Anfield Goes Wild as Atalanta Pulls Off a Rocking 3-0 Win Against Liverpool!

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Visiting Atalanta shocked top favourites Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday in another major setback for Jürgen Klopp's men, while unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen marched on with a 2-0 win over West Ham United.

Gianluca Scamacca scored a 38th and 61st-minute brace, and Mario Pasalic wrapped up matter in the 83rd to put the Italians into pole position for a semi-final berth in their home leg next week.

Defeat for Liverpool came after they were held 2-2 by Manchester United on Sunday and lost the Premier League lead to Arsenal in a three-way title fight also involving title holders Manchester United.

"Obviously it's not great. A very, very disappointing evening. Too many individual mistakes and we got punished for it. It feels bad," Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk told TNT Sports.

"A very disappointing night for all of us but we can't dwell on it for too long. We need everyone to look forward to another big game. We have to switch back onto getting results.

Bundesliga champions-elect Bayer Leverkusen defeated Conference League winners West Ham from late goals by Jonas Hofmann and Victor Boniface who had both come on in the 76th.

Xabi Alonso's Leverkusen stretched their unbeaten run all season to 42 matches, of which they have won 37, and keep their treble chances alive. They can clinch a first Bundesliga title on Sunday and are also in the German Cup final.

"We knew we had to be patient against a deep defending opponent. We showed belief, quality and patience. The second goal was brutally important for next week," midfielder Granit Xhaka told broadcasters RTL.

In the other games, last year's finalists Roma drew first blood in an Italian duel with a 1-0 victory at AC Milan, and Benfica defeated Olympique Marseille 2-1.

Liverpool had a shaky start against Atalanta, and a took a huge early save from goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher to keep out Mario Pasalic at close range.

At the other end, Darwin Nunez fired wide when he should have done better, and Harvey Elliott's curling shot went against the crossbar.

Atalanta were undeterred and drew first blood in the 38th when Davide Zappacosta had too much space on the right wing, and Gianluca Scamacca converted his low cross into the near corner, with Kelleher not looking good.

Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai, Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson came on for the second half but it only got worse for the Reds when Scamacca struck again completely unmarked off Charles de Ketelaere just after the hour.

Teun Koopmeiners came close to a third which finally happened with seven minutes left from Pasalic in what could have been Klopp's last European match at Anfield ahead of his summer departure.

Atalanta had also won at Anfield, then empty owing to the coronavirus pandemic, in the 2020-21 group stage, a 2-0 scoreline after Liverpool had triumphed 5-0 in Bergamo, a big win they now need again.

Leverkusen started strongly against the Hammers whose goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski denied a backheeler from Patrik Schick and then Alejandro Grimaldo.

West Ham's Lucas Paqueta was lucky to escape with a booking after a challenge against Amine Adli, which however sees him suspended for the return leg, and he flirted with an early dismissal again two minutes later when he was too late against Florian Wirtz.

Fabianski was again on his guard against Schick's header, and against a dangerous Adli effort with a little help of the crossbar before Leverkusen finally broke through thanks to their substitutes.

Hofmann volleyed home in the 83rd in a post-corner scramble, and then crossed for Boniface to head the second at the far post in the first seconds of stoppage time.

Fabianski said the second goal hurt because it gives Leverkusen "a bit more confidence." But, having beaten Freiburg 5-0 at home after a 1-0 first leg defeat in Germany in the previous round, he vowed: "We won't give up. We have to believe and respond in the second leg."

Milan dominated the early stages against Roma but it was the visitors who took a 17th minute lead from Gianluca Mancini's header into the far corner, and they defended the slender lead until the end.

In Lisbon, Rafa Silva gave Benfica a 16th-minute lead, and veteran Angel di Maria made it 2-0 shortly after the restart in a one-two with David Neres. But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 67th kept Marseille in the tie.

At half-time, Benfica honoured their former coach Sven-Göran Erikssen who had led them to three national championships and into two European finals. Erikssen has revealed that he has terminal cancer.


  1. EmilyWrites92 says

    Could anyone explain the reasons behind Liverpool’s recent setbacks in the Europa League and the impact on their overall performance this season?

    1. Michael_Pressman84 says

      Hey EmilyWrites92, Liverpool’s recent struggles in the Europa League can be attributed to a combination of fatigue, inconsistent form of key players, and tactical errors by the coaching staff. The impact on their overall performance this season has been significant, as these setbacks have not only affected their confidence but also put their title aspirations at risk. It will be crucial for Klopp’s men to bounce back quickly and regain momentum to salvage their season.

  2. EmilySmith says

    Atalanta really impressed with a stunning 3-0 victory at Anfield! Gianluca Scamacca’s brace and Mario Pasalic’s goal secured a well-deserved win. Liverpool seems to be facing difficulties recently, but they shouldn’t lose hope. It was a tough night for them, but they have to bounce back stronger. The defeat against Atalanta serves as a wake-up call for Klopp’s men.

  3. Gina Smith says

    Wow, what a stunning performance by Atalanta! They really outplayed Liverpool in every aspect of the game. It’s clear that Atalanta is a force to be reckoned with in the Europa League. Can’t wait to see how they fare in the semi-final!

  4. AshleySmith says

    How did Atalanta manage to dominate Liverpool so convincingly? Was it due to tactical brilliance or Liverpool’s shortcomings?

    1. GabriellaJones says

      It was a combination of Atalanta’s tactical brilliance and Liverpool’s shortcomings. Atalanta’s high pressing and quick counterattacks caught Liverpool off guard, while Liverpool’s defensive errors and lack of sharpness in attack played a significant role in the convincing victory.

  5. Gina Thompson says

    Atalanta really impressed with their performance against Liverpool! It was a fantastic game to watch, and I think they deserve all the credit for their well-deserved victory. Looking forward to seeing them play in the next leg!

  6. EmilySmith87 says

    Atalanta really impressed with their amazing 3-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield! The visiting team completely outplayed the top favourites with their exceptional performance. The goals by Gianluca Scamacca and Mario Pasalic were absolutely brilliant. Liverpool’s recent disappointing results have put them in a tough spot, but they need to bounce back quickly and focus on upcoming matches. Kudos to Atalanta for their stellar win!

  7. EmilySmith88 says

    Wow, what an intense match! Atalanta really showed immense strength and skill to defeat Liverpool 3-0. It’s surprising to see Liverpool facing such a setback after recent stumbles. Let’s see how they bounce back from this in the next game.

  8. Julia89 says

    Well, that was quite a shocking match indeed! Atalanta really outplayed Liverpool with an impressive 3-0 win. It seems like Jürgen Klopp’s side is facing some tough challenges lately. Let’s see if they can bounce back in the next game!

  9. OliviaSmith says

    What an incredible performance by Atalanta! Liverpool seems to be facing some challenges lately, but they have the strength to bounce back. Looking forward to seeing how they respond in the upcoming games.

  10. EmilySmith92 says

    As a die-hard Liverpool fan, I can’t help but feel incredibly disappointed by this performance. The individual mistakes were costly, and we paid the price for it. We need to regroup quickly and focus on our upcoming matches. Hopefully, we can turn things around soon. YNWA!

  11. EmilyJohnson says

    I think Liverpool’s recent performances have been underwhelming, and they need to quickly bounce back from this defeat. Atalanta really displayed their strength with an impressive win at Anfield.

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