Juventus seal Serie A title in style

Turin giants thrash Crotone 3-0 to clinch third consecutive domestic double


Reuters May 21, 2017
Juventus players celebrate with fans after Juventus' forward from Croatia Mario Mandzukic scored during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Crotone at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on May 21, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

MILAN: Juventus became the first team to win Serie A six times in a row after thrashing Crotone on Sunday.

The Turing giants, who needed a win in their remaining two matches to seal the title, did it in style with a 3-0 victory over Davide Nicola’s men.

Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro shared the goals as the Old Lady completed a record domestic double for the third consecutive time with one league game to spare.

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The win over their relegation-threatened opponents, put Juventus four points clear of AS Roma who won 5-3 at Chievo on Saturday.

Juventus, who are Italy's most successful side in domestic terms with 33 league titles, will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3 when they will attempt to complete the treble.

Crotone had won five and drawn two of their last seven games but were only able to resist for 12 minutes until Mandzukic got in front of his marker to turn in Juan Cuadrado's low cross at the far post.

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Dybala curled in a stunning 25-metre free kick six minutes before halftime and Alex Sandro completed the scoring in the 83rd minute with a shot which hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced down and crossed the goal line by centimetres.

Atalanta clinched fifth place and a spot in the Europa League group stage by winning 1-0 at Empoli and AC Milan made sure of sixth place, and a place in the Europa League qualifiers, by beating Bologna 3-0.

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