SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 36 - 5 May 2014 (20.00 UK)
Juventus 1 - 0 Atalanta
Padoin 72 (J)
Juventus Stadium

Simone Padoin gave Juventus a 1-0 win over Atalanta in this celebration of a third consecutive Scudetto.

The result keeps them on track for more records, as they are close to 97 points in a single season and managing a 100 per cent record on home turf.

This was one huge party, as on Sunday afternoon Roma lost 4-1 at Catania, mathematically handing the third consecutive Serie A title to Juve. Atalanta were also in a mood to celebrate, having secured their safety with mid-table comfort, welcoming back Maxi Moralez from injury. Antonio Conte fielded an all-new line-up to ensure everyone got in on the festivities.

Sebastian Giovinco drilled just wide from distance, while Angelo Ogbonna charged down a German Denis effort in the box.

Giovinco and Daniel Osvaldo blasted more attempts just off target, but Giacomo Bonaventura burst into the box and was only stopped by a last-ditch and extremely risky Stephan Lichtsteiner tackle.

An Osvaldo looping header was palmed out from under the bar and from the resulting corner Ogbonna nodded over.

Marco Storari smothered a Daniele Baselli effort, while Denis at full stretch just failed to get on the end of a Maxi Moralez cross to the back post.

Fabio Quagliarella was introduced for the second half and drilled over the bar at the end of a wonderful team move with several one-touch passes.

Denis turned an overhead kick off target, which was flagged offside anyway, and Paul Pogba hit a powerful finish over the bar.

Osvaldo completed a give-and-go with Quagliarella only to volley inches over the bar. Andrea Consigli needed a splendid double save on 67 minutes, parrying Quagliarella’s shot at the near post, getting back up to deny Pogba and then seeing substitute Carlos Tevez fire off target.

The deadlock was finally broken when Tevez flicked on a Pogba backheel pass for Simone Padoin, whose angled drive from the edge of the box went in off the inside of the upright. It was a rare goal from Padoin against his former club.

Mario Yepes had come sliding in to block the shot, but was accidentally kneed in the head. Medics applied a neckbrace before stretchering the Colombian off the field.

Simone Pepe was given a run-out in the final minutes, as the winger has barely set foot on the field for two years due to a series of thigh and tendon injuries.

Marco Storari also finally had something to do, beating away a fierce Daniele Baselli snapshot.

It should've been 2-0 with the final kick of the game, but Quagliarella rolled across for Tevez to prod wide of an open goal.


Juventus: Storari; Barzagli, Ogbonna, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner (Pepe 84), Padoin, Marchisio, Pogba, Peluso; Osvaldo (Tevez 65), Giovinco (Quagliarella 46)
Atalanta: Consigli; Bellini, Lucchini (Benalouane 46), Yepes (Nica 77), Brivio; Raimondi (Estigarribia 64), Carmona, Baselli, Bonaventura; Maxi Moralez; Denis
Ref: De Marco