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Juventus beat Atalanta to lift Coppa Italia

Federico Chiesa’s cool finish earned Andrea Pirlo his first major trophy as a manager as Juventus beat Atalanta 2-1 in the Coppa Italia final.

Atalanta began well as Jose Luis Palomino was denied by the legs of veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon but Dejan Kulusevski bent in a fantastic first-time effort to give Juve the lead.

Ruslan Malinovskyi drilled Atalanta level from just inside the box but Chiesa coolly tucked underneath Pierluigi Gollini to give Juventus, runners-up on penalties to Napoli in 2020, their fifth Coppa Italia in seven seasons.

Atalanta never threatened a second leveller and their frustrations boiled over late on as Rafael Toloi, who had been substituted several minutes earlier, was sent off for dissent shown from the sidelines.

The final was played in front of 4,300 fans at Sassuolo’s Mapei Stadium – the first high-profile football game in Italy to have been played in front of supporters for more than a year following the coronavirus pandemic.

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