August 1, 2014
Juventus win third successive title after Roma lose
Juventus won a third consecutive Serie A title without playing today when AS Roma, the only team who could catch them, capitulated to a 4-1 defeat at lowly Catania.
Roma, who had bravely kept their challenge going by winning their last nine games, inexplicably produced one of their worst performances of the season against the Sicilian strugglers.
Catania grabbed a vital win in their bid to beat the drop thanks to the club's Argentine contingent, which supplied all four goals. Buenos Aires native Mariano Izco stunned Roma by scoring twice in a six-minute spell in the first half and, although Francesco Totti pulled one back, it was only a lull in the storm.
Gonzalo Bergessio extended Catania's lead in the 56th minute and Pablo Barrientos fired a fourth to leave Roma's title hopes in tatters.
The defeat left Roma eight points behind Juventus, who host Atalanta tomorrow with only two games left to play.
Juventus have won a record 30 Serie A titles, including three in successive seasons since Antonio Conte took over as coach in 2011.
"The Scudetto is always special, especially a third in a row as that had never happened to us before," Conte told reporters. "Even legendary coaches were unable to get three consecutive titles."