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Everton F.C started the UEFA Europa League Group stage with a humiliating loss against Atalanta B.C. at Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia.
After 26 years, Atalanta celebrated their first European match with an impressive 3-0 home victory in Group E. Thanks to the goals from Andrea Masiello, Alejandro Gomez and Bryan Cristante.
The three goals by Atalanta came in the first half over the Toffees and Everton manager Ronald Koeman blamed himself with the defeat in Italy. (Check 12BET for more Football Betting Tips)
“I need to criticize myself because the team were not prepared for this tonight and that’s a question to myself. Our ball position was poor but most painful was in the first half. They showed more aggression, they showed more passion. That’s really painful because it starts with that and then you need quality on the ball. We can play bad football, we can miss chances, but the commitment and passion Atalanta showed in the first half was much bigger than we showed.” Koeman said
Atalanta was playing their first game in Europe since losing to Inter Milan in the 1991 UEFA Cup quarterfinals.
The Goddess is now up to face Olympique Lyonnais while Everton is set to host Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park on September 29, Friday.