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Juventus Wins Italian Soccer League; Ajax Takes Dutch Title

May 05, 2013

Soccer Player Gianluigi Buffon

Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrates the 1st goal of his team during the match between Juventus and Palermo on May 5, 2013 at the Alps stadium in Turin, Italy. Photographer: Olivier Morin/AFP via Getty Images

Juventus won the Italian soccer league today for a record-extending 29th time with a 1-0 home victory over Palermo. Ajax clinched the Dutch title.

Juventus, which also won the league last year, scored with a 59th-minute penalty by Arturo Vidal. The Turin-based team took the championship with three games to spare. It has an unbeatable 14-point lead over Napoli, which hosts Inter Milan later today.

Juve’s Paul Pogba was red-carded after 83 minutes for spitting at Salvatore Aronica.

Ajax won the Dutch league for a record-extending 32nd time, and the third straight year, with a 5-0 home victory over the Eredivisie’s bottom team, Willem II.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Christian Eriksen put Amsterdam- based Ajax 2-0 up by halftime and the team added goals by Viktor Fischer, Siem de Jong and Danny Hoesen after the break.

Ajax has 73 points, four more than second-placed PSV Eindhoven with one game left. PSV had a 4-2 home win over NEC while Feyenoord lost 2-0 at ADO Den Haag and has 66 points.

Coach Frank de Boer is the third man to lead Ajax to three consecutive league titles, after Rinus Michels and Louis van Gaal.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.


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