Atalanta hit Everton for five at Goodison Park

Atalanta scored a trio of late goals to beat Everton 5-1 in Thursday’s Europa League tie at Goodison Park.

Everton 1 Atalanta 5

  • Cristante scores twice
  • Robles saves Gomez penalty
  • Sandro pulls one back for Everton
  • Gosens and Cornelius (2) strike late on

Match Summary

Bryan Cristante got his first of the night early on after some industrious play from Timothy Castagne, which proved to be the only goal of the first half due to some wayward finishing from both sides.

Atalanta were awarded a penalty early in the second half, which Joel Robles denied Alejandro Gomez from scoring, only to concede just past the hour mark to Cristante’s second of the evening.

Sandro Ramirez pulled one back for the Toffees in the 71st minute and for a brief while it looked like there might be a comeback, only for Robin Gosens and Andreas Cornelius to kill the match off emphatically.

Full Report

A full-blooded start to the match was capped off with a 12th-minute opener from Bryan Cristante after Timothy Castagne had caused troubled down the right and sent a ball in that was half-cleared by Ashley Williams into the midfielder’s path.

Atalanta No.10 Alejandro Gomez had been causing the Toffees problems all night, but slipped in the middle of one attack in the 29th minute as the weather worsened at Goodison Park, just before Kevin Mirallas failed to finish down the other end and Sandro fired off-target on the rebound.

Tom Davies came close to scoring when his shot on the rebound had Albanian goalkeeper Etrit Berisha beaten only for Rafael Toloi to clear it off the line, while Berisha had to make one more save just before halftime when Mirallas got a sight at goal.

The second half started with Cristante getting caught by Williams to earn his side a penalty, but Joel Robles denied Gomez from the spot and on the rebound. Robles made another save when Gomez went for goal soon afterwards, but was beaten from the resulting corner only for Jonjoe Kenny to clear off the line.

The Italians did eventually get their second goal in the 64th minute, when a corner from Gomez was flicked in by Cristante.

Sandro Ramirez pulled one back for the Toffees in the 71st minute after Mirallas had picked him out from the right flank. Everton pushed for the equaliser, and Sandro almost had his second in the 83rd minute, only for Berisha to make another save.

However, Everton’s hopes of a comeback were shattered in the 86th minute when substitute Robin Gosens smashed home from the edge of the box after another Gomez corner was half-cleared into his smash.

A minute later and Andreas Cornelius made it 4-1, cutting inside past Morgan Feeney to put the match to bed before rubbing salt in the wounds with an added-time effort.