The contest in Pescara was nine minutes old when Mario Balotelli struck from the spot. Sulley Muntari took Robinho’s free-kick and finished unerringly to make it two and Mathieu Flamini put the result beyond doubt after half-time. Balotelli added the final flourish, turning inside the area and slamming high into the roof of the net.
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It has been quite a rollar-coaster of a season for Juventus boss Antonio Conte. He spent the first four months of the season in the stands, due to a ban for failing to report a potential match fixing to authorities while he was at Siena. He always denied the charges, but assistants Massimo Carrera and Angelo Alessio had to take the bench during his suspension.
But since he has came back, Juve have been terrific and have dominated Italian football in Italy the last two seasons. But interestingly, after listening to Conte this week, he does not seem to be settling in to build a dynasty in Turin.
Juventus are back to back champions on Italy after picking up their 29th or 31st Scudetto title, while both Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona had to put the champagne back on ice. Here is a roundup of all the weekend from the big leagues in Italy.
Juventus won the Serie A title finish with three games remaining thanks to a 1-0 win against Palermo. Needing just a point to be confirmed champions, Antonio Conte’s men retained their crown, and the club’s 29th overall, thanks to an Arturo Vidal penalty. Juventus claims 31 titles as they include the back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006 that were later stripped of them and relegated to Serie B in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.
Berlusconi has been at odds with Allegri since the summer and a leaked conversation over the weekend gave a glimpse into what the Milan patron really thinks about his manager.
“He sent away Pirlo and Pato.If he stays,he’ll send away others.Tactically he understands so few”
Milan fans disagree with their President and banners of suport for the man who led Milan to the Scudetto in his first season at Milan and they finished second a year later, could be seen at this weekend’s match against Catania.
England: Liverpool v Chelsea
Back on the top three following a 3-0 west London derby win at Fulham on Wednesday, Chelsea travel to Anfield for what will be their second of three away games in eight days. After taking on Liverpool, in seventh, the Blues journey to Basel next week for their Europa League semi-final opener. The match will be former Reds boss Rafa Benitez’s first appearance at Anfield, an ironic situation where he will be warmly welcomed by the home fans than the Chelsea fans.
AS Roma beat Inter Milan 3-2 to advance to the Coppa Italia final 5-3 on aggregate. There Roma will meet city rivals Lazio at their shared Stadio Olimpico. Lazio booked their place in the 26 May final back in January when they knocked out Juventus.
Roma won the first leg of their semi-final against Roma back in January, but after a three-month wait the Giallorossi are on track to become the first club to win the Coppa ten times in what will be their 17th 17th final appearance.
Bayern Munich showed Juventus that they have a bit to go before they can compete with the best sides in Europe, they remain the dominant force in Italian football.
It took Juve only eight minutes to take the lead in Rome. Lorik Cana was adjudged to have brought down Mirko Vučinić and Arturo Vidal sent Federico Marchetti the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Lazio coach Vladimir Petkovic lamented the penalty decision.
PSG bounced back from the disappointment of losing to Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek by winning 1-0 at ES Troyes AC, a victory that left them nine points clear at the top of the table. Second-placed Olympique de Marseille were unable to match the leaders, drawing 0-0 at LOSC Lille, while third-placed Olympique Lyonnais finally returned to winning ways, defeating Toulouse FC 3-1 after a five-game winless run.
Hernanes gave Lazio the lead in the 16th minute and he had the chance to double their lead early in the second half when he missed a penalty.
Roma levelled from the penalty spot through Francesco Totti and were given a numerical advantage when Giuseppe Biava was sent off in the 66th minute, but they failed to make the most of the extra man and had to settle for a draw; ultimately a fair result.
Bayern set the seal on their 23rd German title with an unprecedented six games to go courtesy of a 1-0 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt. Borussia Dortmund relinquished their crown despite powering past FC Augsburg 4-2. Elsewhere, fourth-placed FC Schalke 04 swept aside SV Werder Bremen 2-0 to move within four points of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who drew 1-1 with VfL Wolfsburg.