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Juventus wins Serie A for sixth season in a row

Juventus FC players celebrate with the trophy after the beating FC Crotone 3-0

Juventus FC players celebrate with the trophy after the beating FC Crotone 3-0

ROME — Juventus clinched a record sixth consecutive Serie A title with a 3-0 win against relegation-threatened Crotone in the penultimate round on Sunday.

Mario Mandzukic gave Juventus the lead 12 minutes in by redirecting a cross from Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala scored with a precise free kick shortly before the break and Alex Sandro added another with a header near the end.

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Juventus moved four points clear of second-placed Roma, which last Sunday handed the Bianconeri their first Serie A loss since January.

Since Serie A was founded in 1929, no club had previously won more than five straight titles.

Torino won five consecutive titles from 1943-49 (a season was cancelled due to the Second World War during that span). Inter Milan took five in a row from 2006-10 and Juventus claimed a handful from 1931-35.

“We’ve written one of the greatest pages in the book of football history,” said Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon, who also won the 2002 and 2003 Serie A titles with Juventus.

“Winning is never easy,” Buffon added. “Beyond what people say, staying at the top is synonymous with sacrifice on everyone’s part . . . If you want to always win matches, you’ve got to always have your head in focus and your legs prepared.”

It’s the second title in five days for Juventus after a 2-0 win over Lazio in the Italian Cup final on Wednesday.

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