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Thursday February 25 2021
Atalanta lost the battle, not the war

Atalanta still have a chance to qualify for the Champions League last 16 stage and Richard Hall argues an angry La Dea can be an even bigger problem for Real Madrid.

When Ferland Mendy curled his shot into the net with his right foot, you could forgive Gian Piero Gasperini for thinking the Gods were against him.

Atalanta had gone down to 10 men early against Real Madrid in controversial circumstances, Duvan Zapata had limped off and now this.

However, when the dust settles, the side from Bergamo can look back at this clash against Zinedine Zidane’s side with pride and hope for the next leg.

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Thursday February 25 2021
Atalanta players support Freuler: 'Nothing to apologise for'

Atalanta players show support for apologetic Remo Freuler after the red card against Real Madrid on Wednesday. ‘Nothing to apologise for’.

The controversial red card after 18 minutes left Atalanta with 10 men against Los Blancos and the visitors eventually scored the winner towards the end.

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Thursday February 25 2021
Serie A Week 24 referees

The AIA has announced the referees for Serie A Week 24, with Marco Guida in charge when Roma host Milan on Sunday.

The 39-year-old has overseen 28 Milan games during his career as a referee and has in charge 21 times with Roma on the pitch.

Milan beat Roma 2-1 the last time Guida was in charge when the two clashed in 2018-19, without any cards or penalties given in the match.

Elsewhere, Fabio Maresca has been given Hellas Verona’s home game against Juventus, with Daniele Chiffi overseeing Inter-Genoa on Sunday.

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Thursday February 25 2021
Italian clubs complain about refereeing mistakes in the Champions League

Lazio, Juventus and Atalanta were all disappointed about decisive refereeing decisions going against their teams in the first legs of the last 16 in the Champions League.

Juventus lost 2-1 to FC Porto in Portugal, while Bayern Munich left Rome with a 4-1 win over Lazio in the first leg.

Last night, Atalanta lost 1-0 to Real Madrid and completed the Italians miserable start to the knockout stages of the competition.

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Thursday February 25 2021
'Atalanta robbed': Italy's papers react to Freuler red card

The Italian newspapers felt referee Tobias Stieler 'changed the game' when he sent Remo Freuler off in the first half of Atalanta vs. Real Madrid last night.

Atalanta trail Real Madrid by one goal after Tuesday’s first leg in Bergamo, as Ferland Mendy scored the winner towards the end.

But it was the first-half incident involving the French full-back that makes the headlines.

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Wednesday February 24 2021
Nacho hails 'defensive job' against 10-man Atalanta

Nacho maintains Real Madrid ‘did a very good defensive job’ against an Atalanta side down to 10 men for 73 minutes.

The Spaniards snatched a last-gasp victory through Ferland Mendy’s long-range strike in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie.

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Wednesday February 24 2021
Gasperini: 'This refereeing is football suicide'

Gian Piero Gasperini railed against refereeing in general after Atalanta went down to 10 against Real Madrid. ‘They’re trying to remove any contact, that’s suicide for the sport.’

The coach was understandably furious following a 1-0 home defeat in the Champions League Round of 16, as Remo Freuler was shown a straight red card after just 17 minutes.

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Wednesday February 24 2021
Zidane: 'It's still 50-50'

Zinedine Zidane insists the narrow 1-0 win over 10-man Atalanta does not make Real Madrid feel sure of Champions League qualification. ‘It’s still 50-50.’

His team was missing numerous players for this trip, but even then, failed to make much of a dent on an Atalanta side down to 10 men from the 17th minute for a very harsh red card on Remo Freuler.

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Wednesday February 24 2021
Pessina swapped shirts with Kroos

Matteo Pessina reveals he got to swap shirts with his idol Toni Kroos, but is still bitter that Atalanta were forced to play with 10 men against Real Madrid.

“It was a dream come true to play against Kroos, even though when you start playing, he becomes an opponent like any other. I managed to swap shirts with him at the end,” the midfielder told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday February 24 2021
Muriel: 'Atalanta can turn it around'

Luis Muriel feels Atalanta were ‘dealt an injustice’ with the red card, but believe they ‘can turn it around in the second leg’ with Real Madrid after a 1-0 home defeat.

La Dea held out for 86 minutes before conceding a Ferland Mendy strike from distance, despite having Remo Freuler harshly sent off just 17 minutes in.

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