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September 27, 2014
• Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, Bergamo
Referee: D. Orsato
• Attendance: 22074
C. Tévez 35', 59'
Álvaro Morata 83'
I am Alex Moretto and I would like to thank you all for letting me into your lives for the past two hours. Good bye!
FULL TIME: ATALANTA 0-3 JUVENTUS. A Carlos Tevez brace plus a first Bianconeri goal for Alvaro Morata secured all three points for the visitors and continued their perfect start to the season. Gianluigi Buffon's penalty save kept Juventus' clean sheet streak in tact, with the side having not conceded a goal through their first six competitive matches of the season.
90' + 4'
That will do it! The referee blows his final whistle and we have reached the end of the match, with the visitors securing all three points!
90' + 2'
Juventus wind the final minutes off the clock with their passing looking crisp as ever. Chiellini wins a foul and that will take us into the final two minutes here in Bergano.
Four minutes to be added on...
Lichtsteiner has really come to life in this second half. He beats a man along the right and then gets taken down to win a free kick. The ensuing delivery is good and Pogba gets on the end of it, but is called for a foul after climbing over the back of Benalouane.
The final minutes are running off the clock now with both teams content to see this one out. Juventus have made all three substitutions in the hopes of giving some key players a rest ahead of their Champions League match this week.
STAT ATTACK: Juventus have won all five of their competitive matches this season and have yet to concede, a goal. They are five minutes away from extending that streak to six games.
The Spaniard makes a lovely run into the area to get on the end of Pereyra's cross, heading past Sportiello and effectively securing all three points for the visitors!
MORATA OPENS HIS JUVENTUS ACCOUNT!
One thing the hosts have managed to do incredibly well is limit the amount of touches Marchisio and Bonucci have on the ball. Those two are important central figures for Juventus, and with them seeing less of the ball, it has hampered their ability to keep possession late on and see this one out with ease.
Atalanta continue to press and have men committed forward. They work it to the left, but Boakye takes his eye off the pass and lets the ball roll out of play. Careless, that, from the striker, and it earns him a bit of a tongue lashing from the home supporters.
CLOSE TO A CONSOLATION GOAL! Salvatore Molina does well to control a ball just inside the penalty area, before throwing his leg at the ball. He makes fantastic contact, but it sails just over. Great chance and wonderful individual effort from the substitute.
Free kick to the hosts in a dangerous position along the right. They will wait to take it as they bring striker Rolando Bianchi into the match with their final substitution. The free kick is finally taken, but the delivery is poor and Juventus can clear. The new man for Atalanta tries to win the ball back but commits a foul.
Yellow CardPatrice Evra
Yellow CardSalvatore Molina
STAT ATTACK: Juventus have won eight consecutive matches against Atalanta and are unbeaten in their last 14.
TEVEZ NEARLY HAS A THIRD! A bouncing ball is played into the area and falls kindly for the Argentine. He lashes at it and makes decent contact, but his effort is straight at Sporiello.
Second change in as many minutes for Juventus, who bring on Roberto Pereyra for Vidal. Allegri's men, in typical Juve fashion, are passing it around quite nicely, playing keep away with their opponents.
IMPORTANT BLOCK! Tevez takes a pass in the area and looks to bag his hat trick. He waits a second too long to get a shot off, however, as Biava manages to get in front to block it. The visitors will make their first change of the match, as Llorente gives way to Alvaro Morata.
Juventus keep possession well in midfield, and Atalanta are beginning to grow a bit in frustration. Meanwhile, the hosts make their second switch of the match as Braselli gives way to Luca Cigarini.
The extremely vocal Stefano Colantuono urges his side to get back into this game from the touch line. He has been on his feet, screaming for the majority of the match and has already received a warning from the referee. There is no malice in his shouts, however, he is simply preaching to his players.
Slight delay here at Evra goes down after being on the receiving end of a tough challenge. The training staff is out to attend, although he look to only have picked up a bit of a bruise.
Penalty saveGianluigi Buffon
Missed PenaltyGermán Denis
Chiellini takes down Denis in the area, although the ball looked to be running out of play. The Argentine takes the penalty, but Buffon gets down to his left to make the save!
The Argentine takes a pass at the top of the box, looks up and makes no mistake, slotting home past Sportiello at the near post. Wonderful finish by Tevez and a real back-breaking goal for Atalanta who no more than 30 seconds ago thought they were level!
AND JUST LIKE THAT TEVEZ MAKES IT 2-0 JUVENTUS!
GERMAN DENIS SEES HIS PENALTY SAVED BY BUFFON!
Yellow CardGiorgio Chiellini
ATALANTA WIN A PENALTY!
Lichtsteiner has looked increasingly threatening down the right. He finds space and cuts the ball back for Llorente, but Baselli manages to intercept and put the ball out for a throw.
Atalanta have looked rather toothless going forward. The defending for Juventus has been far too straightforward. Boakye and Denis have seen little of the ball, which has much to do with their unwillingness to make runs off the ball.
STAT ATTACK: Juventus have won 11 consecutive Serie A matches, while keeping a staggering 10 clean sheets.
JUST OVER! The visitors pass it around well in midfield and are finding too much space that Atalanta cannot afford to give. Vidal takes a pass and charges forward, unleashing a promising shot, but it cannons over the bar.
The visitors threatening right from the start. Lichtsteiner and Llorente work a give-and-go, but the return pass is sent behind for a corner. The delivery is poor, but it results in a second corner. This one is played short, but the return pass is called back for an offside.
Juventus kick off as we get this second half underway! No changes to tell you about at the break, which is welcome news for Angelo Ogbonna, who seems alright to continue.
The players slowly make their way back out onto the pitch as the half time interval reaches its end.
HALF TIME: ATALANTA 0-1 JUVENTUS. A very lively Carlos Tevez has the visitors in front at the break, as they look to extend their perfect start to the season. The hosts got off to a lively start, but Juventus has since settled in, taking the game to Atalanta as the game progressed.
45' + 2'
Ogbonna makes his way off under his own power, but does seem to be laboring a bit. Gomez takes a pass for the hosts and cuts towards the centre. He tries to catch Buffon at the near post, but his feeble attempt rolls wide as the first half comes to an end.
45' + 1'
Scary moment for Juventus as Angelo Ogbonna goes down in significant pain after a harmless looking play. The referee called straight for the trainer, so we will see if he can continue as the stretcher makes its way onto the field.
Two minutes of time to be added on signaled by the referee, as Llorente wins Juventus a corner.
Atalanta's eagerness to get forward is still very much alive, but Juventus have tightened up significantly at the back. There is little space for the hosts to move the ball around and they have even less time to make a pass.
NEARLY A SECOND! Horrendous defending by Zappacosta who sends his clearance directly to Tevez. The Argentine crosses in for Pogba, who mishits his shot. It works out alright for Juventus, however, as his sliced effort sails towards Llorente at the far post, but he sends his header wide.
Pogba wins a ball well in his own half and starts Juventus on a break. The Frenchman races forward and takes a pass at the top of the area. He threads a ball in for Llorente who turns and fires, but his shot rolls safely into the hands of Sportiello.
STAT ATTACK: Atalanta's 11 home victories last season were bettered only by the top three teams – Napoli (13), Roma (15) and Juventus (19).
Lichtsteiner races into the area from the right and draws the goalie to him. He just manages to poke a ball across for Llorente who is taken down, but Tevez is there to tap home.
TEVEZ FINALLY GETS THE OPENING GOAL!
GLORIOUS CHANCE TO TAKE THE LEAD! Juventus work it around brilliantly atop the area. Marchisio and Llorente link up, with the Spaniard picking out Vidal on the left. The Chilean whips a menacing ball across the face of goal, but neither Tevez nor Pogba manage to get the vital touch on it before it is finally cleared.
Marchisio is shown the second yellow of the match for a tackle on Baselli. The Atalanta midfielder has done a wonderful job holding the ball up and taking on defenders, winning this the third free kick of the match for his team.
Yellow CardClaudio Marchisio
WHAT A DISASTER THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN! Marchisio sprints to his left to get on the end of an errant pass. He beats the defender and crosses in for Tevez, who strikes towards goal. Sportiello looks to make a straightforward stop, but spills the ball a la Robert Green, but thankfully for him, onto the post, before he manages to collect.
Boakye does so well to get back and dispossess Marchisio at the top of the area. He starts Atalanta forward, but the give it right back. Vidal picks out Tevez - the Argentine forward cuts onto his right and fires towards goal, but it falls safely into the arms of Sportiello.
Atalanta come close again! A giveaway in midfield allows them to break in numbers. Baselli picks out Denis, who finds the run of Estigarribia. The Paraguayan gets into the area, but his shot rolls wide of the far post. Wonderfully worked move by the hosts.
The free kick is delivered to the far post, and Ogbonna heads it back to the centre. No one attacks the ball, however, making for an easy clearance. Juventus retain possession, but an ambitious effort from Vidal sails over and relieves the pressure on the Atalanta goal.
Yellow CardYohan Benalouane
We finally have our first yellow card of the match and it has been a long time coming. Tevez does incredibly well to nick a ball past Benalouane, forcing the defender to stick out an arm and stop the advance.
NEARLY THE OPENER! Evra crosses into the area and the ball falls for Pogba just inside the six yard box. He opts to try and bring it down under heavy pressure from Biava, and goes to ground. No foul in given, but Tevez collects in a dangerous area. His shot looks to be marked for the bottom corner, but strikes Pogba who is still down and the chance goes begging.
Back the other way come Atalanta. There is a real nice flow to this match so far. They work the ball through to Estigarribia who cuts to his left foot for a shot. Bonucci does well to read it and stick a foot out for a block, before Juventus clear the danger.
Pogba commits another foul, this time clipping the heals of Baselli. The midfielder has to proceed with caution. It is his second foul of the match, both of which have warranted a talking too. The next should result in a yellow card for the Frenchman. Juventus win the ball back straight away and Pogba tries a shot from 35 yards out, but his effort sails over the bar.
Baselli picks out the run of Carmona down the left. The Chilean has Estigarribia wide open for a pass, but instead tries to cross in for Boakye at the near post. Bonucci sniffs it out easily to put the ball behind for a corner.
CLOSE! Carlos Tevez looks extremely lively on the ball in the early going, taking defenders on at will. He eludes Carmona and creates space for a shot with Biava backing off, however, his curled effort drifts wide of the far corner.
Some nice work by Tevez on the left, seconds after just missing Pogba with his cross, wins Juventus a corner. Nothing comes of it, however, and Atalanta win a goal kick.
Juventus are on their heals at the moment, having yet to win the ball back from the hosts, who pass it around wonderfully in the attacking half. They do not look like finding a way through the Juventus wall in defence, however.
The hosts look lightning quick on the counter, which is causing some problems for Juventus. Chiellini just intercepts a through ball, but Atalanta keep possession and Pogba is called for a foul.
Confident start from Atalanta who get forward with real menace. A bouncing ball at the top of the box is controlled by Boakye and laid off for Carmona, and the midfielder unleashes a powerful drive just wide at the near post.
Atalanta kick-off and we are underway! The hosts, moving left to right, are in their black and blue striped tops, with Juventus in their white and black.
The players finally make their way out of the tunnel and as we grow increasingly closer to kick-off. There is a fantastic atmosphere here in Bergano for this Saturday night clash!
ATALANTA SUBS: Avramov, Stendardo, Del Grosso, Scaloni, D'Alessandro, Migliaccio, Bianchi, Moralez, Cigarini, Molina, Cherubin, Raimondi.
ATALANTA (4-4-2): Sportiello; Zappacosta, Biava, Benalouane, Drame; Estigarribia, Carmona, Baselli, Gomez; Boakye, Denis.
Massimiliano Allegri has gone with a full strength team, despite their Champions League date with Atletico looming. Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba return to the starting line-up after sitting out midweek, with Roberto Pereyra and Sebastian Giovinco sacraficed.
JUVENTUS SUBS: Pepe, Morata, Coman, Giovinco, Padoin, Asamoah, Storari, Rubinho, Pereyra, Mattiello.
JUVENTUS (5-3-2): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Ogbonna, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Vidal, Pogba, Marchisio; Tevez, Llorente.
The teams have been announced, so let us have ourselves a look at the starting line-ups:
Atalanta's pedestrian start to the season is nothing out of the ordinary for them. The Nerazzurri have finished between 11th and 15th place the last three years, since their promotion to the top flight for the start of the 2011 season. Relegation should not be a worry for the club, with a strengthened squad looking to build off last season's 11th place finish, narrowly missing out on the top half of the table.
Juventus have enjoyed a stellar start to the season, winning all five of their matches while not yet conceding a goal. They have a massive Champions League fixture away to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, and will have to be careful not to be caught looking ahead this evening. Roma's victory earlier today means the defending champions require three points to keep pace with their title rivals.
Good evening Serie A fans and welcome to Bergano! The Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia is our venue today, where Atalanta will look to put an end to Juventus' perfect start to the season. I am Alex Moretto and I will be your in-game host, guiding you through the match LIVE as it happens!
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