Atalanta and Juventus end up 3-3 after a thriller, Roma beat Spezia

Juventus secured a draw with Atalanta in their first match since they were docked 15 points for transfer irregularities, as they levelled the score twice after giving the visitors lead on Sunday.

In another match, Roma overpowered Spezia 2-0 thanks to a 45th goal by Stephan El Shaarawy followed by another one by Tammy Abraham in 49th.    

These results mean Roma have now claimed fourth spot, at least temporarily, as the sixth-placed Lazio will play Milan – second on the table with 38 points against 50 of Napoli – tonight (Monday).

Similarly, Atalanta moved up one place into fifth, while the Old Lady, who had slipped down to 10th following the points deduction, are ninth.

Atalanta started the match strongly, having scored 13 goals in their last two games in all competitions, and severely tested the Juventus defence.

It was Ademola Lookman who gave Atalanta an early lead in the fourth minute, but Juventus hit back to lead at the break through Angel di Maria’s penalty and Arkadiusz Milik’s volley in the 25th and 34th minute respectively.

But Joakim Maehle equalised after a minute of the second half before Lookman struck again with a fine header in the 53rd minute. However, Juventus levelled again when Danilo drove in from outside the area in 65th minute.

Some home fans booed the Serie A anthem as it was played just before kickoff, and they saw their side make a poor start when goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny allowed Lookman’s shot to go through his hands at the near post.

The home side fought back and were level halfway through the half when, following a foul on Nicolo Fagioli, Di Maria sent Atalanta goalkeeper Juan Musso the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Di Maria was also involved when Juventus went ahead, his brilliant flick near the touchline helping to set up the chance for Milik’s volleyed finish.

But Atalanta hit back with two goals, the first coming inside 60 seconds of the restart when Maehle rolled the ball in from Lookman’s deft pass.

And Lookman had his second of the night and his 11th of the season soon after, guiding a superb header in as he backed away from Szczesny.

Then the game took another twist when Di Maria’s back heel at a free kick wrong-footed the Atalanta defence, allowing Danilo the chance to drive his shot low past Musso.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side were playing their first match since being docked 15 points on Friday by an Italian soccer court investigating the club’s transfer dealings, leaving the former third-placed club marooned in mid-table.

“We have to keep doing our work, which is on the pitch. We must thank the players for what they did this evening, because I realise it is psychologically damaging to see yourself go from second or third place into 10th, it feels like having what you achieved taken away,” Allegri said after the match. “The players and the staff who worked around them are to be congratulated.”


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