Serie A champion Juventus sets new record in points

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Torino, Italy (4E Sports) – Serie A champion Juventus broke the 100-point mark and set a new league record with 102 points after a 3-0 blanking of Cagliari on the final day of the tournament at Juventus Stadium.

Last week, Juventus bagged its third straight Scudetto and their 30th overall in club history after Catania defeated AS Roma.

Despite this, Juventus was relentless against Cagliari, underscoring its superiority in Italian football once again this season.

Andrea Pirlo opened the scoring in the eighth minute with Fernando Llorente and Claiudio Marchisio also on target in a one-sided first half.

Juventus then played the clock down as the fans showed their support for coach Antonio Conte, who has raised doubts over his future recently.

Cagliari had the first chance of the game but Victor Ibarbo’s shot was saved by Gianluigi Buffon before the hosts took over.

Pirlo shot just over the crossbar minutes before delivering one of his trademark free-kicks, curling the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.

A Pirlo corner in the 15th minute caused enough confusion inside the Cagliari penalty area for Llorente to take advantage and double Juve’s lead from close range, effectively deciding the game against timid opponents.

Buffon denied Daniele Dessena in a one-on-one situation before Marchisio made it three five minutes before half-time from Llorente’s pass.

Meanwhile, Ioannis Fetfatzidis scored in the 83rd minute as Genoa ended Roma’s best campaign in four years on a sour note via a 1-0 win at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Despite the loss, Roma made it to the Champions League with 85 points, its best showing in terms of points since 2010.

Roma last hit the 80-point mark in 2010, accrued 82 in 2008, and won the 2001 title with just 75 points – notwithstanding the fact the previous format saw clubs play only 34 games each season.

In other matches, Catania downed Atalanta, 2-1; AC Milan beat Sassuolo, 2-1; Chievo Verona defeated Internazionale, 2-1; Lazio edged Bologna, 1-0; Napoli crushed Hellas Verona, 5-1; Parma blanked Livorno, 2-0; while Fiorentina and Torino battled to a 2-2 draw.

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