Serie A - Juve beat Cagliari to claim Scudetto

Sun, 06 May 21:48:00 2012

Juventus claimed their 28th Serie A title with a 2-0 win over Cagliari at the Stadio Nereo Rocco.

2011-12 Serie A Juventus celebrate title - 0

Mirko Vucinic's early goal was enough to seal the three points for the Bianconeri, who claimed their first title in nine years and are now just one match away from going through the entire league campaign unbeaten. Michele Canini's unfortunate own goal 16 minutes from time settled Juve nerves, as the visiting fans focused on events in Milan.

The win was enough for Juve to be crowned champions because of AC Milan's 4-2 defeat to Internazionale. Those results now mean that Juve have an unassailable four-point lead at the top of the table, but had the derby at San Siro been a draw then the Bianconeri's head-to-head would have been enough in any case.

The Bianconeri's title win also lays to rest the ghosts of the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal, which saw Juve stripped of the 2004-05 and 2005-06 titles and relegated to Serie B. The campaign to see those two titles handed back to the club, taking their haul to 30 and allowing to wear a third gold star on their shirts, is ongoing.

Perhaps given the unique set of circumstances surrounding Juve's title bid, it was oddly fitting that they should claim the championship in the rather incongruous surroundings of the Nereo Rocco in Trieste. The ground in Northern Italy is being used by Sardinian club Cagliari for their final home games of the season, and as such the stadium was only around half-full.

Juventus were unperturbed, and began the game as though they were playing at their own ground, the impressive newly-built Juventus Stadium. With just six minutes on the clock they were ahead when Vucinic latched on to Leonardo Bonucci's long through pass and slipped the ball coolly through the legs of goalkeeper Michael Agazzi.

The Montenegrin's eighth league goal for the club in his first season with them ultimately landed him his first Italian league title.

The celebratory mood among the visiting fans, who at this point were celebrating Inter taking the lead against Milan just as much as their own team's exploits, was curtailed somewhat when Stephane Lichsteiner had to be stretchered off with a neck brace after a nasty aerial collision with Mauricio Pinilla.

Pinilla had a well-struck effort fly just the wrong side of the post, whilst Simone Pepe forced a handful of blocks and saves as he marauded down the left, but the match got to half-time with just one goal on the board.

There were nerves in the stands as news filtered through that Milan had scored either side of half-time to take the lead in the derby, but then there were cheers as loud as a goal for their own team when it was discovered that Diego Milito had himself scored a second to level things up 220 miles away.

The result in Trieste was put beyond doubt when Canini tried to beat substitute Marco Borriello to a 74th-minute cross, but somehow contrived to slice and loop his attempted clearance over Agazzi's head and into his own net.

The final quarter of an hour became a championship celebration with news of Milito's hat-trick and Maicon's fourth seeping through, and the final whistle sparked delirious celebrations among manager Antonio Conte on the bench and his players and fans on the field.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Conte's achievement is that it has happened on his first season in charge of the club he also served with distinction as a player. He will likely be around in the dugout for many more years to come after his debut campaign, as Juve can look ahead to a bright future.

Tony Mabert / Eurosport

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  1. Bravo Juve!! Bravo!! Bravissimo!!

    From Hun, on Tue 8 May 15:06
  2. Nice to see that there are some classy Milan fans out­ there. Most of us Juve fans were among the first to­ congratulate Milan last year, and it is nice to see you­ guys return the favor. The important thing is that­ Serie A and Italian football are back!!

    From Forza Ferrari, on Mon 7 May 20:58
  3. A superb campaign from Juve and without losing a game­ well done from a Milan fan.

    From delazzuro, on Mon 7 May 20:23
  4. Congrats to Juve for a well deserved title (inter fan)­ but a real measure of how much Juve has improved is how­ the perform in Champions League.

    From Deji, on Mon 7 May 19:45
  5. What a feeling!!! I feel like I did in the Summers of­ 1982 and 2006. Forza Juve!!! Forza Italia!!!

    From Forza Ferrari, on Mon 7 May 17:00
  6. Cannot express how happy i am right now. This should­ attract some quality players and we could be a force in­ Champions league.

    From Dario93, on Mon 7 May 13:56
  7. congratulations juve. i hope my milan take the title­ next season :)

    From Magnus Thor, on Mon 7 May 11:55
  8. Congratulations on the 30th record title, Juve! Grande­ JUVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From Mars Capricorn, on Mon 7 May 10:05
  9. I would put the third star in opaque, until the courts­ give back to Juve their titles or, at the very least,­ take off from Inter the one they stolen via corrupt­ courts. Judge Guido Rossi may you rest in hell !

    From Materitiri, on Mon 7 May 6:11
  10. FORZA JUVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From Gio, on Mon 7 May 6:05
  11. loser son of a b****

    From Gio, on Mon 7 May 6:04
  12. @ Salman Ugas, Nobody gives a F*** what haters think­ so F*** off....

    From Gio, on Mon 7 May 6:03
  13. 30 scudetti, three stars...this is the Juve mindset,­ this is the Juve mentality. Bravo ragazzi, bravo­ Conte!!!! What an incredible championship and still­ with one more game the chance to remain unbeaten in ALL­ competitions throughout the season. With an­ "unheralded" side this season's­ performance has been epic and historic. Forza Juventus­ campioni d'italia!!!!

    From Henke, on Mon 7 May 5:46
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    Congratulations on being handed the title first-hand by­ the referees. Congratulations for the refs for just­ getting tired of Milan winning because they are simply­ the best so decided to cheat them out 40% of their­ games. Juve were just a joke this season and Milan were­ better and earned more points but what can i say...its­ football....the sport of corruption.

    From Clobberin' Time!, on Mon 7 May 5:34
  15. Forza JUVENTUSSS!The title is back to where it­ belongs!DEL PIERO LEGEND added another trophy!!

    From Ajdin, on Mon 7 May 4:22
  16. Yes HAB! CHAMPIONS!!!

    From Fabium, on Mon 7 May 3:27
  17. Grandiiiii! Juve un storia de grande amore.... I am­ very happy today. The happiest in the last 3 years.­ What a way to send Del Pierro. He saw us falling, he­ stayed put, he helped us back, and he stayed until he­ saw his Juve back where it should be. We are the­ Champions. Siamo Campione d 'Italia. Unbelivable. I­ am emotional. Love you all!!! Looking forward to buying­ my ''Campione'' T-shirt...

    From Half A Brain, on Mon 7 May 3:08
  18. seria a and bunders liga are the most competitive­ league not media hype or 2 club league and also very­ entertaining gratz to juve im happy to see juve and­ dortmund back in cl nxt cl will be a great one

    From warrockr, on Mon 7 May 3:03
  19. Will be good to see Juventus back in the Champions­ league competing. When I say competing I mean hopefully­ back in the latter stages of the competition. Beware of­ the old lady, young hungry team as proved with this­ unbeaten run. Forza Juventus.

    From Gareth, on Mon 7 May 0:37
  20. 30! please...

    From Hermann K, on Mon 7 May 0:19
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