MATCH REPORT: ATALANTA 1-0 JUVENTUS

Another disappointing match once again.


A late deflected Ruslan Malinovskyi strike gave Atalanta the points in this showdown for third place and their first Serie A win over Juventus since 2001.


Only one point separated these teams in third and fourth going into the weekend, but Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t make the trip due to a muscular issue, with Federico Bernardeschi suffering from COVID, so Paulo Dybala had to start. Cristian Romero was suspended and Hans Hateboer injured, though Matteo Pessina returned after his spell with Coronavirus. The pressure was largely on the Bianconeri, who ran the real risk of missing out on the Champions League.


Luis Muriel went down under pressure from fellow Colombian Juan Cuadrado in the opening minutes, while Robin Gosens made a decisive block on Cuadrado and Pessina combined with Muriel to see his shot deflected wide by Matthijs de Ligt.

Juventus really should’ve taken the lead on 34 minutes when Federico Chiesa caught Joakim Maehle napping in the box and set up Alvaro Morata, but the Spaniard took one too many touches, tried to dink it over Pierluigi Gollini and Berat Djimsiti was able to clear off the line.


Maehle got another decisive block in on Chiesa from a Cuadrado pull-back. Muriel’s curler flashed wide, but Chiesa pulled up with a muscular problem and had to come off.


Duvan Zapata’s diving header was inches wide from a Josip Ilicic cross, while Morata saw his volley on a Dejan

Kulusevski cross palmed round the near post.


Malinovskyi came off the bench and made the difference, as he has done many times recently for La Dea. His free-kick from an improbably long distance still forced a tough save from Szczesny, but the move continued and Malinovskyi thumped it again from the edge of the box, a deflection off Alex Sandro wrong-footing the goalkeeper.


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