Confetti rain on Juventus as they dominated again


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Juventus downed Palermo 1-0 on Sunday to claim their record 29th Serie A title.

Arthur Vidal’s penalty kick in the 59th minute proved to be the most important goal as Juve rolled to their second straight crown.

Juve were awarded the penalty kick when Massimo Donati was called for a push on Mirko Vucinic by referee Andrea Romeo. Juventus finished a man short after Paul Pogba was given a red card in the 83rd minute for spitting at Salvatore Aronica.

With three games remaining in the card, Juventus (26-4-5) have an 11-point lead over second-place Napoli (21-5-9), which whipped Inter Milan 3-1 behind Edinson Cavani’s hat trick.

Juventus captured their last back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006, then was stripped of both and relegated to Serie B in a match-fixing scandal.

But the club and fans still count those two titles, and after the final whistle a giant banner was unfurled in the center circle with the number 31.

”It has been a triumphant march to the title,” Juventus coach Antonio Conte said. ”We are happy and proud. The credit goes to the lads, they have been extraordinary for the whole season. I am proud of them. It wasn’t easy to win another title.”

Third-place Milan (19-8-8) opened a four-point lead over Fiorentina (18-10-7) for Italy’s final berth in next season’s Champions League, winning 1-0 at home against Torino as Mario Balotelli connected in the 84th minute.

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