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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 19, 2014
MILAN---Juventus celebrated its third
straight Serie A title with a 3-0 home vic-
tory over Cagliari yesterday to reach 102
points for the season, a record in the major
Antonio Conte s side had already broken
the Serie A points record but ensured it
moved into triple figures by also becoming
the first Italian side to win all its home
"It is an incredible and historic feat, which
we have achieved all together," Conte said.
"What the players, staff and club have done
is something incredible. They have been
extraordinarily special and I will never stop
"Sometimes you forget that victory is an
exception, not normality. These lads have
achieved something unique together: it will
be difficult to repeat the 102 points. All
future comparisons will be made with this
Andrea Pirlo, Fernando Llorente and Clau-
dio Marchisio scored in a party atmosphere
at Juventus Stadium.
Juventus players posed for a team photo
with their children before kickoff while the
trophy presentation and an open-top bus
parade took place after the match. Juventus
clinched the title two weeks ago.
Also, Genoa beat Roma 1-0 and Catania
defeated Atalanta 2-1.
In later matches, Torino, Parma, AC Milan
and Hellas Verona are all vying for the final
Europa League spot.
Pirlo fired Juventus into the lead in the
ninth minute with one of his trademark free
kicks, although it was awarded as an own
goal by Marco Silvestri as it hit the crossbar
before going in off the goalkeeper s back.
Juventus doubled its lead six minutes later
when the defense failed to clear after Leonar-
do Bonucci flicked on Pirlo s corner and
Llorente tapped in for his 18th goal of the
Marchisio scored a spectacular third, con-
trolling the ball with his back to goal before
flicking it up and firing it home with a
At the start of the second half a huge
banner was unveiled bearing Conte s face
and the words "Without you we won t go
far ... because you are the best and have
Juve in your heart."
Conte, who has yet to commit his future
to the club, was given a standing ovation
when he emerged for the trophy presenta-
tion, moving his wife to tears.
Juventus was unable to parade the trophy
around the pitch. As soon as the trophy
was lifted, fans invaded the pitch---prompt-
ing players, their families and coaching staff
to run to the dressing room.
In Genoa, Greece international Yoannis
Fetfatzidis scored the only goal of the match
seven minutes from time.
Relegated Catania signed off from Serie
A with a victory following a stoppage-time
penalty from Gonzalo Bergessio and a strike
from Francesco Lodi.
Moussa Kone had equalised for Atalanta.
BERLIN---Hamburger SV drew 1-1 at
Greuther Fuerth yesterday to avoid the
club s first ever Bundesliga relegation on
Hamburg finished 16th in the Bundesliga
this season and drew 0-0 in the first leg
of its relegation playoff against Fuerth, which
finished third in the second division.
"We exhausted all our luck. We can t use
any more next season," Hamburg coach
Mirko Slomka said.
Hamburg started brightly, striking the
post through Hakan Calhanoglu before Mar-
cell Jansen s effort on the rebound was saved
by Fuerth goalkeeper Wolfgang Hesl.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored with a
header from the resultant corner in the 14th
Fuerth equalized through Stephan Fuer-
stner in the 59th to ensure a frenetic finale.
The home side pushed hard for the goal
that would have secured promotion at Ham-
burg s expense, only to be thwarted by goal-
keeper Jaroslav Drobny.
"He s a really great guy. He was sensa-
tional," Slomka said.
Drobny, playing in place of the injured
Rene Adler, made several crucial saves late
in the match to keep Hamburg, the only
founding member never to have been rel-
egated in the Bundesliga s 51-year history,
in the top flight for another year.
Hamburg faces a summer of upheaval
after the club s worst ever season. Slomka s
side lost its last five league matches of the
season and only secured the relegation play-
off place due to Nuremberg and Eintracht
Braunschweig s equally poor form.
Fuerth had been seeking an immediate
return to the Bundesliga after one season
in the second division.
"It hurts a lot," Fuerth coach Frank Kramer
said. "I m sorry for the team. They weren t
rewarded. We played a great season." (AP)
MARSEILLE---Marseille goalkeeper Steve Man-
danda has pulled out of the France squad for the
World Cup in Brazil because of a neck injury.
"It s with sadness that I announce that unfor-
tunately I will not be able to hold my spot in the
World Cup squad," Mandanda said yesterday on
his Twitter account.
Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier
replaced Mandanda in the France squad. He was
included by France coach Didier Deschamps in
the list of seven players on standby in case of
Ruffier has earned only one cap for France com-
pared to 16 for the more experienced Mandanda.
French club Marseille said Mandanda suffered
a neck sprain and a crack in the first cervical ver-
tebra, adding that he would need to wear a neck
brace for three weeks and undergo rehabilitation
for a similar period of time.
France will open its World Cup campaign against
Honduras on June 15 before facing Switzerland
and Ecuador in Group E. (AP)
out World Cup
BRUSSELS---Anderlecht won its third straight
Belgian league title yesterday s final day of the
playoffs, beating Lokeren 3-1 at home to keep
Standard Liege at bay.
Anderlecht trailed by as many as 8 points in the
playoffs between the top six league finishers but
had a sterling final run under new coach Besnik
Hasi, who replaced Dutch coach John van den
Brom only in March.
Anderlecht won the title with 51 points, 2 more
than Standard Liege. Club Brugge finished third
with 48. Anderlecht now goes straight into the
Champions League, while Standard Liege secured
Champions League qualifying by beating Racing
Genk 1-0. (AP)
BERLIN---Hertha Berlin has signed Switzerland
midfielder Valentin Stocker from Swiss champion
The Bundesliga side says on its Web site that
the 25-year-old Stocker is getting a four-year deal
through June 2018.
Hertha director Michael Preetz says, "Stocker
is an outstanding player who fits our requirements
precisely. He ll bring a lot of flexibility and goal-
threat to our attacking game."
Stocker scored 50 goals and set up 62 more in
175 games for Basel. He also has three goals in 21
appearances for Switzerland and will go to the
World Cup in Brazil. (AP)
PAMPLONA---The Spanish league match
between Osasuna and Real Betis has restarted
after being stopped for 35 minutes when a railing
collapsed in the stadium, injuring several fans
when they tumbled onto the pitch.
The incident at Osasuna s packed Sadar Stadium
occurred yesterday after Oriol Riera scored in the
Several fans were attended to on the pitch by
medical staff, with at least two taken away on
Fans injured at Osasuna
after railing collapses
Hertha Berlin signs
champion on last day
Hamburger SV narrowly escapes Bundesliga drop
Juventus sets new
points record in Serie A
Juventus' players and staff celebrate at the end of a Serie A match between Juventus and Cagliari at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy,
yesterday. Juventus celebrated its third straight Serie A title with a 3-0 home victory over Cagliari to set a new European record of 102
points. Antonio Conte's side had already broken the Serie A points record but ensured it moved into triple figures by also becoming the
first Italian side to maintain a 100 per cent home record. AP PHOTO
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