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Started by Bensergi, Oct 02, 2017, 01:41 AM

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Atalanta vs Juventus

After a tough start for Atalanta, they have now bounced back with two wins and two draws in their last four league matches. They are also stirring things up in the Europa League, notching up a win and draw so far. Juventus may have started with a perfect six wins out of six but you get the sense they have yet to move in to top gear. Deadball specialist Miralem Pjanic joined Benedikt Howededs, Marko Pjaca, Claudio Marchisio and Mattia De Sciglio in the treatment room, but that shouldn't worry Max Allegri, who can recall Stephan Lichsteiner, Medhi Benatia and Gonzalo Higuain back to the fold. Higuain has been dropped for two games in a row, but he reminded everyone of his existence by opening the scoring in the 2-0 Champions League win over Olympiakos, and help set up the second for Mario Mandzukic.

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Match Stats:

  • Atalanta 2-2 Juventus
  • Shots: 6-16
  • Possession: 45%-55%
  • Corner kicks: 0-3


Juventus' 100 per cent start to the Serie A season was snapped by a battling Atalanta side who came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against the champions.

A roller-coaster ride at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia featured four goals and a pair of contentious VAR decisions as either side felt aggrieved by reviews made by referee Antonio Damato.

Federico Bernardeschi, making his first start for Juventus, opened the scoring for the visitors in the 21st minute, before supplying the assist for Gonzalo Higuain to make it 2-0 three minutes later.

Atalanta's fightback started when Mattia Caldara - on loan from Juventus - pulled a goal back shortly after the half-hour mark and at 2-1, Juventus had a Mario Mandzukic goal cancelled out following Stephan Lichtsteiner's foul on Alejandro Gomez.

The comeback was completed by Bryan Cristante, who scored the pick of the goals with a pinpoint second-half header, but Atalanta's efforts looked to have fallen short when Juve were given a controversial penalty late on for an Andrea Petagna handball, upheld on review.

But Etrit Berisha, at fault for the game's opening goal, denied Paulo Dybala from the spot to leave Massimiliano Allegri's side trailing the faultless Napoli at the top of the table.

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