Juventus continued their quest for a fourth consecutive Coppa Italia title as they accomplished a 2-Zero mixture win over Atalanta in Turin on Wednesday night time to safe their place within the last of the competitors.
Main 1-Zero from the primary leg, Juve withstood lengthy spells of strain from their guests, who noticed striker Alejandro Gomez rattle the woodwork from 35 yards with Gianluigi Buffon out of his objective, earlier than Miralem Pjanic’s penalty 15 minutes from time put the tie to mattress.
Though Sunday’s league fixture between these two postponed because of heavy snowfall, Juventus supervisor Max Allegri nonetheless rung the modifications from the 1-Zero over Torino the weekend earlier than final.
Having limped out of the Torino win with an ankle damage, Gonzalo Higuain was changed by Mario Mandzukic, whereas Buffon returned in objective instead of Wojciech Szczesny with Claudio Marchisio, Medhi Benatia, Stefan Lichtsteiner and Blaise Matuidi all additionally returning to the beginning eleven.
Having been in Europa League motion in opposition to Borussia Dortmund on Thursday, Atalanta supervisor Gian Piero Gasperini made only a single change from the facet that drew 1-1 on the night time to lose Four-Three on mixture to the Germans, Gianluca Mancini changing the suspended Rafael Toloi in defence.
Needing to overtake that 1-Zero deficit from the primary leg, it was Atalanta who began on the entrance foot. Gomez went shut early on, as he linked with Ilicic’s fizzing cross into the centre of the realm, however the Argentinean’s first time effort was straight at Buffon – who comfortably held onto the shot.
It took a while, however the hosts started to seek out their ft, and a spell of strain from the Outdated Girl ended with Atalanta midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola nervously placing Kwadwo Asamoah’s deflected cross over his personal bar.
With ten minutes remaining within the first half, Mandzukic twisted and turned his approach into the Atalanta space, however was denied by the onrushing Etrit Berisha, with the Atalanta keeper’s midriff feeling the complete pressure Mandzuckic’s effort.
Berisha was pressured into motion once more 5 minutes later, with the keeper diving low to bat away Douglas Costa’s dipping cross-cum-shot as Juventus continued to press.
It was not nevertheless a method site visitors, and Atalanta continued to use strain of their very own, with Chiellini pressured to behave shortly to cost down Remo Freuler’s shot after the Swiss acquired a move from Ilicic contained in the Juventus space.
Juventus Zero-Zero (1-Zero) Atalanta HT:
Move accuracy: 83%-88%
Possibilities created: Three-Three
Juventus lead on the break on mixture as Atalanta press for an equaliser. pic.twitter.com/coSSBInXpi
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It was Juventus who had the primary probability of the second half, because the ball broke to Marchisio 5 minutes after the interval, however the Italian’s highly effective effort from a decent angle was overwhelmed away by Berisha as soon as once more.
Mandzukic later noticed a possibility come and go, because the Croatian was unable to get the ball out of his ft together with his again to objective on the sting of Atalanta’s six yard field, having acquired a in the reduction of from the rampaging Asamoah on the left hand facet.
Atalanta then went inside inches of punishing Juventus for his or her wastefulness in entrance of objective. As Buffon discovered himself in no man’s land having come for a ball that by no means seemed near reaching him, Gomez pounced to carry the ball over the keeper, who might solely watch and breathe a sigh of aid as the hassle bounced again off his goalpost.
Oh what a miss by Papu!!! Buffon was effectively exterior the field making an attempt to press Gomez who chipped the ball and it hits the POST! Zero-Zero | 65′ #JuveAtalanta
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Moments later it was Juve’s flip to hit the woodwork in a frantic spell of play, as Douglas Costa’s curling effort from the fitting hand facet of the guests penalty cannoned of the crossbar.
With little over 1 / 4 of an hour remaining, Juventus have been handed the possibility to place the tie to mattress, as Atalanta defender Mancini was penalised for a push on Matuidi because the Frenchman stretched to achieve Lichsteiner’s pinpoint cross into the realm. Pjanic drilled the resultant penalty straight into the centre of the online to offer Juve a 1-Zero lead on the night time and a 2-Zero lead on mixture.
That objective for Juventus took a lot of the battle out if Atalanta, and though the guests labored admirably to use the strain till the top, the information that the tie was lengthy since gone was noticeable within the efficiency of Gasperini’s facet through the last exchanges, as Juventus comfortably secured their place in one more Coppa Italia last.
Juventus XI: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Benatia, Chiellini, Asamoah; Marchisio, Pjanic, Matuidi; D. Costa, Mandzukic, Alex Sandro
Subs: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Barzagli, Rugani, Howedes, Khedira, Sturaro, Dybala#JuveAtalanta #TIMCup
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