Del Piero on target as Juve finish season unbeaten
Alessandro Del Piero, almost certainly playing his last home game for Juventus at the age of 37, celebrated with a goal as the Serie A champions beat Atalanta 3-1 on Sunday to finish their campaign unbeaten.sports Updated: May 14, 2012 01:35 IST
Alessandro Del Piero, almost certainly playing his last home game for Juventus at the age of 37, celebrated with a goal as the Serie A champions beat Atalanta 3-1 on Sunday to finish their campaign unbeaten.
Juventus became the second team only to win Serie A without losing a game after Fabio Capello’s AC Milan in 1991-92 and the first to achieve the feat in a 38-match season.
Del Piero curled the ball in from the edge of the penalty area in the 28th minute after Luca Marrone had fired the opener for Juve, who clinched the title one week ago.
An own goal by Stephan Lichtsteiner put a slight dampener on Juve’s celebrations in the 83rd minute before defender Andrea Barzagli converted a stoppage time penalty.
Barzagli had come on to the pitch one minute earlier to replace Giorgio Chiellini and became the 20th Juve player to score a league goal this season.
Club president Andrea Agnelli said last year that Del Piero’s contract would not be renewed when it expires at the end of the season, although he is under pressure from supporters to backtrack.
Del Piero, who has been used sparingly by coach Antonio Conte, could still feature in one more match for Juventus when they play Milan in the Italian Cup final on May 20.
Juventus finished with 84 points, four ahead of Milan, who won 2-1 against Novara in what was club legends Filippo Inzaghi, Alessandro Nesta and Gennaro Gattuso’s final game.