Barrow ends goal drought

Gambia striker Musa Barrow brought an end to his eight months goalless drought at the weekend after he found the back of the net for the first time this season in Atalanta’s 2-1 home win over Genoa.

The 20-year-old, who had gone 21 league matches without finding his scoring boots, guided Atalanta to take another big step towards their first UEFA Champions League participation with their win lifting them to third in Serie A and extended their unbeaten run to eleven league matches.

The Scorpions international broke through immediately after being substituted on at the break beating Ionut Radu at the far post before Belgian Timothy Castagne wrapped up the victory seven minutes later.

Barrow, a former Hawks FC forward, was delighted to have finally gotten off the scoring mark and praised his team’s effort.

“I want to thank God for this day when my first goal of the season came. My teammates helped me at this time when everything went wrong for me. Every time the team needs me, I’m there. Now we have to win every game,” he said in his post-match remarks.

“I’m happy to have entered and to have scored. Right now we have to continue with this form that we have now, play our game. My teammates and I are ready. We have to think about one game at a time and now we have to think about the (Coppa Italia) final against Lazio. Then we’ll think about Juventus and Sassuolo, playing our game to win.”

Barrow now has five goals this season, with four of those strikes coming in the UEFA Europa League.

The Gambian will hope to add to his tally against Lazio and league leaders Juventus on Wednesday and Sunday respectively.