Allegri joy as Juventus win for first time in a month

JUVETUS WIN Bologna 3-0 to ease recent woes, while Atalanta continued their dream start to the Serie A season with a 1-0 win over Fiorentina to keep them level on points with leaders Napoli.

A routine third league win of the season against a dismal opponent will keep questions about coach Massimiliano Allegri’s future at least until next weekend when they travel to champions AC Milan.

They are seventh, seven points behind leading duo Napoli and Atalanta thanks to Filip Kostic’s first goal for the club midway through the first half and two more after the break from forward duos Dusan Vlahovic and Arkadiusz Milik.

“We hadn’t won a game in a month, when we got back to the dressing room we almost couldn’t believe it,” Allegri told DAZN.

“We have to take one step at a time, hopefully we can close the gap like we did last season.”

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Arkadius Milik of Juventus in action.

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They host Maccabi Haifa ahead of the Milan game on Wednesday, with a win over the Israelis essential to their hopes of reaching the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

Fans of Italy’s biggest club aren’t filling the Allianz Stadium in Turin, nor will they be confident in a home win over Bologna, who are a point above the relegation zone and haven’t shown any signs of improvement since Sinisa Mihajlovic was previously replaced by Thiago Motta this month.

However, Juve were at least a goal threat and are cheered by both Vlahovic, who scored his first league goal since August, and the continued good form of Milik, who scored his fourth goal in seven games since arriving from Marseille.

It was the end of an eventful day that saw Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi make history as the first woman to referee a game in Italy’s top flight, Sassuolo’s 5-0 win over Salernitana.

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Sampdoria sacked coach Marco Giampaolo after his 3-0 humiliation at the hands of Monza – who jumped out of the drop zone – and Fiorentina called for government action over offensive chants directed at their owner Rocco Commisso by Atalanta fans.

While Fiorentina fumed at fans who mocked Commisso’s southern Italian origins, unbeaten Atalanta celebrated thanks to Ademola Lookman, who scored the winner in Bergamo in the 59th minute from a Luis Muriel cross.

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Juventus’ Filip Kostic scores.

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Gian Piero Gasperini’s side trail Napoli on goal difference and three points ahead of third-placed Lazio – who beat Spezia 4-0 on Sunday earlier – and AC Milan.

“I’m just happy to do it in front of our home fans today. When I scored, the stadium rocked, so I was very happy,” Lookman told DAZN.

It was the fifth clean sheet in eight league games for Atalanta, who are less flamboyant than in recent years but now have a solidity that makes them extremely difficult to beat.

There were some nervous moments against Fiorentina, who are 11th after their third loss of the season after missing good opportunities after taking the lead.

Joakim Maehle should have had a brace in the 67th minute when he missed a one-on-one with Pietro Terracciano and moments later Lookman was denied a brace by a superb save from Lucas Martinez Quarta.

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