Juventus 8 points clear on top, thanks to controversial handball decisons and Cristiano Ronaldo goals


Aatanta went into the game on a 10 game winning streak in the Serie a while Juventus just increased the gap at the top the table with Lazio losing to drop points. Juventus also boasted a record of having won the last 30 matches against Atalanta but this Atalanta squad is a new breed of footballers who managed to qualify for the quarter finals of the champions League and went into this match with the same mentality.

Atalanta started the match on a rather high note and tested the patience of the Old Lady. Gomez controlled the strings of Atalanta attack while Zapata was the target man of the team, something that Juventus have lacked since the departure of Mandzukic.

In the 16th minute, Gomez played an excellent pass onto Zapata who scored with a clinical finish, while Bentancur desperately tried to block the shot.

At one poing, Dybala poised serious trouble to the Atalanta defense with a sweet first touch control near the box, only for the shot to deflect for a corner. Dybala also played a hesitant ball onto Ronaldo who who was just far wide off the target. Cristiano Ronaldo was barely visible in the first half while Cuadrado was booked for a nasty tackle and will miss the next fixture.

Castagne did well to combine with the strikers at various points while Ilicic kept delivering from the centre . Juventus did not look very comfortable while Atalanta surely dominated the Old Lady. Perhaps absence was Pjanic was felt, although Rabiot was trying to be present at multiple positions in the game.

The second half started the way first one ended, with Atalanta calling the shots but after a few minutes, Juventus responded back with the same intensity. Juventus raised the tempo of the game to exactly where Atlanta had done earlier and now responding with the same intensity as Atalanta.

With a controversial handball in the box, Juventus scored the equaliser with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his 27th league goal. This goal provided the confidence booster juventus were looking for and with the introduction of Sandro and Costa, continued to cause problems and even increasing the intensity of the game to such extent that Atalana had problems adjusting.

With a decision to remove Gomez, Ilicic and Zapata, it looked like Atalanta was happy with the current scoreline but malinoskiv and Muriel filled in the roles of Gomez and Zapata so well that in the 80th minute Atalanta again took the lead through a rocket shot from malinoskiv. Ronaldo, Costa, higuain all tested the keeper but the match was heading in Atalanta’s way till Juventus again won a second controversial handball in the Box and Cristiano Ronaldo equalised in the 90th minute, taking his tally to 28 league goals and just one behind Immobile.

This draw now puts Juventus 8 points clear off Lazio while Atalanta are in the third spot with one point more than Inter Milan, who are yet to play their 32nd match. Juventus next face Sassuolo.


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