Ronaldo Scores As Juventus Win Ninth Successive Serie A Title
Juventus won Serie A for the ninth successive season when Cristiano Ronaldo set them on the way to a 2-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday.
The 35-year-old broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time with his 31st league goal of the season when Miralem Pjanic from a free kick rolled the ball to Ronaldo who smashed it home. Federico Bernardeschi then added the second in the 67th minute on a rebounded shot from Ronaldo as Juve moved seven points clear of Inter Milan.
Juve, in their first season under coach Maurizio Sarri, clinched the title with two games to spare despite a stuttering run in which they won only one out of five matches before Sunday.
Sarri, who claimed the first major Italian title of his career, blamed their problems on the unique situation caused by the three-month coronavirus stoppage which led to the championship race finishing in a hectic six weeks played at the height of summer.
Juventus have 83 points while Inter, whose coach Antonio Conte led the Turin side to the first three titles of their present run, are on 76 and Atalanta and Lazio have 75 each.
Samp, who have climbed away from the relegation zone in the last few rounds and are 15th, had Morten Thorsby sent off for second bookable offence in the 76th minute.
Juventus lost two players to injury in the first half as defender Danilo had to go of after colliding with Gaston Ramriez and Paulo Dybala suffered a muscular injury to his left leg.