Italian and Spanish leaguesTuesday, May 6, 2014
Juventus wins again after clinching Serie A title
MILAN — Juventus gave its fans celebrating a third successive Serie A title another reason to revel in Turin by beating Atalanta 1-0 yesterday. Juventus clinched its 30th league title the day before when second-place Roma lost 4-1 at Catania.
There was little excitement on the pitch at Juventus Stadium until Simone Padoin scored against his former club to break the deadlock and keep Antonio Conte’s side on course to become the first Serie A club to reach the 100-point barrier. Juventus, which has won all 18 of its home matches, has 96 points, and it visits Roma on Sunday before ending the campaign at home to Cagliari.
Chances were few and far between before Padoin scored in the 72nd minute. The midfielder, who spent five years at Atalanta, drilled in a low shot off the inside of the left post after Carlos Tevez flicked on Paul Pogba’s pass.
Tevez should have scored his 20th goal of the season with the last kick of the game but the Argentina striker fired wide of an empty net after being unselfishly set up by Fabio Quagliarella.
Earlier, Lazio scored a stoppage-time penalty to rescue a 3-3 draw at home to Hellas Verona as the clubs saw their Europa League hopes diminish. The clubs are level on points, a point behind Parma and AC Milan, and two behind Torino, which occupies the last European spot.
Substitute Romulo thought he scored the winner for Verona seven minutes from time as he was left unmarked to tap home Emil Hallfredsson’s cross with Lazio goalkeeper Etrit Berisha stranded. But Lazio was awarded a penalty when Michelangelo Albertazzi clipped Miroslav Klose’s heels.
Albertazzi was sent off, joining Lazio’s Senad Lulic, who was shown a straight red card minutes earlier for an awful challenge on Juan Manuel Iturbe.
Stefano Mauri’s penalty was saved by Rafael, but the Lazio captain fired the rebound into an empty net.
Verona twice fought back, with equalizers from Marquinho and Iturbe after goals from teenage forward Keita Balde and Lulic saw Lazio go in front twice.
SPANISH LEAGUE. In San Sebastian, Granada salvaged a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad yesterday, earning a valuable point in its bid to avoid dropping from the Spanish league.
Odion Ighalo turned to flick a weak shot beyond goalkeeper Claudio Bravo three minutes into stoppage time for the equalizer that moved the Andalucians three points above the drop zone.
Granada was reduced to 10-men in the 54th when Recio was shown a second yellow card for protesting, just three minutes before Sociedad defender Mikel Gonzalez also exited after his hard challenge earned a straight red card.
Sociedad went ahead in the 77th when Carlos Vela squeezed a cross inside the near post, but Ighalo’s late dramatics meant the Basque club must wait another round before its place in next season’s Europa League is secured.