Juventus 2-0 Sampdoria: Maurizio Sarri’s side claim ninth consecutive Serie A title


Juventus won a ninth consecutive Serie A title, beating Sampdoria in Turin.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 31st league goal of the season from Miralem Pjanic’s short free-kick in added time for the first half and Federico Bernardeschi sealed the victory after 67 minutes.

Maurizio Sarri’s side are the only side to win nine straight titles in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

He extends his own record, which Bayern Munich equaled in June.

Ronaldo missed the opportunity to come close to Ciro Immobile’s 34 total at the top of the Serie A goalscoring table by hitting a penalty against the crossbar in the dying minutes.

Juventus had missed the opportunity to win the title in what manager Sarri described as a ‘messy’ loss to Udinese on Thursday and started Sunday’s game with just one win in their last five games.

They were far from at their best and were forced to withstand a lot of pressure in the second half, but Bernardeschi’s goal on Ronaldo’s attempt saw ex-Chelsea manager Sarri take the first title. champion of his managerial career.

Sampdoria’s hopes of finding a way back into the game ended as they were reduced to 10 men after a second booking for Morten Thorsby.

Ronaldo’s goal sees him drop within three behind Serie A leading scorer Immobile, who scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Verona earlier on Sunday.

Juventus extend record dominance

Juventus are one of three European teams to be on a nine-game winning streak, alongside Celtic in Scotland and Ludogorets Razgrad from Bulgaria.

The world record for consecutive league titles is believed to be Tafea, who won the Vanuatu league for 15 consecutive seasons (1994 to 2009), while Gibraltar’s Lincoln Red Imps and now-disbanded Latvia Skonto have the European record with 14 in a row.

Lyon have won seven French titles in a row (between 2002 and 2008), while Real Madrid have won five consecutive Spanish titles on two occasions and Huddersfield, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are the only teams to win three in a row. in England.

In the five big European leagues – England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France – Juventus’ 36 titles are a record, two ahead of this season’s Spanish champion, Real Madrid.


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