Juventus Came From 1 Behind To Thump Musa Barrow’s Atalanta 1-3

Juventus Came From 1 Behind To Thump Musa Barrow’s Atalanta 1-3

The Bianco neri came from 1 behind to beat Atalanta in a four goales thriller, Juve beat Atalanta 1-3 away from home.

Atalanta took a thoroughly deserved lead , but Juventus rallied with a late comeback to win, la Dea avoided defeat in three meetings with Juve last season, including a 3-0 Coppa Italia quarter-final triumph, but haven’t beaten them in Serie A since 2001.

Josip Ilicic and Ruslan Malinovskyi were suspended, with Duvan Zapata still injured and Luis Muriel not at 100 per cent, so Musa Barrow got his first start of the season. 

The champions were without Cristiano Ronaldo, with Alex Sandro and Giorgio Chiellini out of action.

Musa Barrow lost a penalty in the 17 minutes of the game after his penalty struck the cross-bar, Atalanta were awarded a penalty after seeing Papu Gomez’s flick intercepted by Sami Khedira’s arm. 

The host continued to mount pressure on juve calling on Wojciech Szczesny to make some spectacular saves on a number of occassions. Atalanta continued to pour forward, Matthijs de Ligt twice intercepting dangerous Gomez crosses for Pasalic and Barrow. The 21-year-old had time and space to use his speed against defenders, but instead snatched at the shot from a long way out, making it easy for Szczesny.

It was goaless in the first period of the game, Atalanta continued to pour forward after the break, Matthijs de Ligt twice intercepting dangerous Gomez crosses for Pasalic and Barrow. The 21-year-old had time and space to use his speed against defenders, but instead snatched at the shot from a long way out, making it easy for Szczesny.

The hosts finally took a deserved lead on 56 minutes, as Barrow was struggling badly with his finishing, but floated a great cross to the back stick for unmarked Robin Gosens to nod in.

Juventus did equalise with a chaotic move. Douglas Costa wreaked havoc, Jose Luis Palomino’s clearance hit Higuain, who managed to spin round and his shot took a deflection off Rafael Toloi to wrong-foot Gollini. It was Pipita’s 10th Serie A goal against Atalanta in eight different games.

Muriel stung Szczesny’s gloves from distance, while there was an on-field VAR review for another potential handball. This time, Emre Can had his arm in front of his face and it was deflected off his shin first, so the referee ruled against a spot-kick.

Moments later, Juventus took the lead amid more controversy. Cuadrado landed with his hand on the ball during a sliding tackle in the build-up to the goal, then the Colombian pulled back from the by-line for Higuain to fire in from 10 yards. Atalanta were furious and demanded an on-field review, but the VAR officials could not intervene, as both teams played the ball before that move developed into a goal.

Dybala rounded out his excellent performance with a solo goal in stoppages. La Joya got away on the counter and shimmied past defenders to slide his finish into the near bottom corner through the tiniest of gaps.

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