In the most random game of the UEFA Champions League Matchday 4, Manchester City went to Italy to face Atalanta and ended up losing their 100% success in the European competition. This Wednesday at the San Siro Stadium, Pep Guardiola’s team drew 1-1 against Atalanta in a match that had a little bit of everything. A wasted pen by Gabriel Jesus, goalkeeper Ederson injured at half-time, substitute Claudio Bravo sent off, and Kyle Walker, a defender, experiencing being a goalkeeper for more than 10 minutes. Apart from that, Raheem Sterling scored for Man City and Pasalic leveled for Atalanta.
The visitors were dominant over the initial minutes and opened the scoring on seven minutes. Following a beautiful offensive plot, Jesus fed Sterling, who beat the goalkeeper to put the Cityzens ahead in Italy. 0-1.
Still, in the first half, City had a chance to extend their lead and go half-time with a two-goal cushion. Following a free-kick to Man City, the ball hit Ilicic’s hand inside the box. Penalty to City. Jesus was the one to step up, but the Brazilian striker missed it.
Goalkeeper Ederson had to be subbed off, as Bravo got into his place. And less than five minutes into the second half, Atalanta left everything the same on the scoreboard at San Siro. In a play from the left, Papu Gomez crossed perfectly to find Pasalic, who nodded home to equalize for Atalanta. 1-1.
Atalanta grew into the game and went on to grab the three points. They missed a lot of chances, and at one of those, Bravo was sent off due to a bad foul on Ilicic. As Guardiola had no keepers on the bench anymore, defender Kyle Walker got the job of guaranteeing the draw for the visitors. And he did well, as he could save a free-kick. Poor from Atalanta, who couldn’t explore and risk more from outside the box, as the match ended this way.