Juventus president Andrea Agnelli gets one year ban over ticket selling scandal

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has been banned for a year for his role in the sale of match tickets to mafia-linked supporters’ groups.
The 41-year-old was also fined 20,000 euros (£17,600), while Juventus must pay 300,000 euros (£264,000) and three other club officials were banned.
Agnelli was accused of helping to sell tickets – later resold at a huge profit – to ‘ultras’ fans, some with alleged links to organised crime.

He and the club plan to appeal.

Prosecutor Giuseppe Pecoraro had requested a 30-month suspension and 50,000 euro (£44,000) fine for Agnelli at the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) hearing.
Pecoraro had also called for Juventus to be ordered to play two games behind closed doors.

“I’m partly satisfied because we’ve been able to prove the guilt of everyone involved, but the findings were so serious that, in my opinion, they should have been punished more, so we’ll appeal,” Pecoraro told AFP after the hearing.
“I think going to another court will be useful, bearing in mind they went to organised crime, and that is very serious,” he added.

Agnelli has denied dealing with Rocco Dominello, a supporter said to be close to the Calabria-based N’drangheta mafia group.

He did, however, recall meeting Dominello – who was sentenced to seven years in jail – according to AFP.

The court said Agnelli was not guilty of knowingly meeting with Dominello, and wrote in its ruling he was “totally unaware” of any illegality.

Investigators had been looking into whether Juventus gave tickets to ‘ultras’ fans to avoid violence or racial abuse in the stands that might bring fines or docked points.

Such a large number of tickets had been given out over such a long period of time that rules on contributing to fan clubs would have been violated, the FIGC ruling said, although there was insufficient proof the recipients were touts or criminals.

Agnelli, a member of the family that owns Fiat Chrysler, said in May he met the ‘ultras’ to make sure they did not feel discriminated against, and to avoid “problems of public order”.

“Obviously the sentence disappoints us, even though the charges were revised,” said his lawyer, Franco Coppi.

Six-time defending Serie A champions Juventus had said they would not request Agnelli to step down if he was found guilty.
Earlier this month, Agnelli was appointed president of the European Club Association(ECA), succeeding Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The ECA represents the interests of a group of influential clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona.

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Serie A result: Higuain and Dybala inspire Juventus to victory over Chievo

Juventus 3 – 0 Chievo Verona

Serie A champions Juventus maintained their 100% winning start to the season with a comfortable victory over Chievo.

The hosts went in front through Perparim Hetemaj’s own goal after the Finnish midfielder inadvertently headed in from Miralem Pjanic’s cross.

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri introduced Dybala from the bench following the break and the tricky forward inspired Higuain’s fine finish before rubber-stamping the three points himself.

After dispatching Chievo, the Champions League finalists face the trickier prospect of a European curtain-raiser against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

The champions got their opener in the 17th minute as Pjanic’s free-kick to the near post confused Hetemaj, the Finn nodding the ball beyond Stefano Sorrentino in his panicked bid to clear the danger.

Chievo did not hang their heads, though, and Valter Birsa found Manuel Pucciarelli for a solid chance before teeing up Ivan Radovanovic for a drive that Wojciech Szczesny did well to parry.

Pjanic rattled the bar with a trademark rocket as the half-hour mark drew near and his new team-mate Blaise Matuidi tried to repeat the trick, instead fizzing the ball past a post.

Just before the break Pucciarelli got Szczesny working with a weak finish — the Pole was making his Juve debut following a summer switch from Arsenal, thus affording Gianluigi Buffon a timely rest ahead of the Barca test to come.

Chievo remained bright and willing when play resumed — until the 58th minute at least.


Substitute Dybala, on for the ineffective Douglas Costa, found Pjanic who slid the ball forward for Higuain to blast into the top corner.

Dybala then tried to make a more direct impact on the match by dribbling past the entire Chievo team, only falling short when the last man took the ball from his feet.

The scorer of the third goal looked predestined and indeed it was Dybala who scored it, the former Palermo man weaving his way past three yellow shirts before slotting past Sorrentino.

Juventus sign Benedikt Howedes on a season-long loan from Schalke

Schalke’s 2014 World Cup-winning defender Benedikt Howedes has signed for Italian champions Juventus on a season-long loan.
Howedes, 29, has spent his career at Schalke and was captain of the German club for six years.

Juventus said they have paid an initial 3.5m euros (£3.22m) for the loan, which will rise to 13.5m euros (£11.96m) if he plays 25 times this season.


They also have an option to buy Howedes at the season’s end for 3.5m euros.

Howedes has played 44 times for Germany, including in the 2014 World Cup finalwhen Joachim Low’s side beat Argentina 1-0 in Rio.

Juventus, who reached last season’s Champions League final,are seeking a seventh successive Serie A title.

They have started this season with back-to-back wins over Cagliari and Genoa, while Massimiliano Allegri’s team have been drawn in the same Champions League group as Barcelona, Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon.

He departs Schalke having been one of the longest-serving players in the Bundesliga, joining the club from SG Herten-Langenbochum as a 13-year-old in 2001.

There had been plenty interest from clubs all over Europe with Howedes focused on a move away from Gelsenkirchen.

“It is clear that I received inquiries from other clubs,” he told Funke media group earlier this summer. “It is the nature that my advisor checks and answers.

“I’ve always said that I would exclude a change within the league, but I can imagine a transfer outside the country. But the time for that, as of today, has not arrived.”

Serie A results: Juventus cruise at home against Cagliari; Napoli win away Hellas Verona

Juventus 3 – 0 Cagliari

Hellas Verona 1 – 3 SSC Napoli

  • Juventus 3 – 0 Cagliari

Juventus launched their bid for a seventh successive Serie A title with a routine 3-0 home win over Cagliari on Saturday.

Mario Mandzukic drilled home with a low shot after good approach play from Stephan Lichtsteiner to put Juve in control after just 12 minutes.

But Cagliari rallied and earned a penalty when Alex Sandro upended Duje Cop, but Gianluigi Buffon comfortably saved Diego Farias’ spot kick, and after that Juve quickly regained control.

Miralem Pjanic played in Paula Dybala and the Argentina forward did the rest, firing into the top corner to double the hosts’ lead.

Sandro then atoned for conceding the penalty by teeing up Gonzalo Higuain for Juve’s third, with the Argentina hitman slotting home with ease.

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi joined the fray late on for his Juve debut, fresh from his midweek switch from Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Hellas Verona 1 – 3 SSC Napoli

Napoli coasted to a 3-1 opening-weekend win at Hellas Verona, hitting their Serie A stride with precious little fuss or trouble on the road.

The hosts were in trouble just after the half-hour, when Samuel Souprayen put through his own net to gift Napoli early control. Napoli quickly doubled their lead thanks to a rapid counter-attack.

Lorenzo insigne played in Arkaduisz Milik and the Poland striker fired home to cap a flowing break.

Faouzi Ghoulam blasted home the third just past the hour to kill the contest.

Verona managed to scramble a consolation however, after Elseid Hysaj upended Alex Ferrari for a penalty.

Hysaj was sent off and Pazzini converted the spot-kick, but in reality all Verona’s late goal did was gloss the scoreline.

Juventus sign Blaise Matuidi from PSG

Blaise Matuidi has joined Juventus in an initial €20 million deal after a six-year spell with Paris Saint-Germain.

France international midfielder Matuidi completed a medical in Turin on Thursday and has signed a three-year contract with the Serie A champions.

The transfer fee could raise an additional €10.5m with add-ons based on the number of appearances the 30-year-old makes with Juve.

Matuidi won 16 domestic trophies at PSG and was named as 2015’s French Player of the Year as well as twice being voted into the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.

His final PSG appearance, at Guingamp’s Stade de Roudourou on Sunday, was his 400th in Ligue 1.

PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi said of Matuidi’s exit:

“I will always have great memories of Blaise’s six seasons with our club. He is a player who played every match with generosity and a permanent desire to win everything, earning admiration from everyone.

“Blaise will remain in our hearts and he will always be welcome in the big PSG family. We wish him every success in his first challenge abroad and every success with the France national team in this World Cup season.”

Sylvain Armand, a former PSG player, said Matuidi would have preferred to stay at the club but decided to move once it became clear he was no longer an integral part of coach Unai Emery’s plans.

Armand told Le Parisien:

“Even if he played a lot last season, he quickly realised this campaign that he was not going to get the same playing time.

“He and Juventus will be happy together. It is a shame for PSG, because Blaise always gave absolutely everything. He was in love with the club. He would have preferred to continue his Parisian adventure.”

Lazio edge Juventus to win Italian Super Cup

Juventus 2-3 Lazio

Lazio beat Juventus 3-2 to win the Italian Super Cup following a thrilling finale at the Stadio Olimpico.

Simone Inzaghi’s side led 2-0 thanks to Ciro Immobile’s double, the first from a penalty and the second a fine header after the break.

Paulo Dybala launched a one-man comeback at the death, steering home a free-kick with five minutes remaining before converting a spot-kick, but Alessandro Murgia rescued the cup for Lazio.

This pre-season triumph also served as prompt revenge for the Bianconeri, who lost the Coppa Italia final to Juve back in May.

Southampton sign Mario Lemina on a five-year deal from Juventus

Southampton have signed midfielder Mario Lemina from Juventus for £15.6m.

The 23-year-old Gabon international has put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Saints.

Juventus confirmed in a statement on their official website the deal was worth 17million euros (£15.6m), which could increase by a further three million euros (£2.77m).

The transfer is believed to be a club record deal.

Their previous record signing was Moroccan attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal, who joined from French side Lille for £16m in August 2016.

Lemina said on http://www.southamptonfc.com:

“I am really happy to have signed for Southampton. I think that it was the project that attracted me the most and the one my family was really behind.”

Lemina started his career in France with Lorient before joining Marseille in 2013.

The midfielder signed initially on loan with Juventus in 2015 and after completing a permanent transfer last summer, went on to help the Bianconeri win the Serie A title as well as reach the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Southampton vice chairman Les Reed feels Lemina will be a welcome addition to Mauricio Pellegrino’s squad.

“Mario is an outstanding talent who has already achieved a great deal in his career, winning a number of titles and gaining experience of playing on some of the biggest stages in world football,” Reed said.

“Investing in a player of Mario’s quality and buying from a club like Juventus is a significant statement of intent from the club, and this is a purchase that has set another club-record fee.

“Mario still has his best years ahead of him, and we believe that he will not only be an excellent acquisition for us in the immediate future, but that he will also be able to realise even more of his potential here in the years to come.

“In a volatile market with some extraordinary and inexplicable transfers taking place, we are determined to go about our work in a diligent and correct way. This is a player who has won trophies and played in the Champions League final less than three months ago and he has signed for Saints amid a host of suitors.

“Mario will complement what is already an extremely strong group of midfield players in our squad, and we are excited about what he will bring to the group.”

Juventus sign Federico Bernardeschi from Fiorentina on a five-year deal

Juventus have signed Fiorentina forward Federico Bernardeschi on a five-year deal for £35m.

The 23-year-old, who scored 11 league goals last season, has spent three years in Florence.

Bernardeschi, who has nine senior Italy caps, impressed during this summer’s European Under-21 Championship, and Juve described him as one of Europe’s “most promising attacking talents”.

Juve are looking to win the league title for the seventh successive year.

Prior to Bernardeschi’s signing, they had already recruited Wojciech Szczesny, Juan Cuadrado, Medhi Benatia and Douglas Costa.

Bernardeschi is now expected to travel to the United States, where Juventus are on a pre-season tour.

AC Milan seal the 40m Euro signing of Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus; Mattia De Sciglio move to the opposite direction

​AC Milan have signed Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus for a reported 40m euros (£35.1m).
Bonucci has signed a five-year deal with the 18-time champions, who have spent about £160m this  summer.
The Italy international, capped 70 times, joined the Milan club last week subject to a medical.

The 30-year-old spent seven years at Juventus, making 319 appearances and winning six consecutive Serie A titles.
Milan coach Vincenzo Montella said: “Technically, I think that he and Sergio Ramos are the strongest central defenders in the world.”

Bonucci becomes the fourth defender AC Milan have signed this summer following the arrivals of centre-back Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal for £16m, left-back  Ricardo Rodriguez from  Wolfsburg for £16mand right-back Andrea Conti for £21.4m.
AC Milan have also brought midfielders Franck Kessie, Hakan Calhanoglu and Lucas  Biglia, along with forwards Andre Silvaand Fabio Borini, in what has been a very busy summer so far in the transfer market.
The Rossoneri are also in  talks to sign Andrea  Belotti from Torino after  missing out on Alvaro  Morata and Pierre- Emerick Aubameyangand have held discussions  with Bayern Munich  about signing Portuguese midfielder Renato  Sanches.

Meanwhile, Juve completed the signing of full-back Mattia de Sciglio, 24, from Milan for £10.64m.

De Sciglio moves in the opposite direction as a replacement for Dani Alves at right back for Juventus.

Juventus made the announcement on Thursday that De Sciglio was joining from AC Milan and signed a five-year contract with the Serie A champions.

Alves was released by Juventus in June and subsequently joined Paris Saint-Germain.

The 24-year-old has 31 caps for Italy.

A statement on their website said: “Juventus are adding a player with versatility, skill and an international pedigree.”
Bonucci’s move means he becomes the world’s most expensive player aged 30 or over, surpassing the  £22.5m Roma paid Fiorentina for striker Gabriel Batistuta in 2000.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny joins Juventus on a four-year deal

​Wojciech Szczesny has completed a reported £10million move from Arsenal to Serie A champions Juventus.

The Poland international has agreed a four-year contract with the Serie A champions, where he will provide competition for Gianluigi Buffon
The Pole fell out of favour at the Emirates when Arsene Wenger opted to bring Petr Cech to the club two years ago, and enjoyed a good season on loan at Roma last season.

However, it is Roma’s Serie A rivals Juventus who has won the race to sign the goalkeeper permanently, even though he knows he’ll have to play second fiddle to “legend” Gianluigi Buffon for the time being.

The Polish international played 38 times for Roma last season and kept 14 clean sheets – the most in Serie A.

“I’m delighted to be at Juventus,” he told reporters.

“I’ve spoken to Gianluigi Buffon — a true legend of the game.

“When you join Juve, it’s because you’ve been chosen. I didn’t hesitate one moment before coming here

“I’m ready to take on this challenge, Juventus is the best possible choice for my career. I’m 27 years old and I want to win.

“At this club there’s the right mentality to do so — I hope that we’ll succeed in winning the Champions League.”

Leonardo Bonucci have medicals at Milan ahead of shock €40m move from Juventus

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci appears poised to complete a shock move to Serie A rivals AC Milan.
Bonucci was seen arriving at the Casa Milan headquarters on Friday, with his car greeted by around 200 excited fans as it drove past.
It marks a return to San Siro for Bonucci, who began his career with Milan’s foes Inter, but he made only one substitute appearance in the league along with a handful of Coppa Italia matches.

An agreement between the two clubs over a fee believed to be €40 million was reportedly struck in the early hours of the morning, paving the way for one of the most unexpected transfers in recent Serie A history.

Only a few weeks ago, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said that Bonucci would be the “leader of the Juventus dressing room.”

That no longer seems the case, however, with Bonucci now in Milan for a medical and to discuss personal terms, which could reportedly make him Serie A’s highest-paid player amid suggestions of a €7.5m annual contract.

A day earlier the Lazian centre-back – a 70-time Italy international – sparked intrigue among Juve fans by tweeting: “Back to work. I’m ready to start again!”

Their initially faint fears appear to be well-founded as the player for so long part of a solid three-man defence alongside Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli is about to depart the Allianz Stadium.
He had loan spells at Serie B sides Treviso and Pisa before he joined Genoa in 2009. However, he was almost immediately transferred to Bari in a co-ownership deal.

He was ever-present in his one season with Bari, forming a strong central-defensive partnership with Andrea Ranocchia, before being snapped up by Juve.
Bonucci has won Serie A in each of the last six seasons with Juve, and also won the league title with Milan’s city rivals Inter in 2006.

Daniel Alves bids emotional farewell to Juventus fans ahead of next move

Dani Alves has taken to social media to confirm his departure from Juventus and pen a heartfelt goodbye to the club’s supporters.

“I would like to thank all the Juventus fans for the year I’ve had, to my team-mates who welcomed me like the professionals they are, for a club that wins and reaches finals.

“I think that my respect for this club and its supporters was my dedication, my passion and all my effort to make the club greater every single day.
“I apologise to the Juventus fans if sometimes they thought I had done something to offend them. I never had that intention, I just live very spontaneously and few people understand it. Even though it appears that I am not perfect, my heart is pure.

“Today our professional relationship ends and I will carry with me all of those who with love and a true heart make Juve a great club.”

Alves also thanked Marotta and said that money never plays a part in his footballing decisions.
“As everyone knows, I always say what I think and feel, so I feel that I should say thank you to Mr Marotta for the opportunity he gave me, he’s a great professional and someone who loves his job like few others,” he added.

“I don’t play football for money, I play football because I love the profession and those who are part of it. I leave it up to you to judge what I have done and worked for. I love football and money will never take me to any other place.”

Juventus confirm imminent release, as Manchester City move nears


​Juventus have confirmed that Dani Alves will be released from his current contract, further clearing the way for Manchester City to secure a deal for the former Barcelona defender.
Alves won three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues during Guardiola’s four years in charge at the Camp Nou before leaving for Juventus on a free transfer last summer, despite having 12 months on his Barca deal.

He helped the Italian team to a league and cup double and playing a crucial role in driving them to the Champions League final, where they lost 4-1 to Real Madrid.
He struggled initially in Serie A and fractured his fibula in November, which sidelined him for almost two months, but he returned to action at the start of February and went on to make 33 appearances, scoring six goals and collecting seven assists.

Alves’ relationship with the club began to deteriorate after the defeat in Cardiff, however, and his recent behaviour has angered supporters.
Last week Alves said in an interview with Brazilian TV that Juventus forward Paolo Dybala needs to leave the Serie A giants one day in order to improve as a player.
On Monday he further baffled fans by posting a picture of his boots from Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juve in the 2015 Champions League final on his Instagram account, and Marotta revealed Alves has asked for a way out of his two-year contract with the club.
“Dani Alves has decided that he wants to change his surroundings, so we will come to a mutual agreement and we wish him luck,” Marotta told reporters on Wednesday.

“There has been no break-up with Dani, but motivation is fundamental for any footballer.”
Chelsea have also had a bid rejected by Juventus for Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, according to  Marotta.

Dani Alves respond to rumours of his exit to Manchester City 


Dani Alves has hit out at claims that he is on the verge of leaving Juventus.
It was reported that Manchester City are closing in on the signing of the Juventus’ 34-year-old Brazil right-back.
The experienced defender won Serie A and the Coppa Italia, as well as reaching the Champions League final, in his first season at Juve since completing a free transfer from Barcelona last year.
The Brazil international wrote: “Don’t spread sh*t, [Higuain] sent a video for me in a television programme. Don’t do your job badly, please.”
Alves has 12 months left on his contract in Italy.

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      UEFA Champions League Final:  Record-breaking Ronaldo strikes twice to fire Real Madrid to Champions League glory

      Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as Real Madrid retained their Champions League crown and heaped more final heartbreak on Juventus with a 4-1 win in Cardiff.

      In a gripping final, Real took the lead when Ronaldo finished off a flowing counter-attack (20) but Juventus hit back seven minutes later through a skilful overhead kick from Mario Mandzukic that will go down in history as one the greatest goals in Champions League history.

      Casemiro fired Zinedine Zidane’s side into the lead on 61 minutes and Ronaldo struck again three minutes later, before Marco Asensio wrapped it up in stoppage time to condemn Juve -who had substitute Juan Cuadrado sent off for two yellow cards late on – to a fifth straight defeat in the showpiece European final (1997, 1998, 2003, 2015, 2017).


      Victory for the La Liga giants means they have become the first side to defend the Champions League since its revamp in 1992 and wins them an historic 12th European major title.

      This fixture matched up a well-drilled Juventus defence that had conceded just three goals in this season’s competition against a ruthless Real attacking outfit that scored in all of their 12 Champions League matches this season.

      Cristiano Ronaldo underlined his status as the Champions League’s greatest goal-scorer with his decisive double taking his tally to 105 career Champions League goals.

      • To put that goal haul into perspective, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored 94 times in the competition and the legendary Raul is way back on 71 in third.
      • No other player has more than 56.

      Most Champions League goals

      Player Goals

      Cristiano Ronaldo 105

      Lionel Messi 94

      Raul 71

      Ruud van Nistelrooy 56

      Karim Benzema 51

      • Ronaldo’s opener against Juventus also meant he became the first player in history to net in three different Champions League finals, adding to his strikes for United in 2008 and Real in 2014.

      • It’s worth noting Ronaldo had to wait 26 matches before scoring his first Champions League goal – he’s scored 90 in 88 appearances since leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid.

      • Ronaldo’s second of the game then took him clear of Messi at the top of the scoring standings for this competition. His 12 goals in the 2016/17 Champions League mean he has finished top scorer in Europe’s elite club contest five years running.

      Champions League top scorer 2016/17

      Player  Club  Goals

      Cristiano Ronaldo  Real Madrid  12

      Lionel Messi  Barcelona  11

      Edinson Cavani  PSG  8

      Robert Lewandowski  Bayern Munich  8

      Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang  Borussia Dortmund   7

      • Ronaldo scores brings up another landmark and his second against Juventus was also his 600th for club and country.

      Serie A – Juventus end with 17 year old Moise Kean stoppage-time winner; Atalanta move to fourth after Chievo victory

      ​Atalanta 1 – 0 Chievo Verona

      Bologna 1 – 2 Juventus

      • Bologna 1 – 2 Juventus

      Juventus ended their championship Serie A campaign with a nod to the future as 17-year-old Moise Kean scored a stoppage-time winner in a 2-1 comeback victory over Bologna on Saturday.

      A second-half substitute, Kean connected on a difficult header following a free kick from Miralem Pjanic.

      It was the first Serie A goal for Kean, who was making just his third appearance in the league. In November, Kean became the first player born in this millennium to appear in Serie A.
      Bologna’s Saphir Taider had opened the scoring with a splendid shot from beyond the area following the break, but Paulo Dybala equalised for Juventus in the 70th minute with a rebound following a shot from Gonzalo Higuain.
      Juventus had already secured their record sixth-straight Serie A title and rested usual starters Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzukic. They will be looking to complete a Treble against Real Madrid in the Champions League final next Saturday.

      Juventus moved seven points clear of second-placed Roma, who host Genoa on Sunday in the final match of Francesco Totti’s 25-year career with the Giallorossi.

      • Atalanta 10 Chievo Verona

      Atalanta beat Chievo Verona 1-0 to move two points ahead of Lazio into fourth place, which would be a club record. Lazio visit relegation-threatened Crotone on Sunday.

      Alejandro “Papu” Gomez, recently called up to the Argentina squad, scored for Atalanta with a shot from the centre of the area after an excellent through ball from Bryan Cristante.

      Serie A results  – Juventus clinch sixth straight league title; Milan and Inter Win

      ​AC Milan 3 – 0 Bologna

      Empoli 0 – 1 Atalanta

      Genoa 2 – 1 Torino

      Juventus 3 – 0 Crotone

      Sassuolo 6 – 2 Cagliari

      Udinese 1 – 1 Sampdoria

      Lazio 1 – 3 Inter

      • Juventus 3 – 0 Crotone

      Treble-chasing Juventus clinched a record sixth consecutive Serie A title thanks to victory over lowly Crotone.

      Mario Mandzukic, on his 31st birthday, turned home Juan Cuadrado’s cross from close range to give the perennial champions an early lead.

      Paulo Dybala curled home a brilliant free-kick and Alex Sandro headed in a third via the crossbar as Juventus won with relative ease.

      They could have won the title last week but lost 3-1 to second-placed  Roma.

      Massimiliano Allegri’s side, who beat  Lazio 2-0 in the Italian Cup finalon Wednesday, are bidding to become the second Italian team, after Jose Mourinho’s 2010 Inter Milan, to win the treble.

      They face Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Cardiff on Saturday, 3 June. They have one game before then – a trip to Bologna on the final day of Serie A next Sunday.

      Crotone remain a point shy of Empoli and safety heading into their season-ending clash against Lazio next weekend.

      • Empoli 0 – 1 Atalanta

      Crotone only live to fight another day thanks to Atalanta, who beat 17th-placed Empoli 1-0 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani to confirm their own entry to the Europa League group stage.

      Gian Piero Gasperini’s team have blazed an unlikely trail all season long and the always-influential Alejandro Gomez was the match-winner in Tuscany, rifling home the decider after just 13 minutes.

      Empoli had their chances to level in the second half, with veteran Massimo Maccarone coming very close, but they sit just one point clear of Crotone before visiting Palermo on the final day.

      • ​AC Milan 3 – 0 Bologna

      Underachieving AC Milan look set to find a route into Europe through the back door of sixth place after defeating Bologna 3-0 at San Siro, ended a run of three seasons without European football.

      Gerard Deulofeu found the opener 69 minutes into a nervy encounter and Keisuke Honda swiftly added a second before Gianluca Lapadula confirmed the outcome in stoppage time.

      • Lazio 1 – 3 Inter

      Inter Milan came back from a goal down to beat fourth-placed Lazio 3-1 and end an eight-match winless streak. After a penalty from Keita Balde Diao gave Lazio the lead, Marco Andreolli levelled with a header, Wesley Hoedt scored an own goal and Eder added another for Inter.

      Lazio ended with nine men after Keita and Senad Lulic each picked up two yellows.

      • Sassuolo 6 – 2 Cagliari

      Both Sassuolo and Cagliari will finish in mid-table after an eight-goal thriller in Reggio Emilia, where the hosts ran out 6-2 victors.

      Francesco Magnanelli, Domenico Berardi and Matteo Politano had Sassuolo three goals up inside just 13 minutes, with Marco Sau replying before Stefano Sensi made it 4-1 heading into the break.

      The contest was closer in the second half as, after Pietro Iemmello continued his fine goal-scoring run with a penalty, Artur Ionita notched Cagliari’s second. On the stroke of full-time, though, substitute Alessandro Matri rubber-stamped a conclusive home win.

      • Genoa 2 – 1 Torino

      Genoa secured their top-flight status with a 2-1 victory over Torino at the Marassi.

      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.

      • Udinese 1 – 1 Sampdoria

      Three players were sent off as Udinese and Sampdoria shared the points from a bad-tempered 1-1 draw.

      Cyril Thereau blasted Udinese into an early lead but the Zebrette lost Rodrigo de Paul to a red card shortly after the restart.

      Gabriel Silva’s foul on Luis Muriel allowed the latter to equalise from the penalty spot but the Colombia international’s overenthusiastic celebrations sparked a brawl.

      Muriel — formerly on the books at the Dacia Arena — was dismissed for his role in the scuffle, with Udinese defender Danilo promptly following him down the tunnel.

      ON SATURDAY 

      • Chievo verona 3 – 5 Roma

      Roma closed the gap to Serie A leaders Juventus to a point after a thrilling 5-3 win at Chievo.

      Luciano Spalletti’s side are second but Juventus will win the league if they beat relegation-threatened Crotone on Sunday.

      Roma survived a scare though as they twice fell behind in the first half.

      A Chievo victory would have handed the title to Juventus and Lucas Castro made made it 1-0 when he converted from close range, but Stephan El Shaarawy levelled from the edge of the box after 28 minutes.

      Roberto Inglese restored Chievo’s lead when he headed past Wojciech Szczesny eight minutes before the break.

      But Mohamed Salah equalised again to make it 2-2 at the break before El Shaarawy put Roma ahead for the first time after 58 minutes.

      Salah fired into the bottom corner for 4-2 and Edin Dzeko scored his 28th league goal of the season with seven minutes left when he drilled in from outside the box to put Roma in control.

      Inglese then scored with three minutes left to pull a goal back for Chievo, who are set to finish in mid-table.

      Napoli s enjoyed a 4-1 win over Fiorentina.

      They we

      re two points behind Juve following victory — thanks to two goals from Dries Mertens and strikes from Kalidou Koulibaly and Lorenzo Insigne — and one adrift of Roma with avoidance of the Champions League playoff round at stake.

      But defeat dented Fiorentina’s Europa League hopes as they failed to make up ground on AC Milan and sit seventh having played a game more.

      Koulibaly opened the scoring after eight minutes, bundling in from close range, and Napoli almost doubled their lead when Mertens hit the post after 26 minutes.

      They did make it 2-0 nine minutes before the break when Insigne converted Mertens’ pass and Mertens scored himself 12 minutes after the re-start, stabbing in after Ciprian Tatarusanu fumbled Insigne’s effort.

      Josip Ilicic did pull a goal back for the visitors but Mertens wrapped up victory with a fourth when he embarrassed Gonzalo Rodriguez and tapped in after Insigne’s shot was saved.

      Coppa Italia Final : Daniel Alves and Leonardo  Bonucci score as Juventus beat Lazio to claim record third consecutive Coppa title

      ​Juventus 2 – 0 Lazio

      Juventus made history on Wednesday as they became the first side to win three consecutive Coppa Italia titles after beating Lazio 2-0 in Rome.

      Massimiliano Allegri’s side ultimately had the result sewn up in the first half and although they were tested by Lazio in the second period, they managed to keep their opponents at bay.

      Dani Alves gave Juventus the lead in the 12th minute as he volleyed home from a fine Alex Sandro cross and the Brazilian added another assist as he whipped in a corner for Leonardo Bonucci to slot home 12 minutes later.

      It was the first step in a series of trophy-deciding matches for the Old Lady, who are targeting the treble. They can seal their sixth Serie A title on Sunday before facing Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3.

      UCL: Semi-finals second leg result – Juventus beat Monaco to reach second UCL final in three years

      Juventus 2 – 1 AS Monaco (Aggregate 4 – 1)

      Juventus reached their second Champions League final in three seasons with a comfortable 2-1 win over Monaco in Turin completing a 4-1 aggregate victory.

      First-half goals from Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves ended the tie as a contest before the break to ensure Massimiliano Allegri’s side will contest the final in Cardiff next month.

      Kylian Mbappe turned in Joao Moutinho’s low cross to pull one back in the second half, but the Ligue 1 side could not pull off an unlikely comeback.

      Mario Mandzukic stabbed in after his initial header was saved.

      Dani Alves doubled their lead on the night with an instinctive volley from goalkeeper Danijel Subasic’s punched clearance.

      Juventus, who have not won this competition since 1996 and lost 3-1 to Barcelona in the 2015 final, will face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid in Cardiff on 3 June.