Date: 3rd October 2021 at 10:57pm
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recorded a huge 3-2 victory over Atalanta at the Gewiss Stadium on Sunday, as they proved their credentials as early challengers for the Serie A title.

The were ahead within the opening 30 seconds when broke clear to score from a Theo Hernandez through ball straight from kick off, and doubled the lead before half-time.

Victory was sealed late on with a rapid counterattack, allowing Hernandez to turn provider once more and set up Leao for a fine finish. Atalanta fought back through a penalty and Mario Pasalic scored in stoppage time, to set up a nervy finale.

Player ratings:

Maignan 6.5; Calabria 7, Kjaer 7, Tomori 6.5, Theo Hernandez 7.5 (’80 Ballo-Toure N/A); Tonali 8 (’80 Bennacer 6), Kessie 6.5; Saelemaekers 6, 6 (’74 Junior Messias 6), Leao 7.5 (’90 Pellegri N/A); Rebic 6.5

Player of the match:

The young Italian midfielder pulled off a crucial early block to prevent a certain Malinovskyi goal at 1-0, before showing great awareness to rob Freuler of the ball and break clear to drill further ahead. An excellent display from the increasingly influential youngster.