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Delle Alpi (ATT 38,000) 5th May 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: A Romeo

Juventus Juventus vs Palermo Palermo

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A Vidal (pen 59)
P Pogba (S/O 83)

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Juventus are champions

Juventus wrap up title

Last Updated: 05/05/13 5:12pm

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Arturo Vidal celebrates scoring the title-securing goal for Juve

Arturo Vidal celebrates scoring the title-securing goal for Juve

Juventus wrapped up their 29th Serie A title with a narrow home win over relegation-threatened Palermo.

A second-half penalty from Arturo Vidal was enough to see Juve crowned champions for the second successive season with three games to spare.

Paul Pogba's dismissal for spitting at an opponent left the home side having to play out the final seven minutes with a man less, but Antonio Conte's men held on to spark the celebrations at the Juventus Stadium.

It was a different story for Palermo though, whose defeat combined with Genoa's win over Pescara means they are now three points adrift of safety and looking in serious danger of going down.

With a point still needed to seal the title, Juve coach Conte took no risks and named his strongest team against a Palermo side who have been in good form recently during an unbeaten five-match run that has brought them three wins.

Juve soon stamped their authority on the game and appeared to want to wrap things up as quickly as possible to allow them to enjoy the occasion with the full stadium already preparing for the title celebrations.

However, they were unable to turn their domination into goals as Palermo stood firm.

The Sicilians' resistance lasted just under an hour before Massimo Donati was adjudged to have pushed Mirko Vucinic inside the penalty area and a penalty was awarded.

Vidal stepped up to place his shot low into the bottom right-hand corner with Stefano Sorrentino diving the other way.

Palermo now needed two goals to put Juve's title party back on ice and the home fans responded in anticipation of the final whistle which was still half an hour away.

Those 30 minutes still had to be played, though, and Juve forward Fabio Quagliarella was keen to make the most of his chance after replacing Vucinic.

He struck the crossbar in the 81st minute with a fine shot from outside the penalty area.

Pogba followed suit with a shot which Sorrentino saved well, but the French midfielder then reacted badly to a push by Salvatore Aronica, spitting at the Palermo defender and earning a straight red card.

It was the only blot on an otherwise perfect afternoon for the Bianconeri as the celebrations for their latest Italian title began.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 16 27
5 Lazio 16 27
6 Genoa 16 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 16 24
9 Udinese 16 22
10 Palermo 16 22
11 Inter Milan 16 21
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 16 17
14 Empoli 16 17
15 Torino 16 17
16 Chievo 16 16
17 Atalanta 16 15
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7