Atalanta, Juventus held at home in Serie A

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Atalanta, the team that drew praise and admiration around Europe in recent seasons for their free-flowing attack and abundance of goals, are relying more on its defence these days.

With Luis Muriel having just returned from injury and strike partner Duvan Zapata likely out for another month, Atalanta haven't exactly resembled the unit that produced a whopping 98 goals a couple of years ago.

But with only three goals conceded through six matches, unbeaten Atalanta are the best in the league in that department.

Still, they wasted a chance to reclaim the Serie A lead when held to a 1-1 draw at home by promoted Cremonese on Sunday.

The result left them second, but level on 14 points with leaders Napoli and defending champions AC Milan.

Cremonese defender Emanuele Valeri equalised in the 78th minute for his first goal in the top division, four minutes after center back Merih Demiral had put the hosts ahead.

"It's regretful that we allowed that goal because of a mistake," Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said.

"We mostly dominated."

Cremonese, playing in the top division for the first time in 26 years, gained their first point last weekend against Sassuolo after opening the season with four consecutive losses.

Elsewhere, Udinese moved up to fourth, one point behind the leaders, with a 3-1 comeback win at Sassuolo for their fourth straight victory.

Juventus needed an injury-time equaliser from Leonardo Bonucci to secure a 2-2 draw with visiting Salernitana.

Antonio Candreva had put Salernitana ahead early before Krzysztof Piatek doubled the lead with a penalty before the break.

It marked the first time since 2004 under Marcello Lippi that Juventus trailed a Serie A home match by two or more goals at halftime.

Still unbeaten but with only two wins, Juve moved up to eighth, four points behind Napoli.

Lazio went sixth after beating Hellas Verona, for whom Socceroos midfielder made his debut since leaving Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.

Silvio Berlusconi's Monza earned their first-ever point in the top division with a 1-1 draw at Lecce and Bologna beat visiting Fiorentina 2-1 thanks to Marko Arnautovic's 62nd-minute winner.

Austria striker Arnautovic tops the league scoring chart with six goals in six matches.