MILAN, Italy, December 19 – Juventus boosted their hopes of reaching the Champions League on Saturday after a relentless 2-0 victory in Bologna following Roma’s resounding 4-1 victory over Atalanta.
Goals in each half from Alvaro Morata and Juan Cuadrado have taken Juve to join Roma five points behind the league’s top four positions.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side came away with all three points after a relentless performance on a pitch that proved difficult terrain for some of the Serie A front-runners and was shrouded in thick fog for most of the time. match.
Juve are 12 points behind champion and league leaders Inter Milan, who crushed Salernitana 5-0 on Friday, but even though a title challenge is almost certainly out of the question this year, a place in top club competition Europe is something they can fight for. .
“When we play with that attitude, with determination and skill, these are the results we get,” Leonardo Bonucci told DAZN.
“We can’t afford to lose any more ground on the teams in front of us so it was a great victory. ”
How far Juve sit from their goal at the end of the weekend depends on how injured Napoli fare against AC Milan, AC Milan on Sunday night.
Luciano Spalletti’s side are fourth, one point behind Atalanta, but can finish second with a victory in northern Italy.
Morata took the lead for Juve at the break in the sixth minute, the Spain forward ending after launching the attack and blowing up the house after a back-and-forth with Federico Bernadeschi.
Juve were on the back foot for much of the game and home fans were ready to celebrate the equalizer in the 22nd minute when Mattias Svanberg fielded a bike kick from the center deflected from Mark Arnautovic, but the effort acrobatic Swede passed right by.
After defending for almost 25 minutes since the start of the second half, Colombian Cuadrado sealed the victory with a long-range strike that resulted in a formidable deflection from Aaron Hickey.
– Roma smash and grab –
England international Abraham opened the scoring with less than a minute on the clock in Bergamo and later wrapped up manager Mourinho’s biggest win since returning to Serie A with a skillful first strike to bring his tally to six-a-side league for the season.
“What a victory, what else can I say? A lot of people doubted us today, but it’s by far one of the best wins we’ve had this season, ”Abraham told DAZN.
Nicolo Zaniolo, with his first Serie A goal since July last year, and Abraham’s compatriot Chris Smalling also marked Roma’s first victory against one of Italy’s top teams this campaign, shaking the Atalanta’s emerging title hopes.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s third team are six points behind Inter after being beaten by a Roma side whose goals came from five shots on target after having less than 30% possession and no corner kick.
The game ran for four minutes midway through the second half in which Atalanta saw a leveler ruled out by VAR for Jose Luis Palomino moving offside after challenging Duvan Zapata’s film with Bryan Cristante and Smalling, then hit Roma’s third.
The decision to exclude the hosts’ leveler infuriated Gasperini who raged at DAZN that the referee told him that a Palomino goal had been ruled out even though the Argentine had not actually touched the ball.
“If Palomino didn’t touch the ball then why is it offside?” If Cristante has the ball, then what difference does it make? ” He asked.
At the end of Saturday’s match, Cagliari tried to get out of the relegation zone when he hosted Udinese in Sardinia.