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Sunday 5th May 2002

Internazionale handed the Scudetto to Juventus on Sunday when they crashed at Lazio.

The Nerazzuri lost a six-goal thriller, despite twice being ahead, then learned their title-rivals had eased to victory over Udinese with early strikes from David Trezeguet and Alex del Piero.

All had been going to plan for Inter when Lazio goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi lost his bearings and Christian Vieri put the visitors ahead on 11 minutes.

Karel Poborsky, possibly playing his last match for the Rome club, levelled in the 19th minute after a one-two with Stefano Fiore, but Luigo di Biagio promptly headed in to make it 2-1 to Inter.

Czech star Poborsky grabbed his second goal of the game just before half-time, though, when Vratislav Gresko misplaced a backpass and Inter old-boy Diego Simeone nodded Lazio into a 3-2 lead on 52 minutes that they never relinquished.

Simone Inzaghi made the game safe with No 4 on 72 minutes as Lazio took sixth spot in the final table and Inter players ended the match in tears.

Roma, two points behind Inter and one adrift of Juve before the start of play, overtook Inter for the runners-up spot by beating Torino with a 65th-minute goal from substitute Antonio Cassano.

The 2000-01 Scudetto holders therefore go automatically into the Champions' League first phase, while Inter must win a two-legged qualifier.

AC Milan snatched the fourth Champions' League spot with victory over doomed Lecce. Kakha Kaladze put the Rossoneri in front on six minutes and Massimo Ambrosini made it 2-0 just before the break.

Andriy Shevchenko sealed victory with a third goal shortly after half-time.

Bologna, who needed a win to force a play-off with Milan for the coveted European place, went down to second-half goals from Jonathan Bachini, Roberto Baggio and Luca Toni at Brescia.

It proved enough to gain the home side Serie A safety, as Verona slipped into the bottom four with defeat at Piacenza.

Sergio Volpi opened the scoring mid-way through the first half and leading Piacenza marksman Dario Hubner made it 2-0 from the spot just after the interval. Hubner scored again near the end to seal a comfortable win.

Chievo leapfrogged Bologna into fifth place by seeing off Atalanta with two goals from Federico Cossatto and Fiorentina ended a miserable campaign with defeat at Perugia.

Parma squeezed home against relegated Venezia courtesy of a late Johan Micoud goal.
 

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Juve pip Inter
Sunday 5 May 2002
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Juventus snatched the title away from Inter Milan in a dramatic final day to the Serie A season.

The Bianconeri, second for the last two seasons, were again in the runners-up spot going into the final day. But Inter Milan's one-point lead proved too fragile as they were beaten 4-2 at Lazio, while early goals from Alessandro Del Piero and David Trezeguet gave Juve a 2-0 win over Udinese.

Midfielder Antonio Conte, a veteran of three title-winning sides in Turin, said: "We're very happy and we are going to enjoy it. This is the greatest I have ever felt in my career."
 

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Juventus fans celebrate Scudetto
TURIN, Italy, May 5 (AFP)
Fans of Turin club Juventus were Sunday celebrating their club's unexpected triumph in the Italian first division title race with a vast street party in the northern city.
But Juve, whose fan base stretches far beyond their home city, were also being feted all over Italy, even in Milan where arch-rivals Inter were coming to terms with the 4-2 defeat by Lazio which cost them the title.
Naturally it was Turin that took centre stage with thousands thronging the central Piazza San Carlo where a victory party was getting underway.
Clad in the club's black and white colours Juve fans were celebrating the club's first victory since the 1997-8 season.
Turin's mayor Sergio Chiamparino said: "As mayor I am pleased that the Scudetto is returning to Turin. Juve deserved it."
But the scenes were being repeated all over Italy. Juve boast they are the best supported club in 11 of the country's 18 regions and the second-best supported in the other seven.
At Palero, Sicily several thousand 'Juventini' were celebrating while similar scenes were repeated across the island at Catania.
But there were reports of fighting in Rome as Inter fans clashed with Rome-based Juve fans while Juventus fans driving through Milan had their cars attacked by Inter supporters.
Even in Milan - where Inter and AC Milan are based - Juventus claim to be the second-best supported club after Inter.
AC Milan fans were also celebrating the demise of their arch-rivals while Milan's central Piazza Duomo quickly emptied as it became clear there would be no victory party.
Inter fans had prepared a mock funeral for an imitation zebra (the emblem of Juve) and a wolf (symbol of Roma) but in the end could only toast their own misfortunes.
 
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