Alvaro Morata leaves Cristiano Ronaldo bemused by missing open net vs Atalanta

Alvaro Morata somehow missed an open goal by producing a needless back heel in Juventus’ 1-1 draw with Atalanta, leaving team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in disbelief.

The Italian champions dropped two vital points in their clash with Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, with Remo Freuler cancelling out Federico Chiesa’s opener for the hosts.

Those goals came after Morata was left red-faced in Turin, having squandered the chance to break the deadlock after 11 minutes with the entire goal gaping.

The Spaniard was released through on goal and squared the ball to Ronaldo, who was thwarted by Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini and defender Berat Djimsiti.

The ball then fell back to the feet of Morata, who simply needed to tap it into an empty net to fire Juve in front.

Yet instead of that, he bizarrely chose to go for an unnecessary back heel which proved a complete and utter disaster.

The former Chelsea striker produced a weak effort which rolled the wrong side of the post and out for a goal kick, and a bemused Ronaldo looked up at him in bewilderment.

Fortunately for Morata, the linesman raised his flag to indicate he was offside when he first broke through on goal anyway – meaning his blushes were spared to some extent.

In the end it was Ronaldo who cost Juve on the night, missing a crucial penalty for Andrea Pirlo’s side with just a few minutes after Freuler’s equaliser.

Both men have been in solid goalscoring form this season, nonetheless.

Ronaldo, as ever, has been at his ruthless best under Pirlo, scoring 14 goals in 12 appearances for Juve so far in 2020/21.

Morata has produced a return of nine goals in 12 games, although only three of them have come in Serie A.

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Juve now find themselves four points adrift of league leaders AC Milan down in fourth place.

Next up for Pirlo and co is a a trip to Parma on Saturday night, before the visit of Fiorentina next Tuesday in their final outing before a 12-day Christmas break.

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