Saturday, 27 September 2014

Atlanta 0 Juventus 3: Tevez brace and Morata's first goal gives Juve another win

Juventus were up against 11th placed Atalanta in the second and last game of the day on Saturday evening, as manager Massimiliano Allegri was eager for his side to continue their good form with another win, this time away from home. After Roma's 2-0 win over Hellas Verona earlier on in the day courtesy of goals from Florenzi and Destro, Juve needed nothing less than a win if they were to stay within reach of Roma; who have won all 5 of their opening fixtures this season. 

It was the away side who dominated in the early exchanges and were unlucky not to score in truth. Tevez was lively and almost broke the deadlock on a few occasions, whilst Pogba and Vidal both played important parts in the Juve midfield as they attempted to get forward with ease and hit Atalanta on the counter attack. They eventually took their chance, albeit a scrappy one to make it 1-0 in the 35th minute as Carlos Tevez was in the right place at the right time to tap into the net from close range, with the goalkeeper in no-man's land.   

At half-time, Juventus took a slender lead into the interval with defender Angelo Ogbonna having an injury scare late on after a head knock in stoppage time, but thankfully it was not serious as he was able to continue. After the break, Chiellini gave away a penalty on 55 minutes after a rash challenge on Molina inside the box, bringing him down with only Buffon to beat. Germán Denis took the resulting penalty, but his low drive was well saved by Buffon who did well to keep the score at 1-0. 

Straight after Buffon's great save, Juve went on the counter attack and Tevez was somehow able to find the back of the net with a low shot which the goalkeeper could only parry as the power was too much to handle! 2-0, and it looked done and dusted.

However, they were not done there. Striker Alvaro Morata came off the bench to score his first ever goal for Juventus, with a bullet header from an inch-perfect delivery from Pereyra in the 83rd minute. As the final whistle blew, Juventus celebrated another victory, making it 5 out of a possible 5 with no goals conceded. The only other team in Europe with a perfect record currently is Barcelona, in Liga BBVA.

Juve record another win, which become comfortable in truth as the game went on - they have a crunch week ahead both in the UEFA Champions League and Serie A. First, a trip to Atlético Madrid in the group stages, before a top-of-the-table clash with Roma awaits next week Sunday.