Juventus beat Atalanta to claim Coppa Italia

Juventus beat Atalanta to claim Coppa Italia

Federico Chiesa scored the decisive goal as Juventus sealed a record-extending 14th Coppa Italia title with a 2-1 win over Atalanta on Wednesday.


It has been a disappointing first season in charge for Andrea Pirlo; with the Bianconeri knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the last-16 stage by FC Porto.


Also, their hopes of qualifying for next season’s competition hang by a thread; ahead of the final round of Serie A fixtures this weekend. Juventus looked set for more despair when Ruslan Malinovskiy cancelled out Dejan Kulusevski’s fine strike before half-time.


However, Juve stormed back in the second half, though, and sealed victory in their 20th Coppa Italia final; thanks to Chiesa’s composed finish with 17 minutes remaining.


Atalanta did most of the pressing in the early stages; with Duvan Zapata and Remo Freuler both flashing efforts narrowly wide of Gianluigi Buffon’s goal. But it was Juve who went ahead, though; Kulusevski superbly whipping past Pierluigi Gollini after being picked out on the right-hand side of the penalty area by Weston McKennie.


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Gian Piero Gasperini’s side deservedly pulled level four minutes before the interval.


Malinovskiy collected Hans Hateboer’s pass and lashed a powerful strike past Buffon from just inside the area. Gollini got down well shortly before the hour mark to paw away Kulusevski’s near-post flick; while Chiesa curled against the post after a slick move involving Cristiano Ronaldo.


Chiesa was not to be denied in the 73rd minute however; collecting Kulusevski’s pass and then sliding home his 13th goal in all competitions this season.


Atalanta battled in the closing stages. But they never really came close to finding a goal that would have forced extra time; with Juventus holding on to consign last season’s final defeat to Napoli to history

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