Saturday January 21, 2012 Day 19 Finished Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia

Atalanta 0 - 2 Juventus

  • Lichtsteiner 55’
  • Giaccherini 82’

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  1. Juve beat Atalanta to open four-point gap

    Juve beat Atalanta to open four-point gap

    Juventus remain unbeaten in Serie A this season after they beat Atalanta 2-0 in Bergamo to open up a four-point gap at the top of the table. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Atalanta
    • Juventus
    • 90+4' The final whistle goes, and Juventus are guaranteed to be top of Serie A at the halfway point of the season!
    • 90+2' Juve defend an Atalanta free-kick from the left efficiently.. They are just moments away from winning the 'Scudetto d’Inverno'.
    • 90' Four minutes of added time to be played.
    • 88' This win really puts the pressure on AC Milan to win tomorrow. Of course, they will be playing botto side Novara, so it shouldn't be too difficult.
    • 86' Juventus substitution: Leonardo Bonucci repalces Vucinic.
    • 85' Since 1997, Juve have now found the net in each of their meetings (18) with Atalanta.
    • 83' Giacherini scores his first Juventus goal since his summer move from Cesena.
    • 82' GOAL!! ATALANTA 0-2 JUVENTUS!! Marrone is the creator this time as he dinks a weighted pass through the middle and the substitute Giaccherini steers a lovely volley into the net!
    • 80' Great one-two inside the box between Marrone and Matri and the substitute's shot at the near post is saved by Consigli!
    • 79' Moralez floats in a pretty aimless cross and Buffon is off his line to claim it with authority.
    • 77' Atalanta substitution: Adriano Ferreira Pinto repalces Schelotto.
    • 76' Denis is again having his shirt tugged at a corner but somehow still manages to get an overhead kick on target!
    • 75' Alessandro del Piero is on the Juve bench. He scored one of his four Serie A hat-tricks against Atalanta in April 2008. Overall, Del Piero has bagged nine goals against Atalanta in the top-flight.
    • 73' Matri links up well with Vucinic on the edge of the box and he gets the return pass to shoot an effort at Consigli on the turn. It's just not happening for him this evening.
    • 71' Italain football writer Adam Digby (@Adz77) sums up that last substitution well on Twitter: "Pepe off, Marrone on. Another nail in the Meelosh coffin" ('Meelosh' of course being the mifiring Serb Milos Krasic).
    • 70' Juventus substitution: Luca Marrone replaces Pepe.
    • 69' Pepe will play no further part in this match as he is stretchered off down the tunnel.
    • 67' Atalanta substitution: Guido Marilungo replaces Bonaventura.
    • 66' Pepe limps off for more treatment. There didn;t appear to be any bad intent in Peluso's challenge.
    • 65' Pepe is receiving treatment on the pitch after being felled by a tackle from Peluso.
    • 63' Lichsteiner meets another crossifeld pass in the box. His first touch is heavy and he then goes to ground very easily after the slightest contact with Peluso. The referee looks away and play continues.
    • 61' Perri is caught in am uddle and Matri nicks the ball off him. The Italy striker bears down on goal and lifts the ball over the advancing Consigli... and just wide!
    • 59' Juve remain the only team still unbeaten amongst the top five European leagues.
    • 58' The corner is loped across the box from a header at the near post and Denis and Chiellini jump together... Cheillini does just enough to guide the ball away from Denis at the expense of another corner.
    • 57' Moralez leads another Atalanta break and slots the ball to Denis's feet. The Argentine striker's cross is blocked for a corner.
    • 55' The Swiss international's second goal for Juventus gives them a deserved lead.
    • 54' GOAL!! ATALANTA 0-1 JUVENTUS!! Wonderful play by Pirlo before he clips an excellent diagonal ball to the far post that is inch-perfect for Lichsteiner to beat Consigli with a diving header!
    • 53' So far ths half has not quite matched the excitement of the first. Both managers will have changed things around a little in order to tighten things up.
    • 51' Lichsteiner is the first Juventus player to go into the referee's book, again for dissent.
    • 50' Atalanta have lost their last two games 0-2; prior to that, they had remained unbeaten in the league for seven match-days.
    • 48' Juventus substitution: Emanuele Giaccherini repalced Marchisio at half-time.
    • 47' De Ceglie motors down the left and hits a low cross for Matri... Hit wide! Almost a carbon copy of the chance early in the frst half, just from the other flank.
    • 47' Good stat from Opta Paolo on Twitter: "Both Juventus & Atalanta have ended the 1st half 0-0 5 times in this Serie A campaign remaining always unbeaten in those games."
    • 46' The second half is underway in Bergamo!
    • 45+2' The whistle blows and a very entertainign first half somehow ends 0-0! Would be surprised if it remains the same at full-time.
    • 45+1' Pirlo's free-kick from the left is another good delivery but Atalanta get it away.
    • 45' Raimondi is the first player to get booked, for dissent after Peluso had hacked Pirlo down.
    • 44' another Atalanta counter sees Moralez dink the ball into the box and Denis meets it with a great volley and that flies wide of the far post! Denis got his leg up really high there to get his shot away despite being closely marked.
    • 43' Juve are stepping up the pressure now as half-time approaches. Atalanta have been at their mercy in their own final thrid but going forward have looked decent themselves.
    • 42' Vidal works the space for himself to line up a wonderful strike from 30 yards that dips and swerves and Consigli gets the slightest of touches to tip it on to the bar! Cracking strike from the Chilean and an excellent save from the Italian keeper!
    • 40' Great run down the right channel on the break from Pepe. He comes up against Manfredini and ghosts past him with a sidestep before he fires in a strike that Consigli palms away two-handed!
    • 39' This time Juve make the clearance well. Replays from the first corner there show Denis almost having his shirt tugged over his head! The officials did nothing there.
    • 38' Not De Ceglie is called into action at the other end as he tackles Schelotto at the expense of a corner. Andrea Barzagli puts it behind for another.
    • 37' This time Pirlo catches his delivery just right, whipped across the six-yard box and De Ceglie heads over the bar! The keeper should have been tested there.
    • 36' Thomas Manfredini leaps to block Pepe's cross and the ball strikes him on his arm. Free-kick again for Juve on the right...
    • 35' After a long delay, Pirlo's delivery is flicked on at the near post and Atalanta fail to clear, but Vucinic's eventual strike is always flying off target.
    • 33' Juve win another free-kick in an ideal position for Pirlo to whip it in, ont he right this time.
    • 31' Arturo Vidal makes a run forward and has options either side. He plays it to Pepe who cuts back and lines up a strike... Way over the bar!
    • 30' Juventus have picked up the victory in their last four trips to Bergamo, scoring two or more goals in each.
    • 29' Matri tiems his run well and latches on to a ball over the top only to see it saved by Consigli! The flag was up for offside against the Juve striker anyway.
    • 28' There are two Atalanta players who stray offside as the free-kick comes in, but the flag stays down. As it is, the ball flashes across the box and out of play.
    • 27' Matri's pressing of Schelotto forces the defender into hurying his clearance and Juve can build another attack. Now Atalanta win it back and break through Denis, who is fouled by Giorgio Chiellini. Good set piece opportunity here for the home side.
    • 26' Juve send plenty forward for another corner. Pirlo delivers it low for Vucinic to hit first time but the shot doesn't make its way through the bodies in the area.
    • 25' Pepe is brought down in the centre of midfield but somehow Atalanta end up with the free-kick. Good job that wasn't on the edge of the box!
    • 24' Since 1997, Juve have found the net in each of their meetings (17) with Atalanta.
    • 23' Somehow the shaven-headed Ferri has sustained a cut to the head in that passage of play. Atalanta down to 10 men while he gets his head patched up.
    • 22' The corner comes in and Michele Ferri attacks it with an overhead kick... Great agility from the defender but the shot trickles to Buffon.
    • 21' Moralez tries to chip a ball across goal from inside the box but Stephan Lichtsteiner blocks for a corner. Better from Atalanta here.
    • 20' Schelotto's hard work instigates another decent looking Atalanta counter down the right, but it comes to nothing this time.
    • 19' Marchisio feeds Paolo De Ceglie's run from left-back down the flank, but Schelotto tracks his run well and blocks the cross.
    • 18' Both teams seem intent on pressing their opponents without the ball. It's beeen a high-quality start to this match.
    • 17' Juventus are unbeaten in their last 13 Serie A meetings against Atalanta: the Nerazzurri’s last win was in February 2001 (2-1 at home).
    • 15' Steven Buhagiar has got in touch via Twitter @tony_mabert to say: "Juve need to start to finish with some quality... It isn't enough to get the ball into the box...Juve need to score!" - Plenty of time to go yet, Steven. If it continues like this then it won't be goalless for much longer!
    • 14' They do that right now as Maximiliano Moralez hares forward through the middle. He tries to square a pass inside the box but it runs behind Denis.
    • 13' Juve are palying like the home team at the moment, but Atalanta look well set up to attack on the break.
    • 12' From the corner Juve build patiently before Mirko Vucinic is fed in on the left and his strike is deflected wide of the near post!
    • 11' The set piece pings around the box before Matri's strike is tipped on to the post by Andrea Consigli! Juve getting closer.
    • 10' Juve win a free-kick in a central area some 40 yards from goal. Plenty of black-and-white shirts forward for this...
    • 9' Play is switched to Peluso who heads down the left flank. The cross is chested down for Giacomo Bonaventura to strike on the volley. It's struck into the ground and loops up into Gianluigi Buffon's arms! Great move from Atalanta.
    • 8' Marchisio wins the ball in midfield and Juve bear down on the Atalanta goal. Marchisio plays it right to Pepe who fires his low drive just wide of the far post!
    • 7' Ezequiel Schelotto motors down the right flank as he sees Padoin prepare to play a weighted pass down that side, but the ball is too heavy.
    • 6' Andrea Pirlo spreads the play wide to Pepe once more, but Federico Peluso robs him of the ball with a well-timed tackle.
    • 5' Should Juventus win this game, or even if they don’t and AC Milan fail to win their fixture, the Old Lady would top the Serie A table at the half-way stage of the season for the 25th time in their history.
    • 4' A cynical trip on Simone Padoin by Claudio Marchisio in midfield. Atalanta yet to have any significant attacking possession.
    • 3' Early chance for Juve! Simone Pepe gets down the right and fires in a low cross that Matri sidefoots over the bar!
    • 2' Atalanta's German Denis is second only to Antonio di Natale in the league's scoring charts this season with 12 goals. Juve's top scorer, Alessandro Matri, has seven in the league.
    • 1' Juventus kick off and we're underway in Bergamo!
    • 19:43 We're just moments away from kick-off in Bergamo. share your thoughts on this match with me during the game by getting in touch via Twitter @tony_mabert.
    • 19:40 His team may be top and unbeaten this season, but Juve boss Antonio Conte is not counting his chickens at this stage: "We are on an 18-match unbeaten run... In my opinion, after AC Milan, Inter are the best-equipped squad in the title race. They have the best team after Milan. Then there's Juventus and the other teams. There's also Udinese in the Scudetto race, and Lazio deserve to be considered as well, regardless of their loss against Siena, and Roma are still there, too."
    • 19:40 Atalanta have taken only one point from their last eight meetings against the Old Lady, but manager Stefano Colantuono remains confident that his team can spring a surprise: "They are not unbeatable. It is useless against these teams to defend all out, as sooner or later they will score. So you might as well try to win. But we will have to be perfect."
    • 19:35 A rare win in this fixture for Atalanta would send them up into the top half of the table ahead of the rest of the weekend's games. With Milan not playing until tomorrow, Juve could open up a four-point gap on the champions this evening if they can claim a win and extend their unbeaten campaign. Serie A table
    • 19:30 Atalanta (4-4-2): Consigli; Raimondi, Ferri, Manfredini, Peluso; Schelotto, Padoin, Cigarini, Bonaventura; Moralez, Denis /// Juventus (4-3-3): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Ceglie; Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio; Pepe, Matri, Vucinic.
    • 19:25 Welcome to eurosport's live coverage of the Serie A clash between Atalanta and Juventus at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia!
  • Summary

    • 82' GOAL!! ATALANTA 0-2 JUVENTUS!! Marrone is the creator this time as he dinks a weighted pass through the middle and the substitute Giaccherini steers a lovely volley into the net!
    • 80' Great one-two inside the box between Marrone and Matri and the substitute's shot at the near post is saved by Consigli!
    • 76' Denis is again having his shirt tugged at a corner but somehow still manages to get an overhead kick on target!
    • 61' Perri is caught in am uddle and Matri nicks the ball off him. The Italy striker bears down on goal and lifts the ball over the advancing Consigli... and just wide!
    • 54' GOAL!! ATALANTA 0-1 JUVENTUS!! Wonderful play by Pirlo before he clips an excellent diagonal ball to the far post that is inch-perfect for Lichsteiner to beat Consigli with a diving header!
    • 47' De Ceglie motors down the left and hits a low cross for Matri... Hit wide! Almost a carbon copy of the chance early in the frst half, just from the other flank.
    • 44' another Atalanta counter sees Moralez dink the ball into the box and Denis meets it with a great volley and that flies wide of the far post! Denis got his leg up really high there to get his shot away despite being closely marked.
    • 42' Vidal works the space for himself to line up a wonderful strike from 30 yards that dips and swerves and Consigli gets the slightest of touches to tip it on to the bar! Cracking strike from the Chilean and an excellent save from the Italian keeper!
    • 40' Great run down the right channel on the break from Pepe. He comes up against Manfredini and ghosts past him with a sidestep before he fires in a strike that Consigli palms away two-handed!
    • 37' This time Pirlo catches his delivery just right, whipped across the six-yard box and De Ceglie heads over the bar! The keeper should have been tested there.
    • 22' The corner comes in and Michele Ferri attacks it with an overhead kick... Great agility from the defender but the shot trickles to Buffon.
    • 11' The set piece pings around the box before Matri's strike is tipped on to the post by Andrea Consigli! Juve getting closer.
    • 9' Play is switched to Peluso who heads down the left flank. The cross is chested down for Giacomo Bonaventura to strike on the volley. It's struck into the ground and loops up into Gianluigi Buffon's arms! Great move from Atalanta.
    • 8' Marchisio wins the ball in midfield and Juve bear down on the Atalanta goal. Marchisio plays it right to Pepe who fires his low drive just wide of the far post!
    • 3' Early chance for Juve! Simone Pepe gets down the right and fires in a low cross that Matri sidefoots over the bar!
    • 19:30 Atalanta (4-4-2): Consigli; Raimondi, Ferri, Manfredini, Peluso; Schelotto, Padoin, Cigarini, Bonaventura; Moralez, Denis /// Juventus (4-3-3): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Ceglie; Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio; Pepe, Matri, Vucinic.

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  • Atalanta

    Manager: Stefano Colantuono

  • Juventus

    Manager: Antonio Conte

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