Juventus ousted by Atalanta, knocked out of Coppa Italia

Massimiliano Allegri was sent from the touchline as Juventus' dominance of the Coppa Italia was ended by Atalanta.

Josip Ilicic competes for the ball with Giorgio Chiellini during Atalanta's 3-0 win over Juventus on Wednesday.   -  Getty Images

Juventus' hopes of a fifth successive domestic double were extinguished after it was knocked out of the Coppa Italia by Atalanta in a 3-0 quarterfinal defeat that marked its first domestic loss of the season and saw Massimiliano Allegri sent off.

The Bianconeri went into Wednesday's tie in Bergamo on the back of an extremely unconvincing performance in a 2-1 Serie A win over Lazio that sent the side 11 points clear at the top.

And it was underwhelming again at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia and was undone by an Atalanta side that is the most prolific in Serie A, having scored 47 goals.

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Gian Piero Gasperini's men dominated from the outset and Timothy Castagne's 37th-minute strike and Duvan Zapata's 19th goal of the season proved enough to set up a semifinal with Fiorentina, with the frustration that fuelled Allegri's dismissal after the second goal increased late on when a defensive mix up allowed Zapata to double his tally as its dominance of the competition ended.

Atalanta will have been buoyed by its stirring comeback against Roma on Sunday and Alejandro Gomez forced Wojciech Szczesny to turn behind with a fine effort from outside the box.

The host saw Josip Ilicic forced off through injury while Juve was dealt a significant blow when Giorgio Chiellini motioned to the bench that he could not continue.

It was his replacement, Joao Cancelo, one of the heroes of Juve's fightback at Lazio at the weekend, who was at fault for the opener. Cancelo was dispossessed by Castagne, who then surged towards the edge of the box and bent an effort beyond Szczesny and into the bottom-right corner.

And 125 seconds later Szczesny was beaten again in stunning fashion as the in-form Zapata turned and fired a fierce effort inside the Poland international's near-post, with a furious Allegri sent from the dugout in the aftermath after an exchange with the fourth official.

Juve improved after the interval and Daniele Rugani skimmed the woodwork with a header but it offered little thereafter and a terrible error by Mattia De Sciglio allowed Zapata to round Szczesny for his second as Allegri watched forlornly on from the stands.

What does it mean? - Juve invincible no more

While a first domestic loss for Juve is unlikely to provide hope for those vainly pursuing it in the title race, its inability to find the net and its sloppy play at the back will provide plenty of encouragement to an Atletico Madrid team that is extremely talented at both ends of the pitch ahead of its Champions League last 16, first leg next month.

Zapata reaches 20-goal mark

Though Zapata was aided by some questionable goalkeeping from Szczesny and some ponderous play from De Sciglio, the clinical manner in which he dispatched his double was indicative of a forward who has been one of the best in European football this season and now has 20 goals in all competitions.

Cancelo's Bergamo blunder

Pivotal to its revival in Rome, Cancelo's performance could not have been more contrasting to the one he produced at the Stadio Olimpico. He dallied on the ball for the opener and did more to hinder Juve's cause than help it on an evening he will want to quickly forget.

What's next?

Parma's visit is unlikely to provide a stumbling block for Juve in its seemingly inevitable march to the Scudetto. Seventh-placed Atalanta visits Cagliari as it pushes for the top four.

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