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Juventus beat Atalanta to end three-year trophy drought

Juventus beat Atalanta in the Coppa Italia final to end their trophyless run.


Juventus finally ended their three-year trophy drought by beating Atalanta 1-0 in the Coppa Italia final.

Former Fiorentina man Dusan Vlahovic scored the only goal of the match and it came after just four minutes.

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The Serbia striker was fed by Andrea Cambiaso before finishing from 12 yards out, to give his side the perfect start.

Vlahovic had another goal ruled out later on in the match, while Ademola Lookman hit the woodwork late on.

It was not a perfect night for Juventus, with Massimiliano Allegri being sent off for dissent late on.

The Italian boss has won five Coppa Italia’s during his managerial career and has eased the pressure on his job following the Old Lady’s poor performance in Serie A this season.

Juventus’ cup win marks a record-extending 15th title, while Atalanta must wait to lift their first trophy since 1963.

They will have another chance when they face Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League final next week, but are up against an undefeated German side under the guidance of Xabi Alonso.

Despite Allegri’s dismissal, the 56-year-old managed to compose himself for some interviews post-match.

He said: “I am pretty lucky because Iโ€™ve been part of big clubs. I am still part of a big club so I am very happy.

“Tonight, we must celebrate because we were not favourites.

“We must congratulate Atalanta for how they played.

“Above all, I want to wish them good luck for the Europa League Final. For the rest. Juventus means winning and tonight we did it.”

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.