Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta achieved arguably their most impressive result on Wednesday evening as they sent Juventus packing from the Coppa Italia with a dominant 3-0 win in Bergamo.
Juventus’ attempts at defending their crown came to an end in the last eight, as Atalanta booked their place in the semi-finals with an emphatic victory.
It was the in-form Timothy Castagne who put the Bergamaschi ahead shortly after the half-hour mark. The Belgian caught Joao Cancelo sleeping in Juve’s half before striding towards the box. A combination of poor positioning and decision making from Daniele Rugani allowed him to arrive at the edge unchallenged, from where he finished out of Wojciech Szczesny’s reach.
It was too before long and it was always going to be Duvan Zapata, who found the net for a ninth consecutive game for La Dea, also making it three in two against the Coppa Italia and Serie A champions after his brace last month. This time it was Papu Gomez who created the chance, rolling the ball into the Colombian, who turned well and drove a shot in at Szczesny’s near post.
The second half was unusually quiet, particularly from the reigning champions, with Cristiano Ronaldo slipping into a state of invisibility for the majority.
That quietness came to a thunderous end when Zapata rounded Szczesny for a third, capitalising on another calamity in the Juventus backline, with Mattia De Sciglio mindlessly passing the ball back to the goalkeeper, setting the Colombian through.
Bergamo was in party mode from there, with every completed pass receiving a round of cheers from the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.