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Juventus beat Palermo to clinch Serie A crown

Published: Sunday 5 May 2013, 17.19CET
Juventus have sewn up their 29th Serie A title as a 1-0 win against US Città di Palermo lifted Antonio Conte's side 14 points clear of second-placed SSC Napoli with three games to play.

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Published: Sunday 5 May 2013, 17.19CET

Juventus beat Palermo to clinch Serie A crown

Juventus have sewn up their 29th Serie A title as a 1-0 win against US Città di Palermo lifted Antonio Conte's side 14 points clear of second-placed SSC Napoli with three games to play.

Juventus have been crowned champions of Italy for a second consecutive season after their 1-0 win against US Città di Palermo took them beyond the reach of closest pursuers SSC Napoli, who beat FC Internazionale Milano 3-1.

Needing just a point from their last four games, Antonio Conte's side were not in the mood to wait and boosted their tally by three thanks to Arturo Vidal's 59th-minute penalty, Massimo Donati having upended Mirko Vučinić. The only blotch on an otherwise memorable day for the Bianconeri came when Paul Pogba was sent off seven minutes from time.

"It's a huge weight off our shoulders – a responsibility we've had from the start of the season," commented goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who joined the club in 2001. "When you're favourites and expected to win, it's only yours to lose. We did well.

"I've really enjoyed this particular Scudetto triumph; we've shown our group spirit right from the first match," he added. "We never put a foot wrong when it counted and, in recent matches, we took the decisive steps by winning difficult games that were anything but guaranteed victories."

Juve's win lifted them 14 points clear of Napoli, until Walter Mazzarri's men responded by beating Inter in the evening kick-off. Edinson Cavani struck a hat-trick – his second goal a penalty – to put paid to the eight-placed Nerazzurri.

As for AC Milan, they tightened their grip on third place by overcoming Torino FC 1-0 courtesy of Mario Balotelli's 84th-minute winner, while Miroslav Klose plundered five goals in the space of 40 minutes as S.S. Lazio routed Bologna FC 6-0. Elsewhere, Udinese Calcio consigned UC Sampdoria to a 3-1 reverse and Parma FC eased past Atalanta BC 2-0.

At the bottom end of the table, Pescara Calcio were relegated following a 4-1 loss against Genoa CFC, who strode three points clear of the drop zone. AC Siena remain firmly in the relegation mire, meanwhile, after succumbing 3-0 at Calcio Catania.

Last updated: 04/12/13 5.30CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 08/05/2013 16:05 CET

05/05/2013

NapoliNapoli3-1InternazionaleInternazionale

Cavani 3, 33 (P), 78

Álvarez 23 (P)

Venue: Napoli

05/05/2013

JuventusJuventus1-0PalermoPalermo

Vidal 59 (P)

Venue: Torino

05/05/2013

CataniaCatania3-0SienaSiena

Bergessio 14, 52, 71

Venue: Catania

05/05/2013

GenoaGenoa4-1PescaraPescara

Floro Flores 19, Borriello 30, 54, Bertolacci 70

Sculli 35

Venue: Genova

05/05/2013

MilanMilan1-0TorinoTorino

Balotelli 84

Venue: Milano

05/05/2013

LazioLazio6-0BolognaBologna

Klose 21, 36, 39, 50, 61, Hernanes 31

Venue: Roma

05/05/2013

ParmaParma2-0AtalantaAtalanta

Parolo 45, Biabiany 58

Venue: Parma

05/05/2013

UdineseUdinese3-1SampdoriaSampdoria

Di Natale 29, 52, Muriel 87

Éder 34

Venue: Udine

04/05/2013

FiorentinaFiorentina0-1RomaRoma

Osvaldo 90+2

Venue: Firenze

04/05/2013

ChievoChievo0-0CagliariCagliari

Venue: Verona

Standings

*Atalanta BC have had 2 points deducted
*UC Sampdoria have had 1 points deducted
*Torino FC have had 1 points deducted
*AC Siena have had 6 points deducted
Last updated: 08/05/2013 16:05 CET

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