As Juventus celebrate, the five key games en route to a fourth straight Serie A title
October 5, 2014
Juventus 3 Roma 2
Having battled for Serie A supremacy throughout the 1980s when Michel Platini ruled at Juventus and Brazilian Falcao was the hero at Roma, a classic rivalry came roaring back to life in spectacular, but controversial fashion only six games into the campaign. Match referee Gianluca Rocchi awarded three penalties in the first half alone and wielded two red cards before Juventus, thanks to a late Leonardo Bonucci winner that Roma claimed was offside, reaped the rewards.
November 1, 2014
Empoli 0 Juventus 2
After a 1-1 draw away to modest Sassuolo a week after their win over Roma, and having suffered a first league defeat away to Genoa (1-0), Juve faced a potential banana skin at Empoli but came away with all three points thanks to Andrea Pirlo and Alvaro Morata strikes in a 2-0 win. More than the result itself, the result restored confidence ahead of a three-game run that reaped wins at home to Parma (7-0), away to Lazio (3-0) and at home to Torino in the city derby (2-1).
January 11, 2015
Napoli 1 Juventus 3
Two matches before the halfway point of the season, Rafael Benitez’s Napoli hosted Juventus hoping to boost their own ailing scudetto bid, as well as breathe some life into the title race, only to be humbled by a Juve late show at the San Paolo. Even Napoli’s fans had to applause when French midfielder Paul Pogba opened the score with a stunning volley on the half-hour. Although Miguel Britos levelled on 64 minutes, further goals from Martin Caceres and Arturo Vidal sealed the first in a three-game winning run in which they scored nine goals.
March 2, 2015
Roma 1 Juventus 1
With the events of October’s controversial first meeting still fresh in the memory, Juventus travelled to the Stadio Olimpico wary of a backlash. But the expected Roma threat failed to materialise. Carlos Tevez broke the deadlock on 64 minutes and after Roma coach Rudi Garcia made three changes in the space of eight minutes, Seydou Keita levelled for the hosts eight minutes from time to snatch a share of the spoils.
April 18, 2015
Juventus 2 Lazio 0
A shock 1-0 reverse at bankrupt basement side Parma had seen Juventus, who opted to give Tevez the weekend off, suffer their second defeat of the season (thus far). But a week later Juve were back firing on all cylinders for a match that had the potential to reopen the title race had Lazio triumphed and claimed their ninth consecutive league win. Tevez struck his 18th league goal of the campaign in the 17th minute with a low angled strike from inside the area and Bonucci grabbed Juve’s second as the hosts opened up a 15-point lead on both Lazio and Roma.
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Published: May 3, 2015 04:00 AM