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Juventus' Paul Pogba, foreground, celebrate with teammates after winning the Serie A overall soccer title, in
a Turin hotel, Italy, yesterday. Juventus clinched its third straight and 30th overall Serie A title without even
playing. With second-place Roma losing 4-1 at Catania, Juventus' eight-point lead became insurmountable
because Roma only has two matches remaining. Juventus, which has three games to play, can celebrate when
it hosts Atalanta today although the Turin squad's players and coach Antonio Conte were already celebrating
outside their team hotel wearing championship T-shirts. AP PHOTO
ROME---Juventus clinched its third
straight and 30th overall Serie A title
yesterday without even playing.
With second-place Roma losing 4-
1 at Catania, Juventus eight-point lead
became insurmountable because Roma
only has two matches remaining.
Juventus, which has three games to
play, can celebrate when it hosts Ata-
lanta on Monday although the Turin
squad s players and coach Antonio
Conte were already seen celebrating
outside their team hotel wearing cham-
"It s much more satisfying when you
win on the pitch. But it s still very grat-
ifying," Juventus captain Gianluigi Buf-
The title was a bit of a consolation
for Juventus after it was eliminated
from the Europa League semifinals by
Benfica on Thursday --- missing out on
the final in its home stadium.
"I was sleeping, resting up for tomor-
row s match," said striker Carlos Tevez,
who leads Juve with 19 goals in 31
matches, on Sky TV. "But my team-
mates woke me up and there was a lot
of excitement. Although I was hoping
to celebrate the title before our fans
In Sicily, Mariano Izco scored for
Catania in the 26th and 34th minutes.
Gonzalo Bergessio also netted for the
hosts in the 55th after Roma captain
Francesco Totti pulled one back in the
37th. Then Pablo Barrientos added
another for Catania in the 79th.
The loss ended Roma s nine-match
winning streak, and the Giallorossi put
up little resistance against a Catania
side fighting to avoid relegation.
Roma, which had already clinched
second place and the last direct Cham-
pions League berth, was hoping to keep
the title race open until next weekend
when it hosts Juve. However, Roma
coach Rudi Garcia said Saturday the
title race was over and complimented
Juve on its near-perfect season.
"We did everything wrong today,"
Roma coach Rudi Garcia said. "The
only thing I didn t get wrong was when
I said yesterday that the season was
over. Although I wasn t expecting a
match like this. ... I ll expect a response
Juventus has won all 17 of its home
matches and lost only two away games.
Both Tevez, who signed from Man-
chester City, and striker partner Fer-
nando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao) --- who
has 15 goals --- joined Juventus before
the start of this season and were key
players in the title run.
Juve s defense featuring Italy stalwarts
like Buffon in goal and defenders Giorgio
Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo
Bonucci was just as solid. And midfield
maestro Andrea Pirlo is still performing
near his best at 34.
There was controversy two years ago
when Juventus celebrated what it
claimed was its 30th title, although it
actually only had 28 championships
then since two were revoked following
a 2006 match-fixing scandal.
It s the first time Juventus has won
three straight since taking five consec-
utive titles from 1931-5.
Elsewhere yesterday, it was: Chievo
Verona 0, Torino 1; Genoa 0, Bologna
0; Parma 2, Sampdoria 0; and Udinese
5, Livorno 3.
third straight title
SEATTLE---Seattle s Chad Marshall
headed in a corner from Marco Pappa
in the 84th minute to complete a 2-
1 home win over Philadelphia on Sat-
urday, keeping the Sounders atop the
Major League Soccer standings.
Seattle fell behind in the 13th minute
when Brad Evans put the ball into his
own net and the Union held that lead
until Obefemi Martins equalised in
the 61st. Philadelphia has got eight
games without a win, levelling the
club s longest winless sequence.
TORONTO 1, NEW ENGLAND 2
Defender Doneil Henry made two
mistakes that led to New England goals
in the Revolution s 2-1 victory at
Henry s turnover in the 24th minute
led to the first goal for New England,
as Daigo Kobayashi sent a through ball
for rookie Patrick Mullins, whose beat
the diving goalkeeper for his first MLS
Henry compounded the error when
he gave away a penalty for hand ball
in the 82nd minute and Lee Nguyen
converted from the spot.
Toronto had taken the lead through
AJ Soares in the sixth minute but fell
to a third-straight defeat.
CHICAGO 2, REAL SALT LAKE 3
Real Salt Lake s Joao Plata scored
twice in the final 24 minutes, including
the winner in stoppage time, to giving
the visitors a 3-2 win at a Chicago
side that is still winless after eight
The Fire lost despite scoring twice
in the first 30 minutes, with Mike
Magee and Juan Luis Anangono finding
the net. Plata pulled a goal back in the
72nd minute, Alvaro Saborio equalised
at the start of stoppage time and then
Plata came up with the last-gasp win-
ner for Real Salt Lake, which remained
two games behind Seattle for the
league s best record.
COLORADO 1, LOS ANGELES 0
Colorado s Vincente Sanchez scored
in the 20th minute and the Rapids
held on for a win over Los Angeles.
Sanchez, who sat out the second
half with a sore left knee, curled a shot
between two defenders to record his
team-leading fifth goal.
Galaxy striker Robbie Keane had a
chance to equalise from the penalty
spot in the 62nd but shot wide, and
Los Angeles lost its first game in five.
The Galaxy has the equal least goals
this season, with seven from six games.
Seattle stays top of MLS
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