"We were facing a leading opponent for the championship. In the second half we saw a good team, with better attitude and greater conviction, the draw would have been deserved, even if Atalanta had their opportunities. We were not perfect; we lack a bit of brilliance but it's in these moments that you can see the true strength of a group. We certainly have problems realizing the chances we have, the numbers and the ability to take advantage of the opportunities we create say so. We are trying to find solutions in the offensive line and in the midfield, we must believe in what we do and on which we work, there are no other recipes than being convinced of their qualities and technical characteristics. We know that we can and must have a better ranking. We look at it, we don't like it and it's up to us to improve it. Now we are there and we are fighting for ours goal. Let’s watch game after game, starting with the next one at Ascoli. The motivations must be found within ourselves, in the team spirit that we have seen even today, even in the most complicated moments. We were good at getting out of the initial problems, this season and even now we have to come together to show that we are worth very different results and ranking".
Home defeat for the U19 managed by Alessandro Agostini, who faces an Atalanta able to take advantage of the few opportunities granted by Cagliari. The 0-2 was scored few minutes after a great save by the neroazzurri's goalkeeper, who had avoided the 1-1.
UNLUCKY FIRST HALF
Agostini confirms the choices of the last match: Desogus and Contini on the bench, Kouda and Del Pupo next to Conti in the midfield, out an injured Kourfalidis. Offensive line with Luvumbo, Masala and Matteo Tramoni. Four defenders (Iovu, Cusumano, Michelotti) led by captain Boccia on the right, the goalkeeper is Ciocci. Slow rhythms for the first 25 minutes. Luvumbo has a good chance in the half hour, then Ciocci saves on Sidibe in the 37th minute. Atalanta's 0-1 comes from a corner: Kobacki touch the ball with his head and Rosa hits a fine shot into the back of the net frome close range. Cagliari reacts, but doesn't find concrete chances by going to the locker room under a goal.
CAGLIARI TRIES, ATALANTA PUNISHES
The second half is immediately more lively than the first one: in the 49th minute Sidibe has a chance to double the lead, while at 52' Cagliari's defender Michelotti shaves the post of the goal with a left-handed diagonal. Two minutes later it's Ciocci again who saved on Cortinovis. Cagliari completely changes the offensive line with Lisandru Tramoni, Desogus and Contini and it's the latter that in the 75th minute has a good opportunity from the close range. But it's still Contini who at 83' has a big chance on his right after an illuminating assist from Desogus: the goalkeeper Dajcar makes a miracle save. The rossoblù experienced the harsh law of the "miss a goal, let-in a goal" and trhee minutes later Renault doubles the lead concluding a nice counterattack. The doubling breaks the legs of Cagliari, which fails in the hard mission to recover the double disadvantage in the final minutes, leaving the Sardegna Arena with a defeat.