Atalanta, who are strong contenders for a Champions League spot, broke an unwanted record last night as they drew 0-0 against Empoli.
It was a very frustrating night at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia in Bergamo as the home side managed 47 (FORTY-SEVEN) attempts, with 18 of them being on target.
That’s an effort roughly every two minutes. Amazingly enough, the match ended in a goalless draw with Atalanta reminiscing every single chance they had to find the net.
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) April 15, 2019
Ever since attempts and shots on target stats started to be recorded in 2006-07, no team in Europe’s top five leagues have ever attempted more efforts to score and this does not include those teams who failed to score but in every single match irrespective of the final result.
One match which in comparison comes close to last night is when Real Madrid had 30 shots on target and scored 10 goals against Rayo Vallecano back in 2015.
Without any doubt, it was the Empoli shot stopper Bartłomiej Drągowski who was the hero for the struggling Tuscany side and got awarded with the man of the match at the end of the encounter.
He’s had 17 shots stopped, a new Serie A record for saves made, out of which six were sensational saves and which helped Empoli stay in the game.
— Atalanta B.C. (@Atalanta_BC) April 15, 2019
The Fiorentina loanee goalkeeper had 67 touches throughout the 90 minutes with only one teammate having had more for the away side.
The front three for Atalanta had a combined total of 24 shots with captain Alejandro Gomez having had four on target but all failed to find the net.
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.