Juventus bag eighth consecutive Serie A title with win over Fiorentina
Juventus put their exit from the UEFA Champions League behind them by sealing their eighth consecutive Serie A title with five games to spare after beating Fiorentina 2-1 in a match staged at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday 20th April.
Juventus went into the game needing only a point to be crowned champions for a record eighth consecutive time but looked to be suffering from Champions League hangover earlier on. Fiorentina grabbed a shock lead in the sixth minute when Nikola Milenkovic capitalized on a defensive mix up from Juventus to fire in the ball from just outside the six-yard box.
Fiorentina almost doubled their lead in the 34th minute but the post came to Juventus' rescue when Kevin Mirallas fed Federico Chiesa who let loose of a ferocious shot that hit the right post with a right footed effort from outside the box as the strike looked to have beat Wojciech Szczesny in goal.
Fiorentina were meant to rue their missed chance three minutes later when Miralem Pjanic delivered a corner to the near post that was headed in by Alex Sandro who flicked on the ball and beat Alban Lafont in goal for his first goal of the season.
Federico Chiesa was having an unlucky day in front of goal as he again found the woodwork with a left footed shot from outside the box that bounced on the pitch and back into the field of play. Both teams headed into the half time break locked at 1-1.
Pezzella own goal
Juventus went ahead for the first time in the game went Cristiano Ronaldo produced a lung-bursting run from the right channel to cut back the ball across the face of goal only to be turned in by Germán Pezzella for an own goal as he stuck his foot out in an attempt to block the ball in the 53rd minute.
With the trophy in the bag, Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first player ever to win the Premier League (with Manchester United), LaLiga (with Real Madrid) and Serie A (with Juventus).