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      29.01.2019 12:00 - in: Coppa Italia S

      When Juve lift the Coppa via Bergamo

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      In 1960 & 2018 the Bianconeri beat Atalanta en route to winning the trophy

      In 1960 and 2018 Juventus won the Coppa Italia having had to play difficult games in Bergamo against Atalanta en route to the final. 

      Here's a look back at both instances:

      PART 1: 1960

      The match between Atalanta and Juventus on 6 April 1960 is also the first time that the two teams face each other in the Coppa Italia. It would a game that would more than go the distance, and in similar fashion to this week's match in 2019, it was a straight knockout quarter-final.

      The Bianconeri get off to a quick start with a goal from Severino Lojodice, despite the goalkeeper looking like he may have kept it out off the line. Juve score a second to head into half time two goals to the good, thanks to a stunning left-footed free-kick from Omar Sivori.

      However, in the second half Atalanta manage to recover, with a goal by Rinaldo Olivieri and a penalty converted by a future Juventus coach, Rino Marchesi to send the game into extra-time. 

      The sides still cannot be separated so the game goes to penalty kicks. At the time both sides would nominate one player to take them all, and both Marchesi for Atalanta and Antonio Montico score their six penalties. Also, unlike in the modern era of sudden-death, the game would then be decided by a coin toss. Juventus captain, Umberto Colombo chose heads on the 100 lire coin flip and lady luck saw the Bianconeri advance to the semi-finals where they would beat Lazio. 

      PART 2: 2018

      Last year's match was a semi-final first leg, and Juventus got off to a flyer after three minutes, as a great through-pass by Sami Khedira was finished off by Gonzalo Higuain to slot pass Etrit Berisha.

      Midway through the first half Atalanta has the opportunity to draw level from the penalty spot, however Gianluigi Buffon saves Papu Gomez' spot-kick with an excellent save. Juve would then draw from this and go on to have a few opportunities to double their lead before half-time only to be denied.

      Buffon was again called upon in the second half to preserve the Bianconeri's lead with another decisive save, this time from Hans Hateboer. The match finished 1-0 to Juventus, who would go on to win by the same scoreline in the second leg at Allianz Stadium, thanks to Miralem Pjanic's penalty, that would see them through to the final.

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