REGGIO EMILIA (Italy): Dethroned league champions Juventus beat Atalanta 2-1 to win the Italian Cup for the 14th time on Wednesday as followers returned to the stadium for the primary time in over a yr.
Targets in both half from Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa gave coach Andrea Pirlo his second trophy of the season after the Italian Tremendous Cup, on the day he turned 42.
Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini was denied a primary trophy of his teaching profession, and Atalanta’s second trophy after the 1963 Coppa Italia.
It was a lift for Juventus who go into the ultimate weekend of the season with their Champions League qualification happening to the wire after Inter Milan ended their nine-year league reign.
Gianluigi Buffon was within the Juventus aim for the ultimate time in his profession and the veteran keeper was stable on the night time profitable his sixth Coppa Italia 22 years after his first with Parma.
The veteran pulled off a giant save simply after kickoff on the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia.
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Duvan Zapata had pulled again for Jose Luis Palomino with 43-year-old Buffon utilizing his legs to cease the ball.
Zapata pounced on a sloppy Matthijs De Ligt back-pass however Buffon once more cleared after quarter of an hour and denied Hans Hateboer after 35 minutes.
Regardless of the Bergamo facet’s early domination Juve made the breakthrough after half an hour.
Cristiano Ronaldo went down however amid a scramble in entrance of aim Weston McKennie despatched the ball throughout to Kulusevski who curled into the web.
However ten minutes later Ruslan Malinovskyi blasted within the equaliser.
Pierluigi Gollini denied Kulusevski a second simply earlier than the hour after good work from Chiesa.
Chiesa then clipped the put up after latching onto a Ronaldo backheel flick. However the former Fiorentina ahead made no mistake with quarter of an hour remaining after combining with Kulusevski to beat Gollini.
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It was Juventus’s first Coppa Italia since 2018, having completed runners-up final yr to Napoli.
Atalanta additionally misplaced the 2019 remaining to Lazio.
Ronaldo failed to attain on the night time however has now received each trophy in three of Europe’s 5 main leagues — England, Spain and now Italy.
A complete of 4,300 followers had been allowed right into a stadium for the primary time because the coronavirus lockdown in March 2020.
However the get together was quick lived with the Italian authorities ordering an in a single day curfew to return into drive in Reggio Emilia after the sport beginning at midnight.