Turin - Cristiano Ronaldo played a key role in the winning goal as Juventus
beat Fiorentina 2-1 on Saturday to clinch a record-extending eighth
straight Serie A title.
It's the first time in Europe's five major
leagues - Italy, England, Spain, Germany and France - that a club have
won eight straight titles.
And it was a big relief for Juventus
following their elimination by Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday,
after failing to clinch the title last weekend with a surprise loss at Spal.
needed only a point but quickly fell behind when Nikola Milenkovic took
advantage of confusion inside the Bianconeri area to score for
Fiorentina six minutes in.
However, Alex Sandro headed in from a
corner for the equaliser and Ronaldo's cross from a sharp angle was then
redirected in by Fiorentina defender German Pezzella either side of
"It was a very good first season and I adapted well. We
won the 'scudetto' and the Italian Super Cup, which is certainly not
easy to achieve," Ronaldo said. "You can't win all the time. We felt
that we could do more ... but only one side can win the Champions
"Next year is a new page, the fans all want it and so do
we," Ronaldo said of the Champions League, adding that he's "1 000
percent" certain he will stay with Juventus for next season.
the final whistle, Juventus players celebrated by forming a circle and
jumping up and down clapping their hands. Then they drank champagne and
some players invited their children out to take part in the festivities.
Juventus moved 20 points ahead of second-place Napoli, who have six games left.
was Juventus' 35th title overall. However, the jumbo screens inside
Allianz Stadium flashed No 37 to include the 2005 and 2006 titles that
were stripped in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.
The only other club in the top five European leagues that had won seven straight was Lyon in France from 2002-08.
Juventus women's team also clinched the Italian title on Saturday, with a
3-0 win at Hellas Verona in the final round of the season. It's the
second consecutive title for the women's squad.
The men's team had to come from behind, as Milenkovic's goal was the earliest Juventus has conceded all season.
goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was lying on the ground in apparent pain
following contact near the post when the ball bounced toward Milenkovic,
who smashed it into the roof of the net.
Szczesny had his hand treated and had to stay attentive as Fiorentina kept on threatening with counterattacks.
Federico Chiesa, a reported transfer target for Juventus, hit the post from the edge of the area in the 34th.
minutes later, Sandro put Juventus in front. Since Sandro's Serie A
debut in 2015, the left back has been directly involved in 23 goals (10
goals and 13 assists) - more than any other defender in the Italian
Still, there were more moments of concern for Juventus as Chiesa hit the crossbar two minutes before the break.
was restored in the second half as Ronaldo aimed his cross toward
Federico Bernardeschi and Pezzella turned it into his own net as he
attempted to intercept the pass.
Szczesny preserved the advantage with a difficult save on Bryan Dabo in the 90th.
to Juve," Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella said. "They definitely
didn't win the league today. They earned it over the entire season."