(EFE) – Juventus, without the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, off due to a muscle problem, crashed this Sunday in the Atalanta field and fell to fourth position in Serie A, which triggers the alarms about their options to qualify for the next UEFA Champions League.
Andrea Pirlo’s team yielded their third position to Atalanta, which had not beaten the Turin team in a league match for twenty years and who had their fifth straight victory.
The one at Gewiss Stadium was a tense match, even, in which the balance was broken in the 87th minute with a left-footed shot from outside the area of the Ukrainian Ruslan Malinovsky that ended in the back of the net after an involuntary deflection of the Brazilian Álex Sandro.
Without Cristiano, Juventus played with the Spanish Álvaro Morata and the Argentine Paulo Dybala as starters in attack, but after a good start the athletic strength and “claw” of Atalanta emerged.
The Colombian Duván Zapata was able to overtake the Bergamo team about twenty minutes from the end with a header that went away by a few centimeters and the courage of coach Gian Piero Gasperini, who made offensive changes to beat the current champion, had a prize thanks to Malinovsky .
The Ukrainian took the field alongside the Slovenian Josip Ilicic and the Russian Aleksey Miranchuk and gave his team a victory that brings them closer to their third consecutive participation in the Champions League.
The season of Juventus is complicated, which is now fourth and that could be reached by Naples, fifth, which receives this Sunday the leader Inter Milan, already launched towards the title.
All this, in a year in which he was also eliminated in the knockout stages of the Champions League by Porto.