SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 35 - 5 May 2013 (14.00 UK)
Juventus 1 - 0
Vidal pen 59 (J)
Juventus Stadium

An Arturo Vidal penalty got the party started, as Juventus beat Palermo to clinch the 2012-13 Scudetto!

There was a real party atmosphere in Turin, as the Bianconeri needed just one point to mathematically clinch the title. Everyone was available apart from Simone Pepe, while Palermo’s Michel Morganella sat out a ban. The Sicilians were desperate to spoil the celebrations, as they needed points to avoid sliding back into the bottom three.

This game was on May 5, the 11th anniversary of the legendary Juventus Scudetto victory in 2002, surpassing Inter on the final day of the season.

Paul Pogba’s long-range effort was charged down, Arturo Vidal hit a screamer just wide and Andrea Pirlo fired over the bar. Mirko Vucinic ran on to a long pass and held off Massimo Donati to get the shot away, but Stefano Sorrentino beat it round the base of the near post.

Gigi Buffon punched away a Fabrizio Miccoli free kick, but the first half ended goalless.

Straight after the restart Palermo went extremely close to taking a shock lead, as Miccoli’s angled drive went past Giorgio Chiellini and Buffon’s fingertips to thump the base of the far post.

Donati barged Vucinic in the back when he was trying to chest down a Pogba assist and the referee pointed to the spot. Vidal stepped up and coolly converted low into the near bottom corner. The Chilean then ran into the stands to hug Simone Pepe, who missed practically the entire season through injury.

Pirlo was ready to tap in when Steve Von Bergen intercepted the Vucinic pass at the back stick, then Chiellini got in front of Santiago Garcia to nod inches wide of the upright.

Sorrentino used his knee to parry a Vucinic volley at the near post, then beat away a Vidal strike after Pogba was closed down in the box. Abel Hernandez turned Chiellini to flash an effort inches past the base of the upright.

Sorrentino got his hand to a Pogba solo effort, but the French teen rather ruined his afternoon when receiving a red card for spitting at Salvatore Aronica.


Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah (Peluso 66), Marchisio, Vucinic (Quagliarella 79)
: Sorrentino; Von Bergen, Donati, Aronica; Nelson, Barreto, Arevalo Rios (Faurlin 79), Kurtic, Garcia; Ilicic (Dybala 71), Miccoli (Hernandez 65)
Ref: Romeo

Sent off: Pogba 83 (J)