Before the break for the coronavirus pandemic. After blocking. And now for nine years in a row.
Juventus is the undisputed leader of Italian football.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal and Juventus beat Sampdoria 2-0 on Sunday to claim the record Serie A title for the Turin club.
At the final whistle, Juventus players danced in celebration and hugged each other in front of the empty stands at the Alliance Stadium.
It was Juventus’ first title under coach Maurizio Sarri who introduced a completely new system.
“It was the most beautiful title because it was the most difficult,” said defender Leonardo Bonucci, who wore the captain’s armband with the injured Giorgio Chiellini. “We started a new era, a new philosophy, faced many difficulties, but we continued to do our best, even when there were so many mistakes.
“It was so difficult off the pitch; the world has changed in three months. It was difficult to get our heads back in three months. We have suffered. “
Bonucci dedicated this title to Juventus fans who have been victims of the coronavirus.
“This is for those who left us and rooted for us from above,” Bonucci said. “It has been a busy year. But we stayed together as a team. “
For his 31st goal in 32 appearances, Ronaldo fulfilled the set piece when Miralem Pjanic executed a free kick for the five-time winner Ballon d’Or to shoot into the far top corner in the added first half.
Federico Bernardeschi then sealed it, scoring his first Serie A goal in nearly two years, breaking the rebound from Ronaldo’s hit midway through the second half.
Ronaldo hit a penalty from the crossbar in 89th.
Focus on the Champions League
However, Juventus overcame an insurmountable seven points away from Milan, leaving two games, and can now switch to the Champions League.
Host Bianconeri in Lyon in the second stage of the round on August 16 on August 7 was supposed to win back a 1-0 loss from February. If Juventus can do it, he will advance to the final eight in Lisbon.
“Now we need to recuperate and focus on Lyon,” Bonucci said.
However, it was a bittersweet night as Juventus lost to both right-back Danilo and striker Paulo Dybala through injury in the first half.
Danilo faced a defender, while Dybala pulled himself up with a clear problem with his left hip.
Juventus entered hiatus for the coronavirus pandemic one point ahead of Lazio in what was expected to be a two-way title fight, but the Roman club have been fighting for much of the restart.
Sampdoria ended with 10 men when Morten Torsby raised his second yellow for a foul on Pjanic.
It was the 36th title of the Italian Juve league overall.
The hat-trick forced Ciro Immobile to score three goals, beating Gonzalo Higuain’s only Serie A season with two remaining matches.
Immobile scored two penalties and also delivered a splendid shot in Lazio’s 5-1 victory at Hellas Verona. He now has 34 goals in 34 appearances – three more than Ronaldo at the top of the Italian league goal.
Higuain scored 36 for Napoli in 2015-16.
Immobil’s second goal of the night was beautiful: it was created by Jordan Lukaku on the left flank and shot into the far top corner.
Lazio is up one point with third-place Atalanta, one point behind Inter Milan and eight behind Juventus
Roma strengthened his position in fifth place, beating Fiorentina 2-1 with two free kicks from Jordan Vereto.
Udinese won 1-0 at Cagliari and secured a 26th straight season in top flight.
Lecce, under threat of relegation, lost a decisive time to Musa Barrow in a 3-2 loss in Bologna.
In addition, Turin was held 1-1 in the already retired Spal.