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Match Report: Juventus vs Palermo

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Juventus 1-0 Palermo: Vidal spot kick seals second successive Scudetto for Bianconeri

The Old Lady won their second successive title with a very scrappy game against relegation fighting Palermo.

Juventus were not at their best but the title just seemed destined to happen, with Miccoli striking the post before Vidal scored yet another goal for Juve from the spot after a stupid shove in the back on Mirko Vucinic by Massimo Donati.

With the celebrations already starting Juventus’ could have had another goal in the last minutes with Fabio Quagliarella hitting a thunderous shot off the crossbar. Paul Pogba then saw red for spitting at Santiago Garcia but this did not affect Juve and the one goal still proved enough.

The Bianconeri went into the game only needing a point but it was clear from the whistle that victory was all they wanted. With wing back Kwadwo Asamoah frequently terrorising the Palermo defence early on.

Pogba and Pirlo were often probing though Juventus were struggling to breakdown the highly disciplined defense.

However Stephan Lichsteiner ripped Palermo open on the half hour mark with a delightful through ball for Mirko Vucinic only for the Montenegrin to hit it right at the goalkeepers feet.

As the game carried on the best chance Juventus had was an off target header from Paul Pogba, this drawn the first half to a close.

Juventus did not improve much on their first half performance and were very fortunate to have not fallen behind after Miccoli found some space for himself  and his shot took a big deflection off Chiellini and struck the post.

But just as it was looking as if Palermo could prolong The Old Lady’s 29th official Scudetto a moment of stupidity from Massimo Donati took all that away. Pogba delivered a lobbed through ball for Mirko Vucinic , he was in no position to score. Yet Donati foolishly shoved Vucinic in the back which left the referee in no position but to point for the penalty spot.

Vidal finished the penalty coolly, though his penalty was made easier as Sorrentino jumped relatively early in comical fashion.

Juve suddenly burst into life and in the sixteenth minute Pogba delivered yet another great for Vucinic but the shot was well saved this time.

Quagliarella then rattled the bar with a vicious shot from just outside the 18 yard box, just after coming on for Vucinic. Moments after Paul Pogba was sent off for a spit on Santiago Garcia, but this could not overshadow Juventus’ title which was minutes away.

Palermo then pushed back but with no real chances, Juventus held on comfortably and deservedly won their second successive title sparking wild celebrations and a pitch invasion from the Juventini  which was all in good nature.

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