After the offensive festival of Inter Milan against Bologna (6-1), the fourth day of Serie A continued this Saturday at 8:45 p.m. with an unbalanced poster on paper. At the Stadio Arechi, the Salernitana of Franck Ribéry, red lantern at the kickoff with three defeats in as many games, received Atalanta Bergamo, author of a contrasted start to the season (one victory, one draw and one defeat). With the ambition to raise its head, the Salerno club led by Fabrizio Castori presented itself in 3-4-3 with Ribéry as conductor. Opposite, the Dea advanced in the same tactical scheme as their evening opponent with the presence of Duvan Zapata at the forefront of the attack.
In a relatively balanced encounter, Robin Gosens, scorer against Villareal in the Champions League last Tuesday, was close to opening the scoring but the Granata clung to the draw. Displaying an increasingly attractive face over the minutes, Ribery’s teammates took advantage of the shyness displayed by the Bergamo club despite a possession to their advantage (60%). In the absence of the former Bavarian star, released at half-time, the Salernitana even thought to open the scoring but Joel Obi’s strike finally hit the post of Juan Musso (69th). Dominated in this second act, the Nerazzurri would finally punish the last promoted from Serie A thanks to a goal from the inevitable Duvan Zapata (1-0, 75th). Thanks to this victory (1-0), Atalanta goes back to 7th place before receiving Sassuolo next Tuesday. For its part, the nightmare continues for the Salernitana which chains a fourth consecutive defeat before the reception of Hellas Verona during the 5th day of Serie A.
The complete Serie A standings
The official line-ups at the kick-off
The XI of Salernitana
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The XI of Atalanta Bergamo
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