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Atalanta 0-1 Juventus: Match report and player ratings as Bianconeri clinched their 15th Coppa Italia

Juventus’ insatiable appetite for silverware was satisfied once more, as Dušan Vlahović’s clinical strike sealed a hard-fought Coppa Italia final victory over Atalanta

It was a classic Italian battle in the Coppa Italia final between Juventus and Atalanta. The Bianconeri took the lead in the fourth minute with an excellent goal from their in-from striker Dusan Vlahovic. They kept this result until the end despite some Atalanta chances, especially through Lookman.

This victory marked Massimiliano Allegri’s 5th title in Coppa Italia and he surpassed Roberto Mancini. It was his 12th title with the Bianconeri. Juventus and Atalanta had also faced each other in the 2021 final, which the Bianconeri winning the title with a 2-1 victory.

Coppa Italia Final: Play-by-Play

Juventus started better and their first real chance turned into a goal. Andrea Cambiaso passed the ball through Atalanta’s defense for Dusan Vlahovic. The Serbian striker held off Hien and scored with a cool finish past Carnesecchi.

The game was balanced after Juventus’ goal. The Bianconeri tried to control the game with three midfielders in the center of the pitch and Atalanta did not get a chance.

In the 44th minute, Gasperini’s men had their best chance in the first half. A cross from Zappacosta was not cleared properly by the defenders, but Federico Gatti blocked Teun Pasalic’s shot with great positioning to keep his side ahead. The match ended 1-0 in the first half.

Second Half Report

Atalanta’s first chance in the second half came through Lookman, but the Nigerian forward’s shot deflected for a corner. A few minutes later, La Dea wasted another opportunity as Koommeiner’s header went wide of the post.

In the 62nd minute, Ademola Lookman’s shot was blocked again for a corner. It came to nothing and Juventus had a great chance from a fast counter but Vlahovic’s effort was saved by Carnesecchi.

Atalanta had another chance in the 71st minute, but Miranchuk’s shot went over the bar. Moments later, Juventus almost doubled their lead against the run of play. Dusan Vlahovic scored with a header from Cambiaso’s cross, but the VAR ruled out the goal for offside.

In the 80th minute, Lookman went close again to make the match level. However, his powerful shot hit the foot of the post and went wide. Four minutes later, Juventus answered as Fabio Miretti’s thunderous shot hit the crossbar.

Atalanta’s last chance came in the 3rd minute of the added time. After a cross from Lookman to the far post, Ederson found the space to shoot, but Perin was well-placed and gathered the ball. Moments later, Massimiliano Allegri was sent off by the referee. Finally, the Ref blew his whistle after 98 minutes and Juventus won the Coppa Italia.

Photo by Daniele Badolato via Getty Images

Here’s our Coppa Italia final player ratings:

Atalanta Player Ratings (3-4-3)

Marco Carnesecchi (GK) – 7/10: Could do little on the goal. He made a few saves to keep his side in the game.

Marten de Roon (RCB) – 7/10: Solid performance in defense and attack. He hlped his team and did his duty as captain.

Isak Hien (CB) – 5/10: Was Outclassed by Vlahovic on the goal. He was subbed before the hour mark.

Berat Djimsiti (LCB) – 7/10: Good display from the Albanian. He was cautioned in the second half.

Davide Zappacosta (RWB) – 6/10: Normal display from the wing-back. He was good defensively but rarely made a threat in attack.

Mario Pasalic (CM) – 6/10: Atalanta’s best chance came through him in the first half. He was subbed early in the second half.

Ederson (CM) – 7/10: Good performance from the Brazilian midfielder. He was one of his team’s best players.

Matteo Ruggeri (LWB) – 7/10: The young Italian performed well throughout the game and caused Juventus lots of trouble down the left flank.

Teun Koopmeiners (CAM) – 8/10: He was the brain of his team and showed his class again.

Ademola Lookman (ST) – 7/10: Atalanta’s most dangerous player on the night. He had three chances to level the match but was unlucky.

Charles De Ketelaere (ST) – 5/10: He was quiet and subbed at half-time.

Substitutes

El Bilal Toure (For De Ketelaere – 46) – 5/10: Could not make a real impact in the final third.

Hans Hateboer (For Zappacosta – 59) – 7/10: Good performance from the Dutch as a sub.

Giorgio Scalvini (For Hien – 59) – 6/10: Normal display from the youngster.

Aleksey Miranchuk (For Pasalic – 59) – 6/10: Tried hard to help his side, but missed a chance to equalize.

Rafael Toloi (For de Roon – 65) – 7/10: The veteran came into the pitch to organize his team and did his job well.

Manager

Gian Piero Gasperini – 7/10: The Italian coach was unlucky as his side did everything to score in the second half. He paid the price as his defender could not cope with Vlahovic.

Juventus Player Ratings (3-5-2)

Mattia Perin (GK) – 8/10: Once again, he showed his abilities as a confident backup keeper for Juventus. His save in the final minutes of the game was crucial for the Bianconeri.

Federico Gatti (RCB) – 8/10: Little to criticize about the Italian defender. He was in complete harmony with his defensive partners. He made a vital block on Pasalic’s shot.

Gleison Bremer (CB) – 8/10: Very good performance. With his excellent sense of positioning and timely interceptions, he made the match difficult for Lookman and Atalanta.

Danilo (LCB) – 8/10: He clinched his first trophy as Juventus’ captain. Good chemistry with Bremer in defensive duties.

Andrea Cambiaso (RWB) – 8/10: Another good performance and an assist from the talented and versatile player. He also made a second assist for Vlahovic, but it was disallowed.

Weston McKennie (CM) – 7/10: A standard display from the American. He showed excellent positioning and tactical awareness.

Hans Nicolussi Caviglia (CM) – 7/10: He was confident, and nobody really felt the absence of Manuel Locatelli.

Adrien Rabiot (CM) – 7/10: He brought balance to his team. Another seasoned display from the French international.

Samuel Iling-Junior (LWB) – 7/10: He fulfilled his duties as a young talent. His darting runs in the opening minutes of the first half troubled the opponent.

Federico Chiesa (SS) – 8/10: Showed a great sense of responsibility. It was a good performance from the Italian winger, as he created several chances for his teammates.

Dusan Vlahovic (ST) – 9/10: An excellent display by the Serbian. His early goal disrupted Gasperini’s plans, and his explosive runs didn’t allow the opponent to launch a full-scale attack comfortably. Man of the match.

Substitutes

Fabio Miretti (For Nicolussi Caviglia – 62) – 7/10: A timely substitution by Allegri. His runs were unstoppable for the tired Atalanta players. He also hit the bar once.

Kenan Yildiz (For Chiesa – 69) – 7/10: Showed his impact again and caused Atalanta trouble in the final 15 minutes.

Arkadiusz Milik (For Vlahovic – 81) – 6/10: His experience helped Juventus control the game better in the final minutes.

Timothy Weah (For Cambiaso – 81) – N/A

Manager

Massimiliano Allegri – 8/10: He may have won his last title with Juventus. It was another tactical victory for the Italian who is known for his game management in these type of matches.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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