2015/2016 Italian Serie A
  • Andrea Barzagli (24')
  • Mario Lemina (86')

Juventus move clear again at summit with Atalanta triumph

Juventus restored their three-point lead in the Serie A title race with a 2-0 victory at Atalanta.
Massimiliano Allegri's men were caught by Scudetto rivals Napoli on Saturday night but re-established their advantage thanks to a rare goal from defender Andrea Barzagli and a late strike from substitute Mario Lemina.
Atalanta barely threatened at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia and consequently remain dangerously close to the relegation zone.
Juve had to watch from afar as Napoli beat Chievo 3-1 to move back into a share of first place and the reigning champions' pent-up frustration showed in the early minutes in Bergamo.
Paul Pogba fed Sami Khedira with a sumptuous backheel before the German midfielder sent Marco Sportiello sprawling at his near post.
Centre-back Barzagli grabbed the opener in the 24th minute. Paulo Dybala's corner was met by the towering Mario Mandzukic and the ball fell nicely for Barzagli to sweep home his first Juve goal since May 2012.
It was not until the hour mark that the Bianconeri threatened again, with Sportiello denying Mandzukic only to leave himself exposed to the Croatian. Luckily, Rafael Toloi made a last-ditch clearance.
Sportiello raced off his line to deny Khedira when he was set fair to score but, in the 86th minute, Juve did manage to beat the home stopper once again.
The second goal came from another unfamiliar source, on-loan Marseille midfielder Lemina, who skipped past Gabriel Paletta and Toloi before besting Sportiello with a rocket from the edge of the area.