Alex Del Piero scored a magnificent hat-trick as he helped the Bianconeri thrash Atalanta 4-0 to take their Champions League qualifying prospects to safer waters, together with putting his personal chances of being included in Italy’s Euro 2008 squad more possible.
Juventus took the lead early in the first minute, when Nicola Legrottaglie headed in a Del Piero free-kick. Soon after, Atalanta fans were shocked to see the Bianconeri go 2-0 ahead with only a few minutes gone by. Del Piero’s first goal of the match sent the Bianconeri in celebrating in bizarre fashion as no one was expecting the game to take such turn. Atalanta tried to go one step ahead of the Juve defence but the latter never failed and a strong Buffon at goal meant that Atalanta could not find the consolation goal.
On the 34 minute, Del Piero scored his second goal of the match and Juve’s third. In the 19th minute of the second half, the Golden Boy netted his hat-trick as he sent his acclaims to Italy coach Donadoni ahead of the squad selection for this Summer’s tournament.
Legrottaglie was sent off for the Bianconeri late in the match when he was given his second yellow card of the match.
With Roma only acquiring a draw this weekend, Juve can once more put some pressure for second place but as it is unfolding, the only spot that can change in top part of the Italian Serie A is that for fourth place where there are at least three teams battling for a Champions League qualifier.
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