Official: Juve clinch ninth straight title

Serie A

Juventus clinched their ninth consecutive Serie A title with a 2-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday evening in Turin.

Eye-brows were raised with the hosts opting for Juan Cuadrado in the front-three role, while Leonardo Bonucci returned from suspension and Miralem Pjanic getting a recall.

Cristiano Ronaldo eagerly urged his fellow charges as he almost grabbed the lead with a header from Blaise Matuidi’s delivery on 20 minutes, but Emil Audero stuck out a leg to prevent.

Browse through the gallery above to see action from Juventus' win.

Both sides were forced into injury enforced changes soon afterwards, as Julian Chabot made way for Mehdi Leris on the side of the visitors while Federico Bernardeschi replaced Danilo for the hosts.

Another forced alteration for the home side came five minutes to halftime after Paulo Dybala pulled up with a quad issue and was replaced by Gonzalo Higuain.

This did not appear to bother the Bianconeri who still went ahead deep in stoppage time after Ronaldo sent a shortly taken free-kick into the bottom corner for his 31st league goal of the season.

A brace beckoned for the Portuguese superstar six minutes following the resumption, but the one-time Real Madrid talisman failed to profit.

Wojciech Szczesny was put to work a little later after tipping Maya Yoshida’s header to safety following a free-kick, while Audero denied Ronaldo from close-range at the other end.

Juventus leaped towards the title inside the 67th minute when Audero parried Ronaldo’s effort straight to Bernardeschi who needed no second invitation for his first goal in over a year.

The visitors evening worsened when Morten Thorsby was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence following a severe lunge on Pjanic.

Ronaldo had a chance to grab a brace from the penalty spot after Alex Sandro went down in the area in added time, but he struck the crossbar as the two goals were enough to seal Juventus' ninth straight title and Sarri's first league title.

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