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Juventus lost further ground in Serie A as they lost 1-0 at home to Atalanta.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side were beaten 4-0 by Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday and could not respond with a victory at the Allianz Stadium.

Duvan Zapata scored the decisive goal midway through the first half, taking advantage of a sloppy defense from Juve to score their ninth league goal of the season.

Paulo Dybala was inches away from saving a point in stoppage time with a nasty free kick that hit the crossbar, but Juve eventually suffered a fifth league loss of the 2021-22 campaign.

Earlier, Dybala’s 10th-minute effort on Juan Musso punctuated an aggressive start from Atalanta, who came close twice in the opening stages, and it was the visitors who scored in the 28th minute. .

Berat Djimsiti’s pass caught the Juve defense taking a nap and, after being played by Matthijs de Ligt, Zapata unleashed a big effort off the bar.

Dybala missed a chance to react quickly, although Juve could easily have been twice at the break if Matteo Pessina had capitalized on Wojciech Szczesny’s terrible clearance.

Juve received another heavy blow injuring Federico Chiesa, who did not return in the second half, and it was only when Leonardo Bonucci played Weston McKennie ahead of his time that they created an opening.

Djimsiti was on hand to block the midfielder’s path to the goal, with McKennie taking a blow in the process, ending his involvement.

Musso brilliantly led Adrien Rabiot’s effort beyond the post soon after, while Bonucci took the lead well off a corner.

Atalanta wanted a penalty for Juan Cuadrado’s awkward block on Mario Pasalic, and Juve had a late chance to make their fortune when Zapata fouled Federico Bernardeschi. Dybala’s free-kick had beaten Musso, but the woodwork secured Atalanta a first league victory at Juve since 1989.

What does it mean? Juve a shadow of themselves

The midweek quality gap between Chelsea and Juventus will have been a nerve-racking experience for Allegri, but if the Bianconeri aren’t careful they may well struggle to qualify for the Champions League next season, at less of course a remarkable journey to glory. in Europe this term – it seems unlikely, however.

They sit eighth in Italy, 11 points behind league leaders Napoli and second Milan, who both play on Sunday. Atalanta, with the triumph – their first away Serie A victory for Juve in 25 attempts – are seven points ahead of Allegri’s men, fourth.

Zapata returns to haunt Juve once again

Since the start of 2017, Zapata has scored eight goals in 11 appearances against Juve in all competitions, more than any other player in the same span.

Anywhere except home for Juve

Juve have now lost three of their first seven Serie A home games this season. This equates to their worst total so early in a high profile campaign, matching the poor runs of 1956-57 and 1948-49.

And after?

Juve have an ideal chance to recover when they travel to modest Salerno on Tuesday, while Atalanta host Venezia on the same evening.


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