Juventus was not in the best of days and faced a brave and organized Atalanta. From the first minutes, the owners of the house took advantage of the Old Lady’s mistakes – which were not few. With this, the first goal soon came out: Castagne disarmed Cancelo, advanced and kicked, with no chances for Szczesny. Two minutes later, at 38 from the start, Zapata hit a hard kick and scored another.
In the second half, Juve even tried to pressure, but created little and was punished with another goal of Zapata. The Colombian made use of De Sciglio’s weak back to the goalkeeper and gave the final numbers to the game: 3 to 0! With that, the Colombian striker has participated in 18 goals since the beginning of December (scored 17 and still gave an assist). It is more than any other player in the top five European leagues (Italy, England, Germany, Spain, and Portugal).
Always popular, the offensive aspect of Juventus was below average against Atalanta. Cristiano Ronaldo, Dybala, and Bernadeschi, holders of the attack, had weak performances, with very little creativity. Goalkeeper Berisha, from the main team, to work only in a Khedira kick in the second half.
Juventus, the current four-time Italian Cup winner, were not eliminated from the competition since the 2013/2014 season when they were beaten 1-0 by Roma in the quarter-finals. The last defeat in the tournament had been in 2016/2017. In that edition, the Old Lady lost the second game of the semifinal, to Napoli, by 3 to 2, but advanced by the aggregate scoreboard.
It is also worth mentioning that Juve did not lose 3-0 since April 2018, when they were defeated by Real Madrid in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the 2017/2018 Champions League. In the match, Cristiano Ronaldo, still merengue, made a bicycle goal that was amazing.
After eliminating Juventus, Atalanta will face Fiorentina in the semi-finals of the Italian Cup. This Wednesday, the “Viola” had an incredible victory by 7 to 1 against Roma, in Florence. Already on the other side of the key, Milan, classified, awaits the winner of the match between Internazionale and Lazio, who will face each tomorrow in Milan.