Atalanta Played Out A Real Life FIFA Game Last Night
Last night, Serie A side Atalanta experienced what we've all had to contend with on Football Manager or FIFA when they had a ridiculous 47 shots and still failed to score against Empoli.
Gian Piero Gasperini's side are vying for a spot in next season's Champions League and had the chance to draw level on points with AC Milan in fourth if they won.
They dominated throughout, mustering a crazy 18 shots on target compared to the one Empoli managed in Bergamo, but drew a blank for the second game on the trot.
47 shots.- MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) April 16, 2019
18 on target.
Oh Atalanta, mates. pic.twitter.com/tmt2XuNhui
Atalanta 0-0 Empoli FT:- Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 16, 2019
Shots on target: 18-1
Chances created: 38-1
Atalanta are all of us on FIFA as they are unable to score after attempting 47 shots and creating 38 chances. pic.twitter.com/F6y7i7s6Kh
It's been recorded that Atalanta had 47 shots on goal last night in their 0-0 draw with Empoli...- Geordie Tipster (@TheGeordieTips) April 16, 2019
They've claimed a new record for the most shots without scoring by any side in Europe's tip five leagues!
5.9 - #AtalantaEmpoli has been the only seasonal game in the top-5 European Leagues with an Expected Goals value greater than five (5.9) and no goals scored (min two goals in all the others). Analysis. pic.twitter.com/y0xjiolRRn- OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) April 16, 2019
Alejandro Gomez had a total of nine goalscoring efforts, Josip Ilicic took eight shots, while Duvan Zapata, who has notched 20 goals in Serie A this season, had seven.
Visiting goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski was extremely busy, making a staggering 17 saves in the game - the most in a Serie A game since Opta started collecting data and the most in the top five European leagues this term.
17 - Bartlomiej Dragowski :flag_pl: made 17 saves against Atalanta yesterday, the highest tally in a single game in the Top 5 European leagues since Opta collects full data (2006/07). Unbeatable :open_hands:. pic.twitter.com/Teb1KgTd2Z- OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 16, 2019
It wasn't as if they were all routine saves from distance as well, the 21-year old Polish shot-stopper made 11 saves from shots inside the box - including an absolute worldie to deny Hans Hateboer in the second half.
Check out the highlights (specifically Dragowski's display) here: