Atalanta deny Juventus victory

Atalanta scored a late equaliser to delay Juventus' march to another Serie A title following a dramatic 2-2 draw at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on Friday.

The league leaders dominated possession, although La Dea remained a threat throughout and found themselves leading 1-0 at the half-time break.

Juve drew level early in the second half courtesy of an own-goal, and they looked to have snatched all three points seven minutes from time, only for the hosts to pull off a late rescue act.

The Bianconeri knew they had a difficult task awaiting them in Bergamo, with only three visiting teams managing to claim all three points there this season.

Gian Piero Gasperini's side absorbed the early pressure from the defending champions, who finally threatened on 26 minutes when Gonzalo Higuain latched onto a long ball from Sami Khedira and hit a tame volley that was punched away by Etrit Berisha.

Juan Cuadrado failed to test the keeper in the 37th minute as he connected with Giorgio Chiellini's cross to fire wide of the left post. The visitors were then punished on the stroke of half-time when Conti tucked home Alejandro Gomez's miscued shot.

The defending champions were quick to respond after the restart, although the equaliser came via an unlikely source – Leonardo Spinazzola, who deflected Miralem Pjanic's free-kick in with his head.

Juve went on to control proceedings as Paulo Dybala, Higuain and Khedira all drew saves out of Berisha, while Pjanic sent a free-kick narrowly past the left post.

But the home keeper was eventually beaten on 83 minutes when Dani Alves steered a header home at the far post from Pjanic's cross, as Massimiliano Allegri's men surged forward in numbers.

But Le Dea were not about to relent and they hit back in the final minute following a goal-mouth scramble as Remo Freuler pounced from close range to earn a share of the spoils.

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