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January 21, 2012
• Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo
Referee: D. Celi
• Attendance: 21000
S. Lichtsteiner 55'
E. Giaccherini 81'
90' + 4'
Chiellini once again clears the ball and the game is ended with a Denis foul in the box. Juventus are crowned winter champions thanks to this victory and condemn Atalanta to their third straight loss. Thank you for joining us here on Goal.com!
90' + 3'
The away side are content to just keep the ball now as they ride out the final minute of the match.
90' + 1'
The fourth official has added four minutes of added time, the first of which is spent camped out in front of the Atalanta box for Juventus.
Pirlo dummies a ball beautifully to let Matri run at it, but his first touch is heavy and sends the ball too far in front of him.
Marilungo fires a shot on goal but it's right at Buffon's waist and fails to test the keeper who easily collects it.
Chiellini and Gabbiadini collide in Juventus' box; the latter goes down but the challenge seems fair and no penalty is called.
Bonucci comes on for Vucinic and the message from Conte is clear: he wants his side to maintain their clear sheet.
Atalanta don't seem disheartened as they continue to surge forward in a last gasp effort.
Seven minutes left for Atalanta to score two goals and earn something from this game; it just ay be too late.
Assist Luca Marrone
Goal Emanuele Giaccherini
A FANTASTIC GOAL! Giaccherini finishes a beautiful move after Marrone chipped a ball in through the Atalanta defence. Giaccherini nudges it into the net with a superb mid-air volley, and Juventus are now 2-0 up!
Consigli dives low to make a superb save on Marrone's first time shot on net.
Moralez whips a cross in but Buffon is able to come off his line and easily collect it. The home side are going to need more creativity than that to get back in this.
Chiellini continues his dominant performance with yet another clearance as Atalanta crosses come flying in.
Pinto comes on for Schelotto as Colantuono rolls the dice in an effort to prevent his side's second home defeat this season.
Adriano Ferreira Pinto
Ferri is down again and rubbing his leg but he appears to be alright.
Very close from Atalanta! Chiellini just does enough to head the ball out and prevent Moralez's cross from causing damage. From the ensuing corner, Denis gets a shot on target but Buffon saves! The striker is looking for a penalty call as Chiellini was all over him before he fired his shot.
Vucinic cleverly lays the ball off for Matri but the striker once again fails to really test Consigli; his weak shot is directed straight at the keeper.
Lichtsteiner whips in a great cross but the whistle is blown as the ball was just over the line before he kicked it.
Atalanta are desperately trying to get back into the match but Juventus still seem rather comfortable as the game rolls into the last 20 minutes.
Pepe stretchered off the pitch as Marrone comes on for the injured player. Conte will be hoping it isn't too serious as the forward has proven to be an integral part to his side.
Peluso and Moralez combine well on the left to get a cross into the Juventus box, but the impervious Chiellini is able to nod it clear.
Yellow Card Guido Marilungo
Marilungo booked for a very high leg that struck Lichtsteiner as the fullback was clearing the ball.
Pepe is taken off the pitch for treatment and he looks to be in some pain. Conte may be forced to substitute him as Juventus are temporarily down to ten men.
Peluso goes down in front of Conte and now the Juventus coach is exchanging some words with the player due to his harsh challenge on Pepe moments earlier.
Lichtsteiner goes down in the box very easily and Manfredini is furious! No penalty is called nor a yellow given, however.
Matri misses again! He nips in and steals the ball from Ferri after the defender falls over. He races towards goals and tries to chip the onrushing Consigli but his effort goes wide! Unbelievable!
Vucinic tries to cut a pass wide from the edge of the box but his effort goes right to the opposition.
The home side are putting Juventus under some pressure but the away side are countering whenever possible. The play is getting stretched now as both sides continue to hunt for goals and it's practically end to end with every play.
Atalanta are furious after they believe they've earned another corner after their first seemed to be nodded out by Chiellini. The ref awards a goal-kick for Juventus initially but later changes his mind and awards the corner.
Atalanta try to equalize immediately but are unable to break into the Juventus box. Giaccherini tries a solo effort but Manfredini is able to stop him from getting closer to net.
Assist Andrea Pirlo
Goal Stephan Lichtsteiner
JUVENTUS FINALLY BREAK THE DEADLOCK! Pirlo plays in a superb lofted ball towards the far post, which Lichtsteiner is able to head in past Consigli! 1-0 to the visitors!
Peluso gets a header on target froma free-kick situation, and Buffon nearly fumbles it but is able to control it on the second try.
Yellow Card Stephan Lichtsteiner
Lichtsteiner is absolutely furious as he believes he earned a corner, but the replay shows that he kicked the ball out of play before bouncing it out off a defender.
Very poor pass from Giaccherini, who tries to find Lichtsteiner but instead passes the ball directly out for a Atalanta goal-kick.
Matri tries to turn provider but his pass in the box is cut out. Juventus are still on top but desperately need to fire shots on target.
De Ceglie races down the flank and plays another low cross to Matri but the striker once again slices it wide. It's seemingly not Matri's day as he's missed chance after chance.
Conte will have had quite a talking-to with his men, as he brings on Giaccherini for Marchisio for the second half. The second half begins with Atalanta in control but unable to make inroads to the Juventus goal.
45' + 1'
Pirlo's delivery at the far post is very good and it takes an outstretched Consigli to punch the ball away. That turns out to be the last major action of the game as the referee blows the whistle for halftime. Somehow, it's 0-0 in a game where Juventus should have scored several times!
Yellow Card Cristian Raimondi
Raimondi booked in the game's first caution after protesting too much when Juventus are awarded a free kick outside the Atalanta box. Pirlo once again stands over the ball, ready to deliver.
Atalanta nearly score against the run of play! Moralez chips in a fantastic ball into the box for Denis, who just gets his foot to it before kicking it just wide of the far post!
More shaky scenes in the Atalanta box and it takes two whiffs to clear the ball just as De Ceglie looked likely to pull the trigger.
Vidal unleashes a fantastic shot from 10 yards outside the box that beats Consigli and rattles the crossbar! Juventus simply cannot score at the moment but look increasingly closer to notching their first.
Conte's men are raining shots on goal now. Consigli easily picks up Marchisio's bouncing volley on target after some more good work from Pepe. Incredibly, the away side have yet to score despite their myriad of chances!
The second corner is cleared and Juve look to build from the back. Yet another awful pass gifts possession to Atalanta but Vidal atones for his error. Juve break quickly and Pepe gets a fantastic shot on target that Consigli dives to parry in the air!
It's end to end stuff now as Atalanta immediately earn a corner from De Ceglie's off-target header. Pepe heads it out for another corner.
From the chance, De Ceglie gets his head on Pirlo's ball but heads just over the crossbar!
Juventus have a free kick on the edge of the area after Pepe's cross struck Manfredini on the arm. Juventus were looking for a penalty but a spot kick outside the box is awarded instead.
Another free-kick for Juventus. Pirlo whips in his delivery from the right flank. Barzagli whiffs on the ball entirely before it bounces to Vucinic, who mis-kicks the ball and watches it go very wide.
A poor pass from Barzagli gifts possession to Atalanta and Schelotto promptly whips in a dangerous cross that Chiellini dives to head away.
Pepe, perhaps getting impatient with his teammates, attempts a solo effort from the edge of the box but his shot sails far over the goal.
Another chance for Juventus! It's Pepe again creating the occasion with his work on the wing. A poor clearance sees the ball fall to Matri who fails to bury his shot but the play is ruled out for offside in any case.
Barzagli makes a superb sliding clearance to prevent Manfredini from getting on the end of that set-piece.
Denis is fouled by Chiellini as the latter arrived late to the ball and knocked over the striker. Atalanta have a free kick now just outside the Juventus box.
The home side have all kinds of trouble dealing with a Juventus corner, and it's only after the away side's pass goes astray that Atalanta regain possession.
Atalanta earn a free kick after Pirlo's physical challenge near the halfway circle. It comes to little as the away side regain the ball nearly immediately after.
Consigli makes a solid parry on Lichtsteiner's cross into the box as Juventus look to take over the match again.
The ball falls for Peluso who tries an overhead kick but Buffon is able to collect it. Ferri is down and bleeding from his head as it seems Barzagli accidentally landed on him after an aerial challenge.
It takes a series of blocks for Juventus to clear danger in their own box, ending with Lichtsteiner's sliding challenge on Schelotto to give Atalanta a corner.
Buffon makes a comfortable save after Chiellini's clearance isn't booted far enough. Atalanta are beginning to grow in the game and are taking the battle to Juventus now.
The midfield has become increasingly sloppy as neither side can seem to keep hold of the ball at the moment. De Ceglie wins a deep throw in after his cross is blocked by Schelotto.
Vucinic takes down Cigarini in the midfield, for which a free-kick is given to the home side.
Play has slowed somewhat after a frantic opening fifteen minutes where the away side had numerous chances to go in front. However the home side have look threatening as the capitalize on poor passing- something that Conte's men must be more careful about.
From the edge of the box Schelotto whips in a deep cross for Denis but it's overhit and goes over everyone in the box.
Atalanta nearly make the away side pay for their profligacy. Pouncing on a poor pass deep in the midfield, Morales races forward and tries to find Schelotto in Juventus' box. The latter fouls De Ceglie as he tries to get the ball and Conte's men are given a reprieve as the whistle is blown for a foul.
And yet another chance goes begging! De Ceglie now gets the ball from the corner routine and tries an acrobatic volley but his shot goes wide of the far post.
Juventus maintain possession from the ensuing corner. Pirlo lofts the ball over the defence for the onside Vucinic and the former Roma player draws a superb save from the goalie to deny the away side their first goal!
Padoin takes down Marchisio outside the home side's box. Pirlo stands over the ball, about 30 yards out, and plays it short. Juventus try a training move routine as slick passes get the ball to Matri's feet. The striker lashes at it but it bounces off the post!
Pirlo plays a very long ball forward for Vucinic but Peluso is able to rise and head it out. The home side break quickly. Denis gets the ball in the box, chests it down but the ensuing bouncing shot is saved by Buffon!
Another chance goes begging! Marchisio does very well to steal the ball deep in Atalanta's area and sprays it wide for Pepe. The winger races into the box and takes the shot but it whizzes past the far post!
Schelotto tries to race onto the end of a through ball played in behind the Juventus defence but he's unable to reach it before it rolls out.
The away side's turn to counter, now. Once again the team relies on Pepe to race down the left but Peluso reads his movement and slides in to retrieve possession, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Marchisio commits the first foul of the match on Padoin after Matri loses the ball on the edge of the home side's box. Juventus look comfortable in possession and Atalanta seem content to let the have the lion's share of it before trying to hit them on the counter so far.
Pepe slots a superb low cross into the box for Matri, but the striker side-foots the shot over the bar from mere yards out! That was a real chance for Juventus and the striker will be kicking himself for failing to score.
And we have kickoff! Juventus are playing in their usual black and white kit whereas Atalanta are decked in black and blue. The away side look to control the match early on with some slick passing but a slack pass from Vidal gifts possession back to Atalanta.
As the two teams walk onto the pitch, there is one more battle to consider: the race for Capocannoniere. German Denis has 12 goals this season, just one behind current leader Toto Di Natale, but Matri and Marchisio aren't far behind on seven and six respectively.
The game has all the markings of an intriguing match. No side besides Milan this season have been able to win away at Atalanta. However, Conte himself will be looking for revenge against the side he coached in the 2009-2010 season before being sacked.
Juventus can look to the likes of Borriello, Del Piero, and Krasic on their bench whereas Atalanta can call upon the Italian youth international Gabbiadini on theirs. Juventus: Storari, Bonucci, Marrone, Krasic, Giaccherini, Del Piero, Borriello. Atalanta: Frezzolini, Stendardo, Gabbiadini, Ferreira Pinto, Minotti, Marilungo, Tiribocchi
As for the visitors, Conte has made a single change from last week's side as Chiellini returns from suspension to take his place as a centreback. The usual trio of Pepe-Matri-Vucinic start up top. Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, De Ceglie; Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio; Pepe, Matri, Vucinic.
The lineups have been announced. The home side must deal with the losses of Bellini and Capelli as well as the banned duo of Lucchini and Carmona. : Consigli; Raimondi, Ferri, Manfredini, Peluso; Schelotto, Cigarini, Padoin, Bonaventura; Moralez, Denis
Juventus are entering the match in better form, coming off a 1-1 tie at home to Cagliari following a 1-0 win away at Lecce. Atalanta are coming off of two successive defeats against Milan at home and Lazio away. Conte's men will look to prolong their suffering in order to secure three points and maintain their lead at the top of the standings.
The two teams may be separated by 18 points and 14 spots in the league, but Antonio Conte's men do share one similarity with Stefano Colantuono's: drawing matches. The two sides are tied for leading the league in draws with eight each. Juventus have drawn five of their nine away matches whereas Atalanta have drawn four of their nine home games.
Welcome to Goal.com's match coverage of Atalanta-Juventus! The unbeaten league leaders are on the road tonight against one of Serie A's surprise packages; without the six point deduction handed to Atalanta for the betting scandal that swept Italy, the side would be sitting in eighth.
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