Juventus win yet another trophy as they beat Crotone 3-0 at home with goals from Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro.
Crotone are in big danger to be relegated to the Serie B as they sit in the drop zone but just one point behind Empoli. Title decided, but the battle at the bottom end of the table continues into the last match day.
The game started with Juventus taking control of the game which lasted for the entire first half, as they had 75% ball possession after 45 minutes. Crotone had a decent chance to go in front in the 6th minute as their striker Aleksandar Tonev was sent through on goal, but Juventus’ defender Medhi Benatia made a great block.
Juventus opened the scoring on 12 minutes as their rapid winger Juan Cuadrado sent a great low cross which was tapped in by Mario Mandzukic. That goal was a perfect birthday gift for the Croatian, who turned 31 on today. Winning a second Scudetto of his career at Juventus has definitely topped that off.
The home side kept on going for more goals and had a penalty shout on the 17th minute. Paulo Dybala dribbled his way into Crotone’s box and was taken down unfairly but the referee Paolo Mozzeleni wasn’t convinced by this.
Crotone was forced to make their first substitution on the 34th minute as they had to replace their injured full back Aleandro Rosi. His fellow Italian team mate Mario Sampirisi replaced him.
In the 38th minute, Crotone’s midfielder Lorenzo Crisetig fouled Cuadrado outside of the box resulting a free kick from a dangerous area. Paulo Dybala stood up to take it and curled it in beautifully with his left foot to make it 2-0. This was Juventus’ fifth direct free kick goal this season in Serie A, which is no surprise when they have Miralem Pjanic and Paulo Dybala on the field.
The second half started a bit slowly until on 56 minutes Dybala was sent through on goal to convert another goal for Bianconeri, but it was rightly flagged offside. Right then Crotone’s coach Davide Nicola decided to bring on the Nigerian striker Simy for another striker Tonev to add a bit more attacking threat.
Now with only 30 minutes to go, Juventus’ boss Allegri started to focus on keeping their 2-0 lead with Andrea Barzagli coming on for Cuadrado and Mario Lemina coming on for Claudio Marchisio. This changed Juventus’ system from 4-3-2-1 to more of a 3-4-2-1 which allows them to use their beloved BBC defense with full backs covering the flanks.
Crotone managed to create a few chances to make their goal difference better, but Juventus’ defenders and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon kept the ball out of his net. Juventus got a third goal in the 83rd minute from a corner delivered by Dybala which Alex Sandro header in off the crossbar.
Being three goals ahead with 10 minutes to go allowed Juventus to start their title winning celebrations as they won their 6th Scudetto in a row, which no team from Italy has done before. This was also their third domestic double victory in a row which is also something no team from Italy has done before. True history makers.
Man Of The Match: Paulo Dybala
The young Argentinian had yet again another brilliant game. He was Juventus’ key player going forward with his swift movements on and off the ball. He also scored a great free kick and got an assist for Alex Sandro’s goal. Star in the making.
Juventus (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Dani Alves, Bonucci, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Marchisio (Lemina 74′), Pjanic (Rincon 84′); Mandzukic, Dybala, Cuadrado (Barzagli 70′); Higuain
Crotone (4-4-2): Cordaz; Rosi (Sampirisi 33′), Ceccherini, Ferrari, Martella; Rohden (Acosty 78′), Crisetig, Barberis, Nalini; Tonev (Simy 56′), Falcinelli
Juventus centre back Giorgio Chiellini had a slight injury before the game. He was replaced by Medhi Benatia. Allegri is not taking any risks with his players as the mighty Champions League final is only 13 days away.
Ball possession: Juventus 69% – 31% Crotone
Shots on target: 7 – 4
Shots off target: 9 – 4