Juve celebrates Italian Serie A and cup double

Juventus beat Napoli 3-1 in Serie A as it celebrated winning the double of the Italian league and cup in a party atmosphere in Turin.
Stefano Sturaro put Juventus in front with a spectacular first goal for the club and Simone Pepe sealed the win from the spot after Napoli defender Miguel Britos was sent off in stoppage time for headbutting Alvaro Morata. Napoliand’s Champions League hopes are all but over as it remained three points behind third-place Lazio ahead of the Rome derby on Monday. It cannot now catch second-placed Roma and needs Lazio to lose the derby to leave it all to play for when the two meet in the final match of the season. In the evening match, Genoa snatched a late 3-2 victory over Inter Milan to boost its hopes of qualifying for Europe. There was a special atmosphere at the Juventus Stadium, in the final home match of the season, and the team paraded the Italian Cup before kickoff, while it was presented with its fourth successive Serie A trophy after the match. Massimiliano Allegri can clinch an impressive treble in his first year in charge if Juventus beats Barcelona in the Champions League final on June 6.
h2Hamburg in relegation playoffh2 Former European champions Hamburg SV beat Schalke 04 2-0 to avoid direct relegation from the Bundesliga and snatch a playoff spot for the second consecutive year as Paderborn and Freiburg went down. Surprise package Augsburg secured fifth place and will play in the Europa League after coming from a goal down to crush 10-man Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-1. Last seasonand’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund also secured a Europa League spot after a 3-2 home win over rivals Werder Bremen in coach Juergen Kloppand’s last home match. Dortmund are seventh and are guaranteed a place in Europeand’s second tier competition, either as German Cup winners, if they beat VfL Wolfsburg in this weekand’s final, or as seventh-place finishers, as second-placed Wolfsburg will play in the Champions League. Third place Gladbach will also play in Europeand’s premier club competition while Bayer Leverkusen finished fourth and will start their Champions League campaign in the last qualifying round after a 2-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt.
h2Valencia grabs last CL spoth2 Valencia fought back twice to earn a Champions League berth with a 3-2 away win that relegated Almeria on a dramatic final day of the Spanish league.Eibar also went down despite beating last-place Cordoba 3-0, while Deportivo La Coruna stayed up after coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 at already crowned champion Barcelona. Lionel Messi had put Barcelona in front with his 42nd and 43rd league goals of the season. and”Our supporters have a song that says this team never surrenders and thatand’s what happened,and” said Deportivo coach Victor Sanchez del Amo. and”We had the capacity to respond and this is the recompense for a job well done.and” Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick to lead runner-up Real Madrid to a 7-3 rout of Getafe as the Ballon dand’Or holder finished as the leagueand’s top scorer with the outstanding mark of 48 goals. That left him two goals shy of Messiand’s milestone from 2012. Granada was rescued by a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid, which finished in third place a year after winning the league title. Sevilla had to settle for a fifth-place finish despite beating 10-man Malaga 3-2. Unai Emeryand’s side can still reach the Champions League by successfully defending its Europa League title against Dnipro in Warsaw on Wednesday. Athletic Bilbao is bound for the Europa League along with Sevilla and Villarreal after securing seventh place with a 4-0 rout of Villarreal.
h2Benfica celebrates title in styleh2 The two young sons of a Benfica fan who was beaten by a police officer helped the team celebrate its recently won Portuguese league title.The two boys were on the pitch when Benfica lifted the trophy for its 34th league title in front of its supporters following a 4-1 win over Maritimo on the final day of the season. Benfica president Luis Vieira handed the trophy to the children, who then passed it on to team captain Luisao. Jose Magalhaesand’ sons, aged 9 and 13, witnessed his beating by a policeman last Sunday outside a stadium in Guimaraes. Neither boy was hurt, but the younger one screamed and”Dad! Dad!and” as the officer struck his father with a truncheon.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman