The Young Boys lose the second match in the Champions League group stage. The Bernese are defeated by 0: 1 after a long, well-managed but ultimately unsuccessful defensive battle.
It couldn’t go well for the entire season. After the break the pressure from Atalanta got bigger and bigger. The Young Boys could hardly free themselves from their grip and lost the ball while trying to get active themselves, getting closer and closer to their own penalty area. In the 68th minute, a successful dribble by Duvan Zapata against Sandro Lauper provided the preparatory work for Matteo Pessina’s winning goal.
«We are leaving Bergamo with our heads held high. Atalanta was the more active team, but my team defended actively. We could certainly have had more calm in our game. “
Nothing went for the Young Boys like they did against Manchester United two weeks ago: They could hardly play or act at all. Until the goal they were conceded, they were constantly busy defending, running into spaces and running after the ball. They didn’t have time to launch an attack because Atalanta put pressure on immediately after losing the ball.
For one half, the Bernese coped remarkably well with the playing style of the Bergamasque. They defended skillfully, always had a player who could intervene if Atalanta had gained a small advantage in the attacking game. Before the break, there were hardly any dangerous situations to survive for the Swiss champions. An own goal by Sandro Lauper after 17 minutes was canceled due to a previous offside from the VAR.
“In the end we played faster and deserved to win. We had a little longer today to crack the bolt. “
Elia’s scoring chance
The few liberation actions by the Bernese before the break became even rarer in the second half. Too seldom have they been able to launch an attack properly. If a couple of passes were made in a row, it was in a safe zone for Atalanta. Offensively, YB managed almost nothing. After the 0: 1, a shot by Christopher Martins, which flew over the gate, was the most dangerous action in Bern.
«We defended well and in solidarity. You can’t prevent everything. But we weren’t quite as good with the ball. “
Martins was also at the origin of the only real chance to score: The Luxembourgish captured the ball in the 28th minute and launched Meschack Elia with a perfect pass into the depths. The swirling striker shot past the goal from a good position. A hit at this point might have led to a different scenario.
The parades of von Ballmoos
The almost 10,000 spectators in the stadium, which was only half full due to the corona measures, had meanwhile become very quiet during the first half because their team’s attacks did not have the desired effect. But Atalanta never let up, putting YB under constant pressure until the hit fell.
The result could then have been clearer. Von Ballmoos was the strongest from Bern. The captain parried a conclusion from Zapata after only five minutes and was decisive several times after the break. In the front, Elia, who replaced the injured Christian Fassnacht on the right flank, was the only one who repeatedly brought the Atalanta defense into trouble with his speed.
The conclusion of the second appearance of the Bernese in the Champions League is less inspiring than that of the first. But what YB also proved in Bergamo: David Wagner’s team is hard to beat, even if almost nothing goes offensive.
For the first away win in the Champions League – in 2018/2019, the Bernese lost at Juventus Turin, Valencia and Manchester United – YB has to wait even after the fourth attempt. The next international appearance is back at home in just under three weeks against the Europa League winner Villarreal. (abu / sda)
Atalanta Bergamo – Young Boys 1:0 (0:0)
9800 spectators. – SR Brych (GER).
Tor: 68. Pessina 1:0.
Atalanta: Musso, Toloi, Demiral, Djimsiti; Zappacosta (90. Pezzella), De Roon, Freuler (90. Koopmeiners), Gosens (11. Maehle); Pessina (75. Pasalic); Malinowski (75. Muriel), Zapata.
Young Boys: from Ballmoos; Hefti (82nd Maceiras), Camara, Lauper, Garcia; Aebischer (82nd minstrel), Martins, Sierro (69th Mambimbi); Elia (66th Rieder), Moumi Ngamaleu; Siebatcheu (66th Kanga).
Remarks: Young Boys without Fassnacht, Lustenberger, Monteiro, Nsame, Petignat, Zbinden and Zesiger. Atalanta without Hateboer (injured). 17th Lauper own goal canceled by VAR due to offside.
Warnings: 65.Sierro (foul). 89. Zappacosta (unsportsmanlike conduct). (abu / sda)