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Serie A

Milan Dent Atalanta's Title Chance

Serie A

Result: AC Milan 1-1 Atalanta

Date: 24 July 2020

Venue: San Siro

Atalanta missed the chance to move within three points of Serie A leaders Juventus after dropping points at AC Milan on Friday night.

The Rossoneri made four changes, as they were without the suspended Theo Hernandez and Ismael Bennacer, the injured Alessio Romagnoli and the absent Andrea Conti while Atalanta had to play without head coach Gian Piero Gasperini on the touchline due to suspension.

Milan had a bright start, as Hakan Calhanoglu opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a stunning diagonal free-kick from outside the box, that looped over goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini and sailed into the far corner of the net.

Atalanta received a lifeline to get back into the game in the 24th minute after the referee awarded a penalty for Matteo Gabbia's challenge Ruslan Malinovskiy, who stepped up but saw his spot-kick saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

However, the visitors finally levelled matters 11 minutes before the break as a deflection from Remo Freuler's shot fell into the path of Duvan Zapata, who made no mistake from close range.

Gasperini's troops almost went to the break the lead, putting pressure on the Milan defence in numbers as Freuler got to the end of loose ball on the stroke of half-time but his shot was saved by Donnarumma.

After a slow start to the second half, Stefano Pioli needed fresh legs on the hour-mark with a triple substitution, as Rafael Leao came on for Ante Rebic, Calhanoglu made way for Giacomo Bonaventura and Rade Krunic replaced Lucas Biglia.

Milan were playing on a counter-attack in the last quarter of an hour and Bonaventura came close to giving them the lead after receiving a pass on the edge of the box but his low shot hit the base of the post.

The tempo of the match was slowing down in the closing minutes, with neither side struggling to maintain momentum going forward although Atalanta were more desperate to snatch the winner but the Rossoneri held on to frustrate them to a share of the spoils.

Gasperini's charges were left five points behind leaders Juventus in second place, having played a match more while Milan were stuck in sixth place.

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