Saturday, February 4, 2023

Di Maria helps Juve draw with Atalanta

ROME ( Associated Press) – Scores a penalty. A heel strike to assist the second and an expert touch to start a successful free kick collection.

Argentine World Cup champion Ángel Di María put his qualities at the service of Juventus in Serie A on Sunday. It was still not enough to prevent the Bianconeri being contained to a 3–3 home draw by Atalanta, in their first game after being penalized 15 points for false accounting.

Ademola Lukman scored his third double for Atalanta, who also got a goal from Joakim Mahele.

Juventus needed a goal from Danilo to equalize midway through the second half.

The 15-point penalty came during an appeal hearing at the Italian federation on Friday, dropping Juventus from third place to the middle of the standings.

“This day will surely be remembered forever in the history of Juventus and we have to show up on the pitch and represent this team,” Danilo said. “Our target doesn’t change, we have to win as many games as possible for ourselves, for the team and for the fans and then we’ll see where we are in the end.”

The tie moved Juventus to ninth, 15 points off the Champions League places. Atalanta are fifth, two points behind Roma.

Lukman put Atalanta ahead with a powerful shot that Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczecny could not control.

Di Maria then scored from the penalty spot, before setting up Niccolò Fagioli to cross to Arkadiusz Milik, who volleyed home.

Luqman set up Mahele’s goal after Juventus lost the ball in their own half before Danilo equalised.

Lukman has 11 goals this season and is second on the scoring table behind Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, who has 13.

dybala assist

Earlier, Paulo Dybala scored both goals in Roma’s 2-0 win at Spezia.

Also, Udinese won 1–0 at Sampdoria, while Monza and Sassuolo played out 1–1 draws.

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