all Berardi, with Ayhan in defense instead of Ferrari.
The first occasion is for Sassuolo with Sportiellio who in the 2 ‘must deflect Lopez’s shot. Atalanta responds in the 11th minute when Zapata serves Pasalic, with Consigli who gets there by deflecting on the crossbar. Occasions on both sides make the competition quite exciting and open. At 17 ‘Traorè engages Sportiello with his foot, a minute later, Zapata puts in the middle for Hateboer, the home defense is saved with a little trouble.
Sassuolo grows: in the 21st minute Berardi’s goal is canceled due to an off-game position by the black-green player himself.
It is all regular action that brings Dionisi’s team the lead. Deadly restart of Sassuolo after a free kick by Atalanta. Berardi opens for Kyriakoupolos who flies to the left, the host defense is uncovered, perfect the assist of the Greek who fishes on the edge of the offside in the center of the area Traorè, who stops head-on and overtakes Sportiello with a volley.
Sassuolo insisted that two minutes later almost doubling again with Traorè whose shot, with the deviation of the goalkeeper, ended up on the post. Atalanta suffers as they struggle to contain the elaborate maneuver of the neroverdi. At 31 ‘another opportunity for the hosts: assist from Kyrakoupolos, head to the center of the area Chiriches calls Sportiello to the great save.
After the break, two changes for Atalanta with Zappacosta and Koopmeiners for Hateboer and Miranchuk. In Sassuolo there is Magnanelli in place of Henrique. Sassuolo insists and at 8 ‘Sportiello has to go out to close on Traorè. Gasperini also removes the former Boga rather in the shade by inserting Muriel. At 16 ‘the doubling: Traorè starts the ball and receives from Lopez, Demiral points and from the edge of the area he signs his seventh goal of the season with precision.
Atalanta does not give up, Muriel’s ring but Consiglio responds in its own way by deflecting. Sassuolo near the third goal with a new counterattack: Defrel from the edge of the area with a diagonal hits the second post of the day for the neroverdi.
In the final a few seconds from the end Muriel’s goal following a mistake by Ruan Tressoldi but that does not change the outcome of the match.