Juventus win sixth Serie A title in a row with Crotone victory
- Author: Julie Sanders May 22, 2017,
May 22, 2017, 3:01
Juventus beatn Crotone 3-0 to win their sixth consecutive league title.
Mandzukic got them off the mark in the 12th minute, arriving at the far-post to turn in Juan Cuadrado's low cross, calming nerves at the Juventus Stadium and from then, the result was never in doubt.
However, goals from Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro gave Juve a 3-0 win in Turin that ensures they can not be caught on the final day. The only other Italian team to capture the treble was Inter Milan, doing so under Jose Mourinho's watch in 2010. However, after returning to the same ground on Wednesday to lift the Coppa Italia courtesy of a 2-0 win over Lazio, a clearly reinvigorated Bianconeri were in no mood for another slip-up when they took to the field in Turin to face Crotone.
Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah and his Juventus side could be declared winners of the Italian Serie A before even playing their final game tomorrow.
The Turin side made history by winning a record of six straight Serie A titles and carved its name on the trophy for the 33rd time in history. Allegri convinced Mario Mandzukic to take a role out wide on the left, a switch that, despite a comparative lack of goals, brought the best out of the Croatian striker who has won extra plaudits for some dogged defensive displays. Although coach Massimiliano Allegri picked his targets, most of the credit will go to general director Beppe Marotta, who thanks to some shrewd negotiating added quality to the squad - and at a cut-price cost. Roma, who are second, have conceded 33.
Crotone remain a point shy of Empoli and safety heading into their season-ending clash against Lazio next weekend.
Gerard Deulofeu opened the scoring after 69 minutes, before Keisuke Honda doubled the lead with a fine free-kick.
Luca Rigoni and Giovanni Simeone gave Grifone some reason to be cheerful towards the end of a dire campaign, with Adem Ljajic leaving it until late to grab a consolation goal for Torino.
Inter's last win was a 7-1 rout of Atalanta in mid-March, the Nerazzurri going on to lose six in an eight-match winless streak that saw coach Stefano Pioli sacked two weeks ago. Their last home defeat in Serie A was in August 2015, 1-0 against Udinese.