Press on BVB: “The end result is a knife cut”

REGGIO NELL’EMILIA, ITALY – FEBRUARY 22: Josip Ilicic of Atalanta BC shows his dejection during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Atalanta and Borussia Dortmund at the Mapei Stadium – Citta’ del Tricolore on February 22, 2018 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

After the Europa League out of the Italian representatives SSC Naples and Atalanta Bergamo, the local press mourns the missed chances afterwards. The votes at a glance.

Atalanta Bergamo – Borussia Dortmund 1: 1 (1: 0)

Gazzetta dello Sport: “The end result is a knife-edge, but it does not destroy the beauty of this game.” Atalanta is a lively, intelligent and generous side that impresses with their performance against Borussia, dominated by the Lombards, who are always dangerous Borussia defenders lose their orientation, Atalanta takes a step towards the big goal, but fails with his dreams “.

Corriere dello Sport: “The only mistake made by Atalanta Bergamo is the Europa League, with the Lombards paying a high price for Berisha’s mistake as the race for this spectacular, but also naïve and immature side has come to an end But all that has been sown by coach Gasperini will not be lost, the race in the Europa League is over, but not Atalanta’s road to success. ”

La Repubblica: “Two Bundesliga clubs sink two Italian clubs in the Europa League on a single evening, and it’s a shame for Atalanta, a poor, tall and competitive team, to leave the Europa League after a competitive match, the only mistake made by the Lombards not to have made it 2: 0 then everything would have been different “.

Corriere della Sera: “Borussia Dortmund end the European ride Atalantas, in a duel Borussia is smarter, but no stronger than the Lombards The pressure of Atalanta on the opponents increases, the players work on scoring chances, but do not make the breakthrough -Schlag puts Schmelzer, who exploits a mistake of Berisha Atalanta’s European dreams sink in the rain “.

La Stampa: “Atalanta’s fairy tale lacks the happy ending, the Lombards hope for a masterpiece, but the team crashes into Borussia’s defense as the Atalanta Tifosi weep bitterly.”

RB Leipzig – SSC Napoli 0: 2 (0: 1)

Gazzetta dello Sport: “Napoli almost made it Great performance in Leipzig The team of Maurizio Sarri fights until the last minute, the pressure on the Leipzig is great, but the 2: 0 is not enough to get ahead in the Europa League. Now it’s time to concentrate on the championship. ”

Corriere dello Sport: “Great game on an evening full of bitterness and melancholy for Naples, Napoli plays at a high level and dominates the field for one and a half hours – a devilishly exciting match that is not enough to keep the Europa League dream alive hold”.

La Repubblica: “After the match against Leipzig, nobody will be able to accuse SSC Napoli of spurning the Europa League, but it is too late, the Leipzig defend their first leg advantage with their hands and feet, and Sarri’s troops say goodbye with pride and joy under the applause of the fans of the Europa League “.

Corriere della Sera: “Sarri is using the regulars to return their dignity to SSC Napoli for the away game against Leipzig, but the high-caliber squad is not enough to compensate for the weak performance of last week.” Naples presses on the accelerator and hopes the miracle, the performance is noteworthy, but the result is not enough, the mistakes from the first leg are paid dearly. ”

La Stampa: “The Neapolitans shine in Leipzig, but too late, two goals and nothing in the hand: A heavy but useless victory in Germany gives Naples the pride, but not the Europa League.”

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