Juventus held to draw as Napoli rises to top Serie A

Defending Serie A winners Juventus squandered a two-goal cushion after scoring twice within the first half an hour of the game, ended up drawing 2-2 to Atalanta in a hotly contested match full of VAR controversy.

Juventus grabbed their opening goal when Atalanta goalkeeper Etrit Berisha could only parry a long-range effort from Blaise Matuidi right onto the path of an oncoming Federico Bernardeschi, while Gonzalo Higuain doubled Juve’s lead by scoring three minutes later with a smart finish from a tight angle.

However, Atalanta played with determination to get back into the game, and managed to grab their first by pouncing on a rare Gianluigi Buffon error — a spilled dipping free-kick from outside the box that Mattia Caldara scored from close range. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Bryan Cristante later equalized with a perfectly timed run to direct his powerful header into the corner of the goal, and Paulo Dybala saw his last-gasp penalty saved by Berisha.

The result meant that Juve would miss their chance to equalize on points against Napoli, who became the first team in Serie A history to win their opening seven games while scoring 25 goals as they beat Cagliari.

Marek Hamsik put them ahead from six yards out to score his 114th goal for Napoli — just one behind Diego Maradona’s club record of 115 — before Dries Mertens doubled Napoli’s lead with a penalty and Kalidou Koulibaly scored a third from a tight angle.

While Roma won a record 10 successive games at the start of 2013-14 but scored only 20 goals in their first seven. They finished the season 17 points behind champions Juventus.

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