Juventus win ninth Serie A title in a row

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring deep into first half stoppage time in Turin. (Juventus Twitter)
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring deep into first half stoppage time in Turin. (Juventus Twitter)

Turin - Juventus clinched their 36th 'Scudetto' with two games to spare



By AFP/Reuters

Published: Tue 28 Jul 2020, 1:54 AM

Juventus claimed a ninth Serie A title in a row on Sunday following a 2-0 win over Sampdoria.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring deep into first half stoppage time in Turin and then had a hand in Federico Bernardeschi netting the second after 66 minutes.
Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo missed a late penalty but Maurizio Sarri's side moved seven points ahead of second-placed Inter Milan to seal a 36th 'Scudetto' with two games to spare.
Earlier on Sunday, Serie A leading scorer Ciro Immobile scored a hat trick, taking his tally to 34 league goals this season, as Lazio came from behind to thump Verona 5-1 away on Sunday.
The 30-year-old converted two penalties and scored with a majestic curling shot to leave him two goals short of Gonzalo Higuain's record of 36 goals in a Serie A season with two matches to play.
Fourth-placed Lazio gifted the hosts a penalty in the 38th minute when Luiz Felipe allowed Valentin Eysseric to steal the ball off him and then tripped the Verona player. Morocco midfielder Sofyan Amrabat converted to claim his first goal for Verona.
The visitors levelled with another penalty in the fifth minute of first-half stoppage time after Darko Lazovic clattered into Immobile and handled in the process.
After consulting the pitchside monitor, the referee pointed to the spot and Immobile placed his penalty beyond the reach of Verona's debutant goalkeeper Boris Radunovic.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic put Lazio ahead in the 56th minute from a free kick which took a deflection that wrong-footed Radunovic and Joaquin Correa added another seven minutes later with another deflected shot.
Immobile then produced the best goal of the evening, side-footing a curling shot into the net from Jordan Lukaku's pass before winning and converting another penalty in stoppage time.


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