UEFA Champions League: Duvan Zapata Nets Two as Atalanta Recovers to Draw 2-2 vs Ajax

Duvan Zapata (Photo Credit: AP)

Duvan Zapata (Photo Credit: AP)

UEFA Champions League 2020-21: Duvan Zapata scored as Atalanta rally to a 2-2 draw at Ajax.

Duvan Zapata scored a quick-fire double to help Atalanta rally to a 2-2 draw at home to Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday. Duan Tadi had converted a penalty and Lassina Traor was again on target to give Ajax a 2-0 halftime lead before Atalanta fought back after the break with two goals in six minutes.

Atalanta slipped to second in Group D, two points behind Liverpool after the Premier League champion beat Midtjylland 2-0. Ajax is a further three points further back.

Atalanta was a surprise quarterfinalist last season, in its first-ever season in the Champions League, and it beat Midtjylland 4-0 last week.

The hosts were playing their first Champions League match in Bergamo. Atalanta had played at San Siro in Milan last season while its Gewiss Stadium was being renovated. No fans were allowed in Tuesday after new restrictions were introduced in Italy this week because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Atalanta had lost its last two Serie A matches while Ajax had made headlines on Saturday with a record 13-0 win in the Dutch league, with Traore scoring five.

Atalanta gifted Ajax the opener on the half-hour as Robin Gosens attempted a clearance and instead caught Traore in the chest. Tadi fired the resulting penalty into the bottom right corner.

The hosts were also at fault for the second, eight minutes later, as goalkeeper Marco Sportiello could only fumble at a cross and Traore tapped it in from close range.

Atalanta pulled one back nine minutes after the break when a shot was deflected into the path of Alejandro Papu Gmez and he crossed back in for Zapata to head in at the back post.

Zapata doubled his tally six minutes later, running onto a good ball by Mario Paali and blasting it past Ajax goalkeeper Andr Onana.

Zapata has scored five goals in 10 Champions League matches.

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