Atalanta Secures Europa League Spot with Dominant 5-2 Win Against Monza
Atalanta concluded their 2022-23 Serie A season in fifth place and secured a spot in the Europa League for the following season. Their emphatic 5-2 victory over Monza at the Joyce Stadium in Bergamo sealed their European qualification in a thrilling encounter.
Early Opportunities and Koopmeiners’ Opener:
The game started with Kobemainers creating the first chance in the fourth minute, but his shot from a corner went wide. Monza responded with a Koopmeiners shot, brilliantly saved by Sportiello in the 7th minute. However, it was Koopmeiners himself who broke the deadlock in the 12th minute, heading the ball into the net from Mæhle’s pass.
Twists and Turns:
Højlund had a chance to equalize for Monza in the 26th minute, but his attempt was saved by Di Gregorio. Moments later, Monza threatened with shots from Colpani and Carlos Augusto, both denied by Sportillo. Just before halftime, Koopmeiners doubled Atalanta’s lead in stoppage time, capitalizing on a quick throw from Mæhle after Di Gregorio’s save.
Monza’s Response and Atalanta’s Domination:
Monza pulled one back in the 51st minute with an impressive strike from Colbany. Atalanta came close to adding a third when Koopmeiners headed a cross for Hauglund, who narrowly missed the target. In the 70th minute, Monza was reduced to 10 men as Marlon received a red card shortly after coming on. Koopmeiners continued his stellar performance by scoring his third goal in the 74th minute, extending Atalanta’s lead to 3-1. He then produced a goal that would go down in history, striking an exquisite long-range shot from midfield to make it 4-1.
Late Goals and a Resounding Victory:
Despite Petagna pulling one back for Monza, Atalanta maintained their dominance. Substitute Rossi and Di Nipote made an impact off the bench, and Muriel sealed the score with Atalanta’s fifth goal in the 92nd minute, assisted by Lookman.
Atalanta’s convincing 5-2 win over Monza secured their place in the Europa League for the upcoming season. The team displayed their attacking prowess and determination, with Koopmeiners stealing the show with a remarkable performance, scoring four of Atalanta’s five goals. This victory marks a significant achievement for Atalanta and sets the stage for their European campaign in the coming season.