Juventus vs. Atalanta: Final score 1-0, Victory crowns Juve's title celebrations

Valerio Pennicino

Roma's loss yesterday allowed Juventus a pressure-free occasion to enjoy their third successive Scudetto, and they marked the occasion by cantering to a victory over Atalanta.

Roma's collapse over the weekend meant Juventus didn't need a win on Monday, but they went ahead and grabbed a 1-0 victory over Atalanta anyway.

With the title sewn up prior to kick-off, Antonio Conte could afford to ring changes and he made six for this celebration of Juventus's season, with Gianluigi Buffon, Mauricio Isla, Andrea Pirlo, Kwadwo Asamoah, Carlos Tévez and Fernando Llorente replaced by Marco Storari, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Simone Padoin, Federico Peluso, Pablo Osvaldo and Sebastian Giovinco. With Europa League qualification out of the question, Stefano Colantuono also made six changes to his Atalanta side, Gianpaolo Bellini, Mario Yepes, Davide Brivio, Cristian Raimondi, Carlos Carmona and Maxi Moralez replacing Yohan Benalouane, Guglielmo Stendardo, Cristiano Del Grosso, Luca Cigarini, Giulio Miglaccio and Marcelo Estigarribia.

It was a demonstration of Juve's strength in depth that even despite all the changes, they were able to control proceedings relatively easily, threatening early on via Sebastian Giovinco as he volleyed just wide from Pablo Osvaldo's knock over the top.

Osvaldo would have a good chance of his own soon after, his looping header was tipped over by Andrea Consigli.

It wasn't all one-way traffic, German Denis came within inches of giving Atalanta the lead as he stretched for a Maxi Moralez cross but he just couldn't reach the ball to score.

Juventus introduced another bit-part player in Fabio Quagliarella at half time and he nearly put the Old Lady ahead, drilling over the bar after a series of one-touch passes.

Denis had another good opportunity to put the away side ahead, but his attempt at a spectacular overhead kick was off-target and flagged offside.

Juventus finally took the lead through the most unlikely of outlets as Simone Padoin lashed home a loose ball that Quagliarella failed to control, a rare goal on a rare start against his former club.  Mario Yepes was struck on the head during the goal and had to be stretchered off, his season looking likely to be over.

Storari had to be alert to deny Daniele Baselli three minutes from time and substitute Carlos Tévez agonisingly missed out on putting some gloss on the result as he sidefooted wide with the goal gaping in stoppage time.

In the end it was a comfortable result for Juventus and the party in Turin is sure to carry on long into the night.

Juventus: Storari; Barzagli, Ogbonna, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner (Pepe 85'), Pogba, Padoin, Peluso; Marchisio; Giovinco (Quagliarella 46'), Osvaldo (Tévez 65')

Goals: Padoin 72'

Atalanta: Consigli; Bellini, Lucchini (Benalouane 46'), Yepes (Nica 77'), Brivio; Raimondi (Estigarribia 64'), Baselli, Carmona, Bonaventura; Moralez; Denis.

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