Atalanta fail to score with 47 shots in 0-0 draw with Empoli

Published on: 15 April 2019

Duvan Zapata could not add to his 20 Serie A goals this season, no matter how hard he tried

Frustrating is not a strong enough word for an Atalanta side who broke an unwanted record in a remarkable goalless Serie A draw with Empoli.

The Champions League qualification chasers managed 47 (FORTY SEVEN) shots, 18 of which were on target... and drew 0-0. That's an effort roughly every two minutes.

No team in Europe's top five leagues have ever attempted more efforts, and shots on target, in a game since those stats were first recorded in 2006-07. That's not just teams who have failed to score; that's in every single game.

For comparison, Real Madrid scored 10 goals from 30 shots in a 2015 La Liga game.

Empoli's 21-year-old goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski was the hero with 17 saves - including at least six top-quality stops. The Pole, on loan from Fiorentina, had 67 touches. Only one team-mate had more.

Alejandro Gomez wasted the most chances for Atalanta, with nine shots - four on target - all failing to find the net. Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata - the league's third-highest scorer - had eight and seven respectively.

Empoli had three shots, including two in the first six minutes, but remain in the relegation zone. AC Milan, who remain fourth and two points above Atalanta, just might owe Dragowski a drink.

Bartlomiej Dragowski's heat map (top) and Atalanta's shots (bottom)

    Line-ups Match Stats Live Text

Line-ups

Atalanta

    95Gollini

    23Mancini

    6PalominoBooked at 19mins

    5Masiello

    33Hateboer

    15de Roon

    11Freuler

    8GosensSubstituted forCastagneat 60'minutes

    10GómezSubstituted forPiccoliat 88'minutes

    72Ilicic

    91ZapataSubstituted forBarrowat 81'minutes

Substitutes

    1Berisha

    7Reca

    17Piccoli

    19Djimsiti

    21Castagne

    22Pessina

    31Rossi

    41Ibañez da Silva

    44Kulusevski

    88Pasalic

    99Barrow

Empoli

    69Dragowski

    5VeseliBooked at 61mins

    43NikolaouSubstituted forRasmussenat 79'minutes

    39Dell'OrcoBooked at 29mins

    2Di Lorenzo

    8Traore

    10BennacerBooked at 45mins

    33Krunic

    13AntonelliSubstituted forPasqualat 14'minutes

    11Caputo

    17FariasSubstituted forOberlinat 41'minutes

Substitutes

    1Provedel

    4Brighi

    7Mchedlidze

    18Acquah

    21Perucchini

    23Pasqual

    28Capezzi

    32Rasmussen

    37Oberlin

Referee:

Gianluca Manganiello

Match Stats

Home TeamAtalantaAway TeamEmpoli

Possession

Home62%

Away38%

Shots

Home47

Away3

Shots on Target

Home18

Away1

Corners

Home9

Away3

Fouls

Home6

Away11

Live Text

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Match ends, Atalanta 0, Empoli 0.

Full TimePosted at 90'+4'

Second Half ends, Atalanta 0, Empoli 0.

Posted at 90'+4'

Attempt missed. Musa Barrow (Atalanta) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marten de Roon following a corner.

Posted at 90'+4'

Attempt blocked. Marten de Roon (Atalanta) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Posted at 90'+4'

Corner, Atalanta. Conceded by Cristian Dell'Orco.

Posted at 90'+4'

Attempt blocked. Roberto Piccoli (Atalanta) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Musa Barrow.

Posted at 90'+3'

Attempt saved. Musa Barrow (Atalanta) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Timothy Castagne.

Posted at 90'+3'

Josip Ilicic (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at 90'+3'

Foul by Manuel Pasqual (Empoli).

Posted at 90'+2'

Offside, Empoli. Francesco Caputo tries a through ball, but Dimitri Oberlin is caught offside.

Posted at 90'+2'

Attempt saved. Josip Ilicic (Atalanta) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hans Hateboer.

Posted at 90'+1'

Offside, Empoli. Giovanni Di Lorenzo tries a through ball, but Hamed Junior Traore is caught offside.

Posted at 90'

Attempt saved. Gianluca Mancini (Atalanta) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Musa Barrow.

Posted at 90'

Attempt missed. Musa Barrow (Atalanta) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Remo Freuler following a corner.

Posted at 90'

Corner, Atalanta. Conceded by Frederic Veseli.

Posted at 89'

Corner, Atalanta. Conceded by Bartlomiej Dragowski.

Posted at 89'

Attempt saved. Josip Ilicic (Atalanta) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marten de Roon.

SubstitutionPosted at 88'

Substitution, Atalanta. Roberto Piccoli replaces Alejandro Gómez.

Posted at 87'

Foul by Gianluca Mancini (Atalanta).

Posted at 87'

Francesco Caputo (Empoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 85'

Attempt missed. Josip Ilicic (Atalanta) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Posted at 85'

Remo Freuler (Atalanta) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 85'

Foul by Hamed Junior Traore (Empoli).

Posted at 85'

Attempt saved. Hans Hateboer (Atalanta) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Timothy Castagne with a cross.

Posted at 83'

Attempt saved. Alejandro Gómez (Atalanta) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Remo Freuler.

Posted at 83'

José Luis Palomino (Atalanta) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 83'

Foul by Dimitri Oberlin (Empoli).

Posted at 83'

Attempt missed. Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Empoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

SubstitutionPosted at 81'

Substitution, Atalanta. Musa Barrow replaces Duván Zapata.

Posted at 80'

Attempt missed. Alejandro Gómez (Atalanta) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Hans Hateboer.

Posted at 80'

Attempt blocked. Timothy Castagne (Atalanta) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

SubstitutionPosted at 79'

Substitution, Empoli. Jacob Rasmussen replaces Dimitris Nikolaou because of an injury.

Posted at 79'

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Posted at 79'

Delay in match Dimitris Nikolaou (Empoli) because of an injury.

Posted at 78'

Corner, Atalanta. Conceded by Cristian Dell'Orco.

Posted at 76'

Attempt blocked. Duván Zapata (Atalanta) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hans Hateboer with a headed pass.

Posted at 76'

Attempt blocked. Timothy Castagne (Atalanta) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hans Hateboer with a cross.

Posted at 73'

Attempt missed. Gianluca Mancini (Atalanta) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Duván Zapata following a set piece situation.

Posted at 72'

Timothy Castagne (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at 72'

Foul by Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Empoli).

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Source: bbc.com

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