Juventus seals 3rd straight title after Roma loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm •  Published: May 4, 2014
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ROME (AP) — Juventus clinched its third straight and 30th overall Serie A title Sunday without even playing.

With second-place Roma losing 4-1 at Catania, Juventus' eight-point lead became insurmountable because Roma only has two matches remaining.

Juventus, which has three games to play, can celebrate when it hosts Atalanta on Monday although the Turin squad's players and coach Antonio Conte were already seen celebrating at their team hotel wearing championship T-shirts.

"It's much more satisfying when you win on the pitch. But it's still very gratifying," Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon said.

Also, AC Milan got a 65th-minute goal from Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong to beat Inter Milan 1-0 in the city derby and stay in the hunt for a Europa League spot.

Inter remained fifth while Milan moved level with Parma in seventh.

The fourth, fifth and sixth-place finishers will qualify for the Europa League.

Milan and Parma are one point behind Torino, which won 1-0 at Chievo Verona with an own goal from Gennaro Sardo in the 54th.

The title was a bit of a consolation for Juventus after it was eliminated from the Europa League semifinals by Benfica on Thursday — missing out on the final in its home stadium.

"I was sleeping, resting up for tomorrow's match," said striker Carlos Tevez, who leads Juve with 19 goals in 31 matches, on Sky TV. "But my teammates woke me up and there was a lot of excitement. Although I was hoping to celebrate the title before our fans tomorrow."

In Sicily, Mariano Izco scored for Catania in the 26th and 34th minutes. Gonzalo Bergessio also netted for the hosts in the 55th after Roma captain Francesco Totti pulled one back in the 37th. Then Pablo Barrientos added another for Catania in the 79th.

The loss ended Roma's nine-match winning streak, and the Giallorossi put up little resistance against a Catania side fighting to avoid relegation.

Roma, which had already clinched second place and the last direct Champions League berth, was hoping to keep the title race open until next weekend when it hosts Juve. However, Roma coach Rudi Garcia said Saturday the title race was over and complimented Juve on its near-perfect season.

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