Serie A, Juventus 3-3 Atalanta: Danilo snatches the draw after deducting points for the Bianconeri

Serie A, Juventus 3-3 Atalanta: Danilo snatches the draw after deducting points for the Bianconeri

Juve were deducted 15 points on Friday after an investigation into past transfer deals, which the club are expected to appeal but fought to split the spoils at the Allianz Stadium.

Arkadiusz Milik sent the Bianconeri into the break in the lead after Angel Di Maria canceled out Lookman’s opener, but Joakim Maehle immediately restored parity in the second half.

Lookman again edged Atalanta, but Danilo powered a clever free-kick routine at home to move Juve – who were third before the penalty – into ninth.

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An error from Wojciech Szczesny gave Atalanta an early lead as Lookman’s right-footed strike squirmed through the goalkeeper’s hands, before Manuel Locatelli fired some more in response.

Juve quickly equalized after VAR intervened for a foul by Ederson Silva on Nicolo Fagioli, Di Maria then moving from the penalty spot to the bottom right corner.

Fagioli again played a pivotal role when his cross from the right wing found Milik, who aimed a right-footed finish into the bottom right corner, although Juve’s advantage was short-lived after the interval.

Lookman rolled into Maehle to pass Szczesny before the Nigerian winger headed Jeremie Boga’s left wing cross into the far corner seven minutes later.

Danilo scored a strike from 20 yards under Atalanta’s wall and into the bottom left corner to equalize after Di Maria’s back heel free-kick routine, although neither team could find a winner late in a frenetic contest.

What does it mean? New deadlock for Juve and Atalanta

When announcing Juve’s punishment, the club’s lawyers called the decision a “gross injustice to millions of fans” as the Bianconeri said they intended to appeal the deduction.

While any faint hope of Champions League qualification may rest on off-pitch proceedings, Juve’s players responded with a credible performance against Atalanta, who are now just two points clear of the top four.

Although Juve will have to wonder what they need to do to overcome Atalanta, with this eighth stalemate in the last 12 league meetings between the two – no Serie A game has produced more since 2017.

Animated Lookman

Lookman became the fourth Atalanta player to score 10 or more goals after 19 appearances in his debut Serie A campaign, before taking his tally to 11 with a composed header.

Jorgen Leschly Sorensen (1949-50), Karl Aage Hansen (1949-50) and Poul Rasmussen (1952-53) were the only others to pull off the feat as Lookman continued to prove his worth to Gian Piero Gasperini.

Defensive concerns for Juve

While a combat performance against Atalanta’s top four pursuers may deserve applause, the Bianconeri’s defensive performances may cause Massimiliano Allegri to worry.

For the first time since November 1988, Juve have conceded eight goals in their last two Serie A games, following a 5-1 loss to Napoli and the six-goal thriller here.

And after?

Juve host Monza on January 29, while Atalanta are at home against Sampdoria the day before