Atalanta vs. Juventus, final score 1-4: Old Lady dominate second half to finish 2013 on top

Maurizio Lagana

Juventus finish 2013 five points clear at the top of the Serie A table, thanks to a dominant second-half performance against Atalanta.

It'll be a very merry Christmas for the bianconeri. Sure, their run of 745 minutes without conceding has ended, but they've notched another victory. That means nine wins from nine matches for Juventus, as the Old Lady head into the winter break at the top of the table.

The visitors got things started quickly with a goal from Carlos Tévez, the Argentine shrugging off the Atalanta defenders to send in a shot from outside the box. Andrea Consigli got a hand to it, but he couldn't manage to push the ball away. That makes 11 goals for Tévez thus far, and we've just reached Christmas.

With Atalanta's impressive home record, it wasn't all that surprising when the hosts found an equalizer 10 minutes later. Maxi Moralez sent his shot toward the far post, where it hit the inside of the upright. The ball bounced into the net, past a diving Gianluigi Buffon.

Juventus spent the rest of the first half pressing, anxious to get back in front, but Atalanta remained stoic. The same couldn't be said for the second half.

Perhaps it was the luck of Antonio Conte's trucker hat, but the bianconeri went on to put three more past Consigli. Paul Pogba made up for his uncharacteristically poor first half, during which Giacomo Bonaventura made him look foolish time and again, by scoring his side's second just after the restart. Fernando Llorente did well to knock down a cross from Kwadwo Asamoah, then generously allowed Pogba to slide in from six yards.

Llorente himself got the third goal, leaving Giulio Migliaccio looking foolish as he got on the end of a ball from Giorgio Chiellini to knock the ball into the bottom right corner. Less than five minutes later, Juve's last came from -- of course -- Arturo Vidal. The Chilean simply tapped in a cross from Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Atalanta: Consigli; Del Grosso (Cazzola 68), Migliaccio, Stendardo, Raimondi (Koné 86); Brivio, Cigarini, Carmona, Bonaventura (Livaja 68); Moralez; Denis

Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner, Vidal (Padoin 81), Marchisio, Pogba (Peluso 83), Asamoah; Tévez (Quagliarella 81), Llorente

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