GONZALO HIGUAIN gave Juventus an early lead towards Atalanta — apparently.
Whereas the referee utterly missed a penalty shout for handball. However each incidents have been troublesome to make out as a result of intense fog.
Juventus, who’ve received the Coppa Italia in every of the previous three seasons, raced out the blocks.
Argentinian striker Higuain appeared to ghost previous three defenders earlier than slotting into the underside nook to offer his facet a three-minute lead.
And moments later, Papu Gomez tried to reap the benefits of the climate, with a protracted vary lob over the returning Gianluigi Buffon. However he bought his angles all fallacious.
Nonetheless, the Atalanta striker was ultimately given a possibility to attain from 12 yards when the referee awarded a penalty, having consulted VAR.
Marten De Roon’s backheel struck Medhi Benatia on the hand.
The referee allowed play to go on earlier than watching a replay following the primary stoppage in play and pointing to the spot.
PARTY LIKE IT’S 1995 Soccer panorama when Gianluigi Buffon made skilled debut
However Buffon, who turned 40 on Sunday, celebrated his birthday in type as he parried Gomez’s tame spot-kick.
The house had extra about them within the second interval, however didn’t create any actual alternatives.
Regardless of being on the again foot for a lot of the half, Juventus nonetheless created a lot of the probabilities — with Higuain going shut late on.
Buffon, in his brilliant orange equipment, seemed as safe as ever in his first match after coming into his fourth decade — and nonetheless had time to provide a surprising late save.
With full-time looming, Buffon confirmed cat-like reflexes to return out and block the shot when Hans Hateboer had been performed by way of.
Atalanta have been final season’s shock package deal in Serie A and the one Italian crew Juventus confronted and didn’t beat within the calendar 12 months 2017.
However, regardless of having fun with the higher of the second half, they failed to seek out the equaliser.
All hope shouldn’t be misplaced, although, as Atalanta shocked Napoli away from residence within the final spherical — and that can give them hope for the return leg in Turin.