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A fantastic goalless match for Empoli!

FLORENCE, ITALY - DECEMBER 13: Bartlomiej Dragowski of ACF Fiorentina reacts during the Tim Cup match between ACF Fiorentina and UC Sampdoria at Stadio Artemio Franchi on December 13, 2017 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
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During the game, Empoli’s goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski broke the Italian Lega Serie A saves record to keep a clean sheet.

Some people say a goalless match is never exciting, but those people clearly couldn’t imagine watching a game like today’s 0-0 draw between Empoli and Atalanta in the Italian Lega Serie A.

During the match, Empoli’s goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski managed to break the league’s record for most saves in one match with 17.

And he also managed to keep his goal unbeaten, a truly great afternoon for the keeper.

“We are happy with the result, especially as we had to work really hard and suffer to bring the point home,” said Empoli boss Aurelio Andreazzoli to Football Italia.

“Dragowski certainly did well and we were unable to take advantage when Atalanta started to tire, as we were forced into all three substitutions by injuries.”

“It would’ve been excessive to take all three points in the circumstances, but it might’ve made up for some other performances where we deserved more,” he added.

“I am worried by the fitness levels of many of my players, but we emerge from this game feeling stronger. Hopefully, it’s nothing serious for Diego Farias or Dimitris Nikolaou.”

“A point doesn’t change our position in the table by much, but it does give a sense of consistency and confidence.”

Meanwhile, Atalanta’s coach Gian Piero Gasperini was not very happy: “We have regrets over the result, but were also very unlucky.”

“After the first 10 minutes, we’d already had a couple of clear chances. Nights like this can happen when you don’t finish it off. We already experienced it earlier this season against FC Copenhagen.”

“In any case, we picked up a point and that allows us to keep clear of the teams behind us in the table. The squad is in good shape and we’ll try to fight for Europe over the remaining six games,” he concluded.