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Juventus’ players celebrate with the trophy of the Italian Serie A after their last football game of the season Juventus vs Cagliari on May 18 at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. Juventus won their third consecutive ‘scudetto.’ (AFP)
Juve wrap up record ‘102’ finish Champs celebrate in style

ROME, May 18, (AFP): A stunning Andrea Pirlo free-kick from 35 metres set Juventus up for a 3-0 win over Cagliari and a record 102-point finish as the champions celebrated in style on Sunday. Juve claimed the Serie A title with two games to spare two weeks ago when closest challengers Roma crashed 4-1 at Catania, a day before Juve added more gloss with a 1-0 home win over Atalanta. Now with 30 official titles — the club were stripped of ‘scudetti’ won in 2005 and 2006 due to their role in a match-fixing scandal — Juve went on to set two new records last week when a 1-0 win away to Roma gave them a 32nd win of the season and a 99-point tally. Inter Milan had held the previous record of 97 points for a title-winning season under the current format in 2007. Conte is expected to remain with the Turin giants despite reports that he is unhappy with a projected lack of investment in players for a fresh assault on the Champions League. The two-time European champions failed to get past the group stages this season.

He told Sky Sport: “I want to say a massive thank you to all the players, every one of them has been phenonmenal. “Our objective was to win a third consecutive scudetto, instead we’ve set record after record.” Asked about his future, Conte added: “Tonight the appointment is to celebrate the title, my appointment with the club will come later.” Faced with the chance to become the first league champions to claim 100 points or more, Antonio Conte’s men did not disappoint a packed-out Juventus Stadium ahead of their celebratory parade around Turin. Pirlo helped the Bianconeri get off the mark when he launched a free-kick from distance which came off the post and bounced back into the net after coming off hapless ‘keeper Marco Silvestri, who was later credited with an own goal.That eased the early nerves and, with Cagliari shell-shocked, Fernando Llorente tapped home a second on the quarter hour when a Pirlo corner was flicked on by Leonardo Bonucci as the visiting defence failed to clear. Carlos Tevez then spurned the chance to close to within one goal of Serie A’s leading scorer Ciro Immobile, who has 22 goals for Torino, when he was closed down as he prepared to pull the trigger.

Standings
    P    W    D    L    GF    GA    Pts
Juventus    38    33    3    2    80    23    102    Roma    38    26    7    5    72    25    85
Napoli    37    22    9    6    72    38    75
Fiorentina    37    19    7    11    63    42    64
Inter    37    15    15    7    61    37    60
Torino    37    15    11    11    56    46    56
Parma    37    14    13    10    56    46    55
AC Milan    37    15    9    13    55    48    54
Verona    37    16    6    15    61    63    54
Lazio    37    14    11    12    53    54    53
Atalanta    38    15    5    18    43    51    50
Sampdoria    38    12    9    17    48    62    45
Udinese    38    12    8    18    46    57    44
Genoa    38    11    11    16    41    50    44
Cagliari    38    9    12    17    34    53    39
Sassuolo    37    9    7    21    42    70    34
Chievo    37    9    6    22    32    53    33

Relegated
Catania    38    8    8    22    34    66    32 Bologna    37    5    14    18    28    57    29    Livorno    37    6    7    24    39    75    25

Note 1: Top three qualify for Champions League. Fourth and fifth for Europa League. Sixth also for Europa League after Italian Cup was won by Napoli over Fiorentina. Bottom three are relegated.

Note 2: Standings read as played, won, draw, lost, goals for, goals against and points.
 

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