Danilo gets a draw after deducting points for the Bianconeri

Juventus responded to the Serie A points drop with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Atalanta as Danilo’s ingenious goal proved Ademola Lookman’s save to be futile.

Juve were deducted 15 points on Friday after an investigation into past transfer deals that the club are set to appeal but struggled to share the spoils at the Allianz Stadium.

Arkadiusz Milik sent the Bianconeri ahead at half-time after Angel Di Maria canceled out Lookman’s opener, but Joakim Maehle immediately restored the balance in the second half.

Lookman overtook Atalanta again, but Danilo capitalized on a clever free-kick home routine that saw Juve – who were third before the penalty – move to ninth place.

A mistake by Wojciech Szczęsny gave Atalanta the lead early in the match as Lookman’s right-footed shot flicked through the keeper’s grip before Manuel Locatelli fired back.

Juve soon equalized after VAR intervening on Ederson Silva’s foul on Nicolo Fagioli, then Di Maria converted a penalty into the bottom right corner.

Fagioli was again crucial as his right wing crossed Milik’s right foot into the bottom right corner, though Juve’s advantage was short-lived after the break.

Lookman rolled into Maehle and overtook Szczęsny before the Nigerian winger headed in Jeremi Boga’s left wing into the far corner seven minutes later.

Danilo hit an arrow from 20 yards against the Atalanta wall and in the bottom left corner to equalize from Di Maria’s routine free-kick, although neither side could find a late winner in a frantic fight.

What does it mean? Another stalemate between Juve and Atalanta

Following the announcement of Juve’s penalty, the club’s lawyers described the decision as a “clear injustice to millions of fans” as the Bianconeri made clear their intentions to appeal the deduction.

While any hope of qualifying for the Champions League may depend on performance off the pitch, Juve’s players responded with a credible performance against Atalanta, now just two points behind the top four.

Still, Juve must be wondering what they need to do to beat Atalanta as this is the eighth deadlock in the last 12 league meetings between the pair – no Serie A game has produced more since 2017.

Live Lookman

Lookman became the fourth Atalanta player to score 10 or more goals after 19 games in his first season in Serie A before reaching 11 goals with a controlled header.

Jorgen Leschly Sorensen (1949-50), Karl Aage Hansen (1949-50) and Poul Rasmussen (1952-53) are the only others to achieve this feat, while Lookman continues to prove his worth to Gian Piero Gasperini.

Juve’s defensive concerns

While a performance against Atalanta’s top four Chasers may be credited, the Bianconeri’s performance in defense may cause concerns for Massimiliano Allegri.

For the first time since November 1988, Juve have conceded eight goals in their last two Serie A matches, following a 5-1 defeat to Napoli and a six-goal thriller here.

What’s next?

Juve host Monza on January 29 and Atalanta take on Sampdoria at home the day before

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