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May 5, 2014
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: A. De Marco
• Attendance: 38892
S. Padoin 72'
That's all that we have time for from Turin, as Juve prepare to be crowned Italian champions yet again. Padoin's solitary goal was enough in a 1-0 win, I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you again next time.
Atalanta enjoyed plenty of the ball in the first half, but couldn't capitalise on their dominant spells, with Juve's defence holding firm and looking incredibly solid. It's all smiles in the stadium now, with the players celebrating their title win in front of their jubilant fans.
FULL TIME! Juve wrap up a narrow 1-0 win over Atalanta in one of Serie A's late kick-offs, to ensure that their third successive Scudetto is presented after a victory. Padoin grabbed the only goal, firing home wonderfully against his former club.
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TEVEZ! WHAT A MISS! The substitute turns his effort the wrong side of the post, after Quagliarella unselfishly squares back a pass to the edge of the six yard box for his teammate.
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Conte continues to berate his players from the sideline, he isn't prepared to switch off even for a moment. The presence of such a focused individual surely has to have played a huge part yet again in Juve's fantastic record-breaking season.
There are four minutes of stoppage time at the end of the second half.
DENIS! The Argentine forward breaks into the penalty area, nipping in ahead of Barzagli after beating Ogbonna, but is penalised for clipping the heel of the former Palermo man. He takes it around Storari with some neat footwork before slotting the ball into an empty net, but it won't count.
BASELLI! The midfielder tries to catch Storari off guard, firing a low drive in towards the near post. The Juve keeper gets well behind it, however, beating it firmly away from danger.
Bellini is nearly picked out deep on the right hand side, but the crossfield ball in search of the right-back is slightly too heavy. Storari really hasn't been troubled in the second half, despite Atalanta enjoying a reasonable amount of possession they've done sweet nothing with it.
Tevez is presented with the ball on the edge of the penalty area once again, but is robbed of possession well. Atalanta aren't looking to break forward with any real pace nor intensity, seeming quite happy to take a close defeat away from this Serie A fortress.
Conte remains at the edge of his technical area, as the Juve coach's desire for perfection continues until the death. He won't want his side's 100% home record to fall so close to the edge of the season, especially against an Atalanta side who have looked toothless.
Baselli tries to carve open the Juve defence with the intention of sliding Estigarribia in behind, but the substitute isn't quite on the same wavelength. Storari collects with ease, the hosts' keeper has had nothing to do in the second half.
Estigarribia whips in a corner for the away side, but a poor touch from Moralez allows for Quagliarella to intercept the ball and do his defensive duty. Narrowly over ten minutes remain for Atalanta to take home any spoils.
A lengthy stoppage in play, as Yepes is stabilised on the Juventus Stadium turf. He took a nasty blow to the head due to the knee of Padoin, with the hosts' goalscorer totally unaware of the injury he'd caused. Nica replaces the experienced defender.
Well, Juve finally have their goal, which rewards the continued support of the home fans behind Consigli's goal. Yepes stays down after Padoin's goal, being caught by the knee of the goalscorer, and has a neck brace fitted on the field. The stretcher is on.
Goal Simone Padoin
GOOOOOOOOAL! PADOIN OPENS THE SCORING! The former Atalanta man gambles, making a driving run to the edge of the penalty area, before seeing a loose ball bobble across into his path. He meets it first-time, fizzing a low strike in off the post!
Yellow Card Marcelo Estigarribia
Estigarribia is booked for the away side, which means the Paraguayan will be suspended for Atalanta's next game. He slides in cynically on Pogba, giving Juve the chance to whip a ball into the box.
TEVEZ! The Argentine is fed down the right channel, with Consigli able to narrow the angle, remain tall and smother the substitute's effort. There are just 20 minutes left for Juve to find a breakthrough.
Tevez's introduction has signalled a resurgence from Juve, with the hosts pressing higher upfield and looking to take the game to the away side. The Old Lady have boasted a fantastic scoring record at home this season and Conte isn't prepared to let his men tail off in the dying embers of the campaign.
QUAGLIARELLA! POGBA! TEVEZ! Consigli makes two smart saves to deny the former two, before Tevez's follow-up makes its way into the stands. The Argentine is proving to be an offensive catalyst already.
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
Conte makes his second change of the game, with Osvaldo replaced by Tevez. It appears that the home side aren't preparing to surrender their home record without a fight and the mood inside the stadium lifts hugely.
OSVALDO! Bellini is horrendously deep for the away side's defence, playing the former Southampton forward clearly onside, allowing for him to get on the end of a clever Marchisio scoop. Osvaldo makes contact with the pass, but could only hook it over the bar from close range.
POGBA! The young France international rockets an effort towards goal from 25 yards, with Consigli merely able to stand and stare. It whistles over the crossbar, that was really travelling!
Beautiful footwork from Pogba! The Frenchman receives possession despite the attentions of two markers. He swivels away from the first, before dropping a shoulder and rolling the ball past the second. He's been the only real bright spark for Juve tonight.
Half an hour remains, with both respective managers perhaps starting to glance over their shoulders in a pensive manner, thinking on how they can change this game in favour of their side. The Bianconeri faithful are constantly singing, waving flags in the colours of Italy, but occurrences on the field aren't quite as aesthetically pleasing.
Quagliarella picks up the ball on the halfway line and tries to change the tempo of the attack, but after driving forward and releasing a pass towards Osvaldo, the substitute doesn't get possession back. Osvaldo slips when controlling the ball, as the former Roma man continues to have a poor match.
The home fans are continuing to urge the Old Lady forward, but once again the contest has settled down into Atlanta enjoying possession. Juve have a 100% home record to protect this evening, but you'd be forgiven for thinking that this is a pre-season friendly.
Strange decision from Peluso! Despite being under no pressure when defending his back post, the wing-back nods a defensive header over his own crossbar and behind for a corner. Fortunately for him, Atalanta's set piece fails to bear fruit.
BRIVIO! The left-back races forward from deep, before arrowing a powerful effort horrifically wide! He won't want that to be added to the highlights reel, he drags his attempt so far wide that it's embarrassing.
DENIS! He was offside anyway, but the Argentine attempts an audacious overhead kick from ten yards out. It flashes wide, with Conte unhappy that the Atalanta forward wasted some time despite being clearly behind the last man of Juve's defence.
Atalanta have started the second half the way they finished the first, trying to hold onto the ball and draw Juve out of their shape. It's not been a very intense affair whatsoever, it appears that half of the players on show are already on their holidays.
QUAGLIARELLA! The substitute is never afraid to shoot, with a neat exchange of play on the edge of the penalty area resulting in the Italian forward ballooning his first chance high and wide.
Two changes at the break, with Quagliarella replacing Giovinco and Benalouane taking to the field in place of Lucchini. Both substitutions may have something to do with the respective players taking knocks, as neither player was having a particularly bad evening.
We are underway in the second half! The first half lacked intensity and a cutting edge, but there are plenty of minutes remaining for either side to break the deadlock. Juve, in particular, have the potential to change their personnel to a frightening degree. Never fear, there are still goals in this one.
Plenty of options are available to Antonio Conte, with a star-studded bench boasting the majority of their first-choice players. The likes of Tevez and Llorente can be called upon if the Old Lady want a goal, with Pirlo, Asamoah, Vidal and Isla able to spice up the midfield.
Two difficult chances have fallen to Denis in the first 45 minutes, with the Argentine unable to turn either towards goal despite being threaded through well on both occasions by Moralez. Juventus have sat in their shape and been rarely troubled, but this certainly hasn't been a performance fitting of champions.
HALF TIME! No stoppage time at the end of the half, with Juventus and Atalanta heading to their respective dressing rooms without a goal to their name. Osvaldo and Giovinco have had half chances for the Bianconeri but the visitors finished the period extremely strongly.
Juventus really haven't been at their best, with the home crowd failing to be particularly inspired by a lacklustre opening 45 minutes. The hosts started well, but Atalanta enjoyed real dominance for the last 20 minutes.
DENIS! What a fantastic pass! The Argentine is left stretching at the back post, after a beautiful scooped ball from Moralez found the Atalanta striker breaking away from Barzagli. It was so delicately done, with Ogbonna left helpless underneath the well-weighted ball, but the visitors' top scorer couldn't convert.
Five minutes until the break and the game has well and truly settled into a rut. Atalanta are seeing plenty of the ball, trying to draw Juve out of their shape by holding onto possession, with the home side unable to convert on the break. The visitors will be pleased with how they've moved the ball around, but Storari has rarely been tested.
Good defensive work from Barzagli and then Chiellini! Moralez whips in a delicious ball from the right hand side, but Barzagli is able to hook the back post delivery away over his shoulder. Bonaventura picks up the pieces and sets the ball back to the supporting Brivio, whose cross is met with force by the awaiting head of Chiellini.
MARCHISIO! The midfielder breaks from the midfield three, before trying his luck from 25 yards. His first touch lets him down, meaning that the Italy international is always stretching, which doesn't allow the 28-year-old to get over his effort. It balloons high and wide.
Pogba is picked out by a crossfield ball, nodding a first-time header into the path of Osvaldo, who has his back to goal from 12 yards out. The former Roma forward looks to pivot smartly and finish on the turn, but ends up kicking his marker accidentally instead.
The atmosphere is improving inside the stadium, with the home fans wanting to have a good result to celebrate before Juve are awarded their third successive Scudetto. It would leave a sour taste in the mouth, if the home side turn in a disappointing performance in front of an expectant crowd.
Atalanta manage to muster another effort from long-range, but again it heads straight at Storari. The deputy Juve keeper hasn't had a great deal to do, but has reacted solidly when called upon.
Only a quarter of an hour remains until the break, with the deadlock still intact at the Juventus stadium. Consigli has been the busier of the two keepers, with Osvaldo and Giovinco buzzing around in between the lines for the hosts. Denis is anonymous, with the Argentine getting next to no service - but only needs one chance to convert.
Peluso has been disappointing down the left hand side, with his crosses dealt with easily by Bellini. He isn't the most technically gifted nor attacking-minded player and it's showing. Asamoah is usually a great outlet for the Old Lady, but they don't have that luxury today.
OSVALDO! Good strong hand from Consigli! The Juve forward is picked out at the back post by a looping delivery, before dispatching a header back across goal cleverly. The Atalanta goalkeeper is alert to the danger, getting up well to palm the effort over his own crossbar.
Great challenge from Barzagli! Bonaventura picks up possession on the edge of the penalty box, with the ball fortunately bouncing towards goal for the Atalanta man. The Juve central defender sticks with his man, before denying the left midfielder with a textbook, well-timed sliding tackle.
Osvaldo and Giovinco may be Conte's second-choice strike partnership, but they've been able to carve apart Atalanta a few times already this evening. The hosts are willing to sit back and bide their time, allowing for the away side to hold onto possession, but break forward smartly.
Atalanta continue to enjoy some sustained possession, but their attacks are easily broken down by the resilient Bianconeri lines. Osvaldo is released by a wonderful through ball, before Atalanta manage to half-clear as a trick from the Italian forward doesn't come off. Giovinco is then able to release the same man once again, with a clever flick, but the pass is too heavy and Consigli claims.
As we approach the 20 minute mark, Conte will be reasonably pleased with what his rotated side have managed to achieve. Both Giovinco and Osvaldo have been provided with ammunition for a few long-range attempts, but the Old Lady are lacking that killer instinct.
The away side enjoy a spell of possession, but Juve hold their shape well, forcing their opposition all the way back to Consigli. Conte's men have pressed intelligently, with Denis not being given any space to have an effect on proceedings thus far.
OSVALDO! Great flick-ons from Pogba and then Giovinco result in Osvaldo receiving possession 25 yards out from goal. The Italy international forward tries his luck from range, but can only dip a powerful effort over the crossbar, with Consigli having his angles covered.
Juve are missing the creativity of Asamoah on the left hand side, but otherwise are matching up to Atalanta well. Giovinco and Pogba are looking particularly dangerous, with both striking some good form of late. Despite all of the changes, the Old Lady are looking comfortable.
Baselli breaks into the penalty area, but the midfielder's attempted cut-back is intercepted by Chiellini, before Peluso half-clears. Giovinco is then penalised for a high foot, allowing for the away side to win a free-kick 30 yards out, but Storari is able to easily claim the delivery.
Awful effort from Bonaventura! The left midfielder cuts in onto his right foot, before deciding to try his luck from 30 yards. It's a terrible attempt, as the Atlanta man skews a low drive way wide of the target.
The first ten minutes have passed without either goalkeeper having a tough save to make. Juve are dominating possession, with the likes of Marchisio and Pogba bringing real energy to the home side's midfield. Giovinco is found by a clever flick from Osvaldo, but the Italy international drags his volleyed effort well wide from the edge of the box.
Despite already having the title in the bag, the Old Lady have started in composed fashion tonight. Denis is denied well by Ogbonna, as Moralez threads a pass through for his compatriot. The former Torino defender stands up well to deny the Atalanta danger man deep in the penalty area.
Poor ball from Peluso! Pogba releases the wing-back on the far side, but Bellini is easily able to clear the cross behind for a corner due to it being placed too close to his feet. From the resulting corner, Giovinco claims for a handball on Baselli, but the referee waves away the hosts' claims.
GIOVINCO! The little forward has been lively early on and capitalises on a pocket of space on the edge of the visitors' penalty area once again. He lets fly with a left-footed drive, but it whistles past the far post and thuds into the advertising hoardings.
Pogba is penalised for a shove on Bellini, as the former Man United midfielder attempts to allow Marchisio to pick up a loose ball and break beyond the Atalanta defensive line.
Good ball from Pogba! The Frenchman clips a well-weighted cross to the back post, but Brivio gets underneath the delivery to deny Lichtsteiner the chance of steaming in to finish off the move. The hosts are enjoying plenty of possession early on.
Giovinco drives through the heart of the Atalanta midfield, before the diminutive forward tries to thread Osvaldo through on goal. The former Southampton striker is muscled off the pass, however, with Consigli able to collect easily.
We are underway in the first half! Plenty of choreography from the home fans, who welcome their champions to the field in a full Juventus stadium. Though you'd be forgiven for thinking that Juve have nothing to play for, Conte's sides aren't known for switching off.
With only five minutes remaining until kick-off, be sure to stick with us for all of the action, as Juventus bid to forget their midweek Europa League heartbreak. Despite fielding plenty of second choice players, Conte's squad does boast impressive depth, meaning that Atalanta can expect more than a drab 90 minutes from the eleven men the Italian coach has selected.
Atalanta are mathematically safe for another season, with the top half of the Serie A table five points from their grasp. Neither team have anything pressing to play for, except pride, meaning that the only real motivation for either set of players is trying to impress their manager ahead of the approaching transfer window. Some personnel, especially given Juve's rotation, have a point to prove.
Juventus will be presented the Serie A trophy after tonight's match, but won't want to spoil the event by ending the 90 minutes with defeat. After crashing out of the Europa League semi-final due to a 0-0 home stalemate with Benfica, the Old Lady will want to give their supporters something to be happy about following previous disappointment.
Atalanta substitutes: Scaloni, Giorgi, Migliaccio, Bentancourt, Estigarribia, Brienza, Del Grosso, Benalouane, Sportiello, Kone, De Luca, Nica.
Atalanta starting line-up: Consigli; Bellini, Yepes, Lucchini, Brivio; Raimondi, Baselli, Carmona, Bonaventura; Moralez, Denis.
Juventus substitutes: Buffon, Caceres, Pepe, Tevez, Llorente, Bonucci, Pirlo, Asamoah, Vidal, Quagliarella, Isla, Rubinho.
Juventus starting line-up: Storari; Barzagli, Ogbonna, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Padoin, Marchisio, Pogba, Peluso; Giovinco, Osvaldo.
TEAM NEWS: Luca Cigarini is the major absentee for the visitors, sitting out tonight's match through suspension. Maxi Moralez makes a quick return to the starting eleven despite being an injury doubt, with Franco Brienza only fit enough to make the bench. German Denis is the danger man for Atalanta, with the Argentine forward boasting another good goal haul this campaign - he's netted 12 times.
TEAM NEWS: Marco Storari gets an opportunity in between the posts for the home side, with Angelo Ogbonna preferred to both Martin Caceres and Leonardo Bonucci in defence. Simeone Padoin is given a run out in central midfield, with Federico Peluso starting ahead of Kwadwo Asamoah at left wing-back. Sebastian Giovinco and Dani Osvaldo are the second-string striking partnership for Conte's men.
I'm Simon Harrison and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from Turin, as a much-rotated Juventus side look to prevent Atalanta from making a late surge into the top half of the table. Coluantuono's men haven't won in four league matches, but have a strong starting eleven available to challenge the Serie A reigning champions.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of one of tonight's Serie A clashes, as Juventus host Atalanta with their third consecutive Scudetto already sewn up. Roma's surprise 4-1 defeat to Catania yesterday has already gifted silverware to Antonio Conte's side, without the Old Lady having to kick a ball this evening, but Juve's perfectionist coach presumably won't be happy with anything but victory.
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