On Sunday, Juventus defeated Atalanta 2-0 to climb up to second place in Serie A. Samuel Iling-Junior, a 19-year-old English forward, scored his first goal as a professional and Dusan Vlahovic added the winning goal in stoppage time.
With four rounds remaining in the season, the win increased Juve’s point total to 66, two points ahead of Lazio and three points ahead of Inter Milan in fourth place.
Giorgio Scalvini came dangerously close to opening the score for Atalanta in the first half with a header that beat Wojciech Szczesny in goal for Juventus but struck the far post.
Iling-Junior created and finished a play that broke through Atalanta’s defense 10 minutes into the second half by receiving a pass from Arkadiusz Milik and blasting the ball in off the underside of the bar.
3 – Iling Jr has become just the third English player to score for Juventus in Serie A, after David Platt (in 1992/93) and William John Jordan (in 1948/49). Coronation. #AtalantaJuventus
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After David Platt and William John Jordan, Iling-Junior became just the third English player to score for Juve in Serie A with the help of the goal.
“I am proud to wear this jersey and to have scored, it is a special moment for me and I thank my coach. (Massimiliano) Allegri is a top coach, he’s important for my growth and my career,” Iling-Junior told DAZN
With the final kick of the match, Vlahovic scored a second goal from a spectacular counterattack to silence the home supporters who had been jeering at him as Atalanta attempted to fight their way back.
The Serbian forward has now scored in back-to-back games to bring his league tally to 10 goals this season after going without a goal in April.
Juventus will now concentrate on their home first-leg Europa League semi-final matchup against Sevilla on Thursday.
Rafael Toloi, a defender for Atalanta, described the loss as “difficult to digest” and said it dealt a setback to their chances of qualifying for the Champions League the next season since they were five points behind fourth place.
“We were not lucky, they are a strong team but we did well,” he said.
“Today we go out with our heads held high, the result could have been different and we think about the next one. There are four games left and we can still have a great season.”