Juventus crowned Serie A champions
ROME – Juventus secured a 34th Serie A title, their seventh in a row, with a 0-0 draw against Roma on Sunday. Napoli defeated Sampdoria 2-0 in Genoa, although recent dropped points leaves the champions out of reach with just one game to play.
Juventus celebrated at the Stadio Olimpico for a second time in five days after sealing the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night.
Massimiliano Allegri, who has been heavily tipped to take over at Arsenal following the departure of Arsene Wenger, also confirmed his commitment to the Bianconeri on a triumphant day in the Italian capital.
“If they don't fire me, then I think I’m staying at Juventus next year too,” he said.
Allegri boasts an outstanding record as Juventus manager, having claimed every domestic trophy available during his four-year tenure.
Inter Milan wasted an opportunity to pile the pressure on fourth-place Lazio; a 2-1 loss to Sassuolo at the San Siro dents their hopes of Champions League qualification, although they do face the Biancocelesti in Rome on the final day of the season.
A 1-1 draw, meanwhile, between Atalanta and AC Milan leaves the last automatic Europa League spot in the balance. Gennaro Gattuso’s side sit one point above the Nerazzurri, hosting Fiorentina this weekend.
Only two points separate the five teams who will lock horns in a relegation shoot-out this weekend. Chievo clinched an enormous three points away to Bologna after falling behind to an early penalty. Second-half goals from Emanuele Giaccherini and Roberto Inglese sent the Gialloblu flying up to 14th place, and they now face bottom of the league, Benevento, to secure safety.
An unlikely victory for Udinese brought an end to their miserable 14-game winless run. Antonín Barák’s first-half goal was enough to avoid their drop into the danger zone, but Igor Tudor’s side still face a nervy decisive fixture against Fiorentina on Sunday.
Crotone, who slipped to 18th position, did manage a point against Champions League-chasing Lazio, but the result may prove insufficient as they conceded a late equaliser through a Sergej Milinković-Savić strike. Last week’s loss to Chievo appears increasingly costly with the Calabria side preparing to face Napoli to determine their Serie A future.
Benevento 1-0 Genoa
Inter Milan 1-2 Sassuolo
Crotone 2-2 Lazio
Verona 0-1 Udinese
Fiorentina 0-1 Cagliari
Torino 2-1 SPAL
Bologna 1-2 Chievo
Atalanta 1-1 AC Milan
Roma 0-0 Juventus
Sampdoria 0-2 Napoli