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Friday 23 March 2018

Juve toast title success

Juventus won their first Serie A title since 2003 with a 2-0 win over Cagliari yesterday as AC Milan, the only team who could have caught them, lost 4-2 to arch-rivals Inter Milan. Mirko Vucinic and Marco Borriello struck the goals to give Juve the Scudetto.

Milan fought back from conceding an early goal to Diego Milito to lead 2-1 early in the second half thanks to a brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

But Milito got his second from the spot in the 52nd minute and the referee gave another penalty 10 minutes from time which the Argentinian converted to complete his hat-trick, with Maicon adding a late fourth. Lionel Messi scored his 50th La Liga goal of the season as Barcelona swept aside Espanyol 4-0 on Saturday -- but even that achievement was overshadowed as Pep Guardiola paid an emotional farewell to the Nou Camp.

It was Guardiola's final home game before standing down to make way for his assistant Tito Vilanova.

Elsewhere, ugly scenes marred Real Madrid's 2-1 success over relegation-threatened Granada. At the final whistle, Granada's players surrounded referee Clos Gomez, who flashed two red cards and also seemed to be hit by a bottle.

Irish Independent

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