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December 22, 2013
• Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo
Referee: D. Celi
• Attendance: 20140
M. Moralez 15'
C. Tévez 6'
P. Pogba 46'
A. Vidal 79'
That's it from me, bye for now.
Juve made their superiority count in the end. After Pogba's go ahead goal in the second half, they never looked in trouble. The goals have come from four different sources, and arguably their four most important players this season. Juve stay top, and have won nine straight now.
90' + 2'
That's full time folks.
90' + 1'
Juve are only the second team to win at Atalanta this season.
We've got two minutes of stoppage time to wrap this one up.
Raimondi, who has had a decent game despite the scoreline, makes way for Kone.
Moussa Saib Kone
All the life has been taken out of the game as Juve pass the opposition into oblivion.
Juve will approach the break in full confidence - the best thing they could have hoped for, as their next match out of the gates is the visit of Roma to Turin.
Atalanta would like nothing more than to have this game finish early. In truth, the writing was on the wall for them a long time ago.
Assist Stephan Lichtsteiner
Goal Arturo Vidal
Juve heading into the break in some style! Lichsteiner whips in the cross, and Vidal is on hand to slam home!
VIDAL ADDS THE FOURTH!
Sixteen goals between the Juve pair Llorente and Tevez. Throw in the goalscoring threat from Vidal and Pogba, and Juve are a test for any side on the continent.
Assist Giorgio Chiellini
Goal Fernando Llorente
Chiellini bursts forward excellently from the back, and spreads a pass into the path of Llorente. The Spanish striker checks back onto his right foot, and finishes superbly. Game over.
LLORENTE WRAPS IT UP!
Not there. Tevez takes it, but can't get it up and down in time.
Yellow Card Giulio Migliaccio
Very dangerous free kick for Juve right on the edge of the box. Vidal, Pogba and Tevez are eying this with some interest...
A lovely flicked pass over the top from Vidal frees Tevez on goal. He spots Llorente making the central run, but under pressure from Stendardo, he's unable to make contact with the ball.
Cristiano Del Grosso
Llorente nearly runs perfectly onto a ball from Pogba, but he has to check his run, and instead cuts the ball back to Marchisio. The latter unleashes a ferocious volley from the top of the box, but it flies well over.
Denis, who has not been a factor at all in this game, is barged in the back by Barzagli, earning the Juve man a yellow card.
Yellow Card Andrea Barzagli
Lichtsteiner is pushing really high up the flanks, getting into a few enticing crossing positions. Only recently are Juve starting to utilize that outlet.
A flowing Juve move from back to front nearly sees Llorente lay off a perfect pass for Tevez inside the box, but Raimondi cuts across the defensive line to poke the ball away from danger.
Juve heading for a ninth straight win as it stands. Still over half an hour to go, but Atalanta have not shown enough in the first hour to suggest that they can add to Moralez's goal.
Pogba takes aim from 20 yards, but with the fans holding their breath, he misses the target comfortably in the end.
LLORENTE! The big Spaniard just tries to be more agile than his body will allow, skipping past one challenge but failing to keep up with the ball, allowing the defence to clear inside the box!
The fans starting to get on the home team's back as they fail to get the ball forward in any sort of menacing way. It remains to be seen where the attacking threat will come from.
Atalanta have won back possession, but, much like the first half, are struggling to attack in anything more than isolated bursts.
Juve are first to every 50-50 ball now, and have the visitors on the ropes a little. Not the start that Atalanta had in mind! Can they come back from a goal down for the second time today?
Assist Fernando Llorente
Goal Paul Pogba
Wasn't the greatest of crosses from Asamoah on the left hand side, but Llorente gets a touch on it, and Pogba slots in neatly at the near post!
POGBA MAKES IT 2-!!
Here we go then. Second half is underway.
A real ho hum game so far in Bergamo. Tevez's opener was quickly pegged back by Moralez, and both sides have not really created enough to suggest that there will be more than a goal in this by the end. Stay tuned for the restart in just a bit.
45' + 1'
After only a minute of added time, the referee signals for the break.
Pogba with a shooting opportunity from long distance - not his first of the day I might add. However, he misses the target once more. Story of the game, really.
Atalanta survive a deadly Juve break, as Tevez shakes off the challenge of Stendardo to go one-on-one with Consigli, but the Atalanta keeper manages to force him wide of the goal, wide enough so that he can't pick his spot!
The half is somewhat petering out, to be honest. Juve are having most of the ball in the last few exchanges, but their attack seems very static, with Tevez and Llorente rooted to predictable positions up front.
Pogba spots Lichtsteiner in position at the back post and tries to pick him out with a looping, curling cross, but it's taken care of by Migliaccio.
Tevez has rode a couple of rough challenges today, and refuses to be shaken by another belter from Cigarini, who came in late. No retribution other than a foul from the referee.
Still finely poised here, as Marchisio sends another one off target. Both sides have had strong spells, but neither have dominated for long.
Lot of blocked shots today, and Pogba is the latest to be thwarted as Stendaro charges down his effort from the top of the box.
CONSIGLI! Important fingertip save from the keeper prevents Tevez from deftly kissing in a go ahead goal from close range!
Carmona is the next Atalanta player to have a pop on goal, and he doesn't miss by much! Buffon looked to have his 18-yarder covered though.
Yellow Card Paul Pogba
Pogba becomes the first player in the book after flattening Moralez near the Juve box.
Cigarini drives in towards goal, and nearly opens up space for himself to have a go. Chiellini is out just in time to block his shot! Important piece of defending because Cigarini had adopted a great position!
Carlos Carmona has a good position out wide to get a cross in, and spots Buffon struggling to adapt his position, but the ball is very disappointing, going miles over the top.
Pogba comes within inches of getting Juve back ahead after he hits the woodwork, but the play is chalked off for a foul on Raimondi.
Juve attempting to respond almost right away! Llorente flicks a header down for Tevez to attack, but the Argentine skies the effort. The former than goes on the offensive himself, planting a header on Marchisio's cross, but it misses the mark as well.
STAT ATTACK: That was the first goal conceded by Juve in 744 minutes of football. A glitch in the system or just a temporary slip up?
Assist Giacomo Bonaventura
Goal Maximiliano Moralez
Moralez levels the scores! Bonaventura puts it on a plate for him, drilling towards the far post where Moralez does the rest, beating Buffon! 1-1!
Atalanta growing back into this one now. They are using their full backs on the overlap to attack Asamoah and Lichtsteiner, and Juve looking a tad rattled!
The game getting broken up now as the midfield scrap takes centre stage. The referee is forced to use his whistle more than once to call a few fouls that have disrupted the pace of proceedings.
Brivio's peach of a cross almost serves it up on a platter for Bonaventure, but Asamoah is there in full force to intercept and get the ball away from danger.
Goal Carlos Tévez
The Argentine gets a touch of fortune as his shot from the edge of the box takes a deflection off a defender, but it seemed well placed, and Consigli was struggling to get across! It nestles into the bottom corner as Juve break the deadlock!
TEVEZ! JUVE AHEAD!
Marchisio absolutely whacked in his midriff following a challenge for a loose ball. He's grimacing, but looks to be ok. Juve meanwhile have a dangerous free kick to test the opposition with.
Here we go!
It's an utterly expected lineup from Juve, with not a hair out of place. Buffon in goal, BBC at the back, MVP in the middle and Tevez and Llorente up front. Hey, if it ain't broke, then...you know.
So Atalanta, 14th in the Serie A table, welcome the two-time defending champs for the final Serie A round of 2013. It's a contrast in fortunes and form for both sides, with the hosts winless in their last four league games, while Juve have romped to a five point lead at the summit after taking full points from their past eight fixtures.
JUVENTUS: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pogba, Marchisio, Asamoah, Tevez, Llorente.
ATALANTA: Consigli; Raimondi, Migliaccio, Stendardo, Del Grosso; Bonaventura, Cigarini, Carmona, Brivio; Moralez, Denis.
First, let's take a look at our teams, shall we?
Good afternoon guys and girls and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Serie A clash between Atalanta and Juventus at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia. My name is Keeghann Sinanan and I am your designated scribe for today's Italian-flavoured action.
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