Juventus Wins Italian Soccer League; Ajax Takes Dutch Title
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.