SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 36 - 8 May 2013 (19.45 UK)
Atalanta 0 - 1 Juventus
Matri 18 (J)
Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia

Alessandro Matri gave Juventus a 1-0 win in Bergamo, but Atalanta are mathematically safe anyway thanks to other results.

The Bianconeri were nursing a hangover after Sunday’s Scudetto celebrations went long into the night. Gigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Nicklas Bendtner, Kwadwo Asamoah and the suspended Paul Pogba stayed in Turin. Atalanta still needed a point to be sure of safety, but were without Franco Brienza, Guido Marilungo, Igor Budan and Riccardo Cazzola. Marko Livaja was dropped for disciplinary reasons for the second time in a month.

Emanuele Giaccherini aimed a weak early effort straight at Andrea Consigli, then Atalanta lost Cristian Raimondi to injury straight away.

Juve started very aggressively and took the lead when Alessandro Matri hooked a long Andrea Pirlo pass over the top and smashed the shot on the volley under the bar from a tight angle.

Atalanta fought back and a German Denis looping header shaved a coat of paint off the far post.

Play was halted for 10 minutes during the first half when the referee’s electronic communication system stopped working. At the same time, Juve and Atalanta fans began throwing fireworks at each other, leading to Antonio Conte and the Atalanta players walking over to personally talk to the ultras in a bid to calm the situation down.

Cristiano Del Grosso drilled wide and Fabio Quagliarella’s stunning back-heel control on a long Pirlo ball was smothered by Consigli.

Denis went even closer on 38 minutes when he pounced on a Martin Caceres error to smack the volley against the post, possibly with the aid of Marco Storari’s fingertips.

Atalanta threatened an equaliser just before the break, as Giacomo Bonaventura’s strike took a deflection off teammate Davide Biondini to graze the upright.

Storari had to beat away another Bonaventura effort, but Matri incredibly failed to score when he went sliding in to meet Mauricio Isla’s pull-back from 10 yards and somehow missed the ball completely.

Guglielmo Stendardo nodded over from a corner and Atalanta wanted a penalty for a handling offence.

Consigli was crucial when parrying an Arturo Vidal strike in a one-on –one situation and Giaccherini hit the side-netting.


Atalanta: Consigli; Raimondi (Giorgi 6), Stendardo, Canini, Del Grosso (Parra 79); Carmona (Moralez 69), Cigarini, Biondini; Moralez, Bonaventura; Denis
Juventus: Storari; Caceres, Marrone, Chiellini; Isla, Padoin (Vidal 69), Pirlo, Giaccherini, De Ceglie (Peluso 75); Matri, Quagliarella (Anelka 68)
Ref: Guida