Juventus is still in firm control of the Serie A title race, but they were dealt a slight setback as Atalanta secured a 2-2 draw with a dramatic 89th minute equalizer in Bergamo. Dani Alves had given Juventus the lead in the 83rd minute on a header after a brilliant far-post cross by Miralem Pjanic, but Remo Freuler answered late as he grabbed a point. The goal came on a fortunate bounce as Pjanic and substitute Stephen Lichtensteiner got tangled up on the ball and failed to clear, and the ball squirted to Freuler who suddenly found himself free in front of Gianluigi Buffon.
In “normal” years this past decade, a late-season meeting between Juventus and Atalanta would consist of the former either celebrating a league title or being close to it while the latter is just seeing out another season with a mid-table finish. One is the case once more this season. The other is most certainly the exception rather than the rule. Juventus are getting closer and closer to winning their sixth straight Scudetto, something that we’ve known they were going to do for weeks now. Their opponent on Friday night in Bergamo, Atalanta is comfortably five points ahead of the competition for the final European spot Serie A has to offer. That’s not something the club hasn’t been in position