Sunday, 21 May 2017

Serie A Sunday's Round-up: Juve Seal Ttitle

Juventus clinched a record sixth straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Crotone in the penultimate round on Sunday.
Mario Mandzukic gave Juventus the lead 12 minutes in by redirecting a cross from Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala scored with a precise free-kick shortly before the break and Alex Sandro added another with a header near the end.

Juventus moved four points clear of second-placed Roma, who last Sunday handed the Bianconeri their first Serie A loss since January.

Since Serie A was founded in 1929, no club had previously won more than five straight titles.

It's the second title in five days for Juventus after a 2-0 win over Lazio in the Italian Cup final on Wednesday.

Juventus also added to its record number of Serie A titles, taking their tally to 33.

Juve have a chance to complete the treble with a victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3.

Crotone remain third from the bottom, one point behind Empoli in the battle to avoid being the final club relegated. Empoli were beaten 1-0 at home by fifth-placed Atalanta, who got an early goal from Alejandro Gomez and qualified for the Europa League group phase.

Genoa lifted themselves to safety with a 2-1 win over Torino, with goals from Luca Rigoni and Giovanni Simeone, before Adem Ljajic pulled one back for Torino.

AC Milan ended a run of three seasons without European football by beating Bologna 3-0 to secure sixth place and a spot in the Europa League play-offs. Gerard Deulofeu scored with a volley in the 69th minute, Keisuke Honda added a free-kick four minutes later and Gianluca Lapadula redirected a cross from Mati Fernandez in added time.

Inter Milan came back from a goal down to beat fourth-placed Lazio 3-1 and end an eight-match winless streak. After a penalty from Keita Balde Diao gave Lazio the lead, Marco Andreolli levelled with a header, Wesley Hoedt scored an own goal and Eder added another for Inter.

Lazio ended with nine men after Keita and Senad Lulic each picked up two yellows.

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