Alvaro Morata secured Juventus a 4-1 win over Bologna and Champions League football, who left Cristiano Ronaldo as an unused substitute.
Napoli’s failure to beat Verona at home meant the old lady climbed over the Neapolitans and finished fourth.
The pre-game selection controversy was forgotten early on when Federico Chiesa returned from the bar after Adrien Rabiot’s efforts.
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Shortly before half an hour, Alvaro Morata nodded home from close range after Paulo Dybala threw the ball over Lukasz Skorupski and Rabiot raced from deep into third place before half-time.
Morata scored another goal after brilliantly knocking down a long kick and finishing well before ex-Juventus man Riccardo Orsolini finished in style for some consolation.
Speaking of which – this is surely the end for Ronaldo at Juventus?
If it seemed likely that Cristiano Ronaldo wouldn’t be at Juventus next season, now it seems very likely.
Whether he was left out for tactical reasons or because he or his coach thought he was too tired – all of this was suggested before the game – it’s hard to believe that if he had been at a big game, he would not have played a role stay with the old lady.
With Juventus up against the top four and the record with and without Ronaldo being such a stark contrast, it was a huge call to drop him out of the starting XI – even if the Portuguese star admitted to being tired.
The fact that Andrea Pirlo has been in his first job for less than a year, one of the greatest in world football, and is in danger of losing his position is just one example of this.
But what can we expect from the man who received that Panenka penalty against England in the quarter-finals of the 2012 European Championship?
Juventus are expected to fight for the title again next season and if not they will likely be unemployed. One thing is certain, it won’t be for lack of a strong decision.
Man of the Match Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
It was a tough call between Dybala and strike partner Morata, but the posh Argentine, injured for most of the season, was in fantastic shape.
The two made an excellent match, at no point more than at the moment of the game when Dybala enchanted Jerdy Schouten in a way that was appropriate for his compatriot and colleague Lionel Messi, number ten, before considering the goalkeeper and allowing his teammate to do so To end an attempt that probably just crawled well beyond the far post.
He was runner-up on the field for passes, almost all of which came with precision in the business portion of the field.
La Joya almost rounded the goal in the final minutes when his shot was parried against the post from a narrow angle.
Bologna: Skorupski 5; Tomiyasu 6, Medel 6, Soumaoro 6, De Silvestri 6; Schouten 6, Svanberg 6; Skov Olsen 5, Vignato 5, Barrow 5; Palace 7.
Subs: Antov 6, Sansone 6, Orsolini 7, Baldursson 6.
Juventus: Szczesny 6; Cuadrado 7, De Ligt 6, Chiellini 6, Alex Sandro 6; Danilo 6, Rabiot 7; Church 8, Dybala 9 *, Kulusevski 7; Morata 8.
Subs: Bonucci 6, Bernardeschi 6, Arthur 6, McKennie 6.
6 ‘GOAL FOR JUVENTUS! Chiesa scores from a short distance. Kulusevski defeats Di Silvestri and then quietly retires for Rabiot. His shot is directed at the crossbar by Skorupski, and then Chiesa rushes to open the scoring.
29 ‘GOAL FOR JUVENTUS! Wonderful game by Dybala, who turns Schouten inside out and then flicks over the goalkeeper. The ball probably just missed the far post, but Morata was there to head home. He looked offside but was behind Dybala when he flicked the ball.
45 ‘GOAL FOR JUVENTUS! Rabiot slips home after Chiesa and Kulusevski team up to play him through.
47 ‘GOAL FOR JUVENTUS! Morata brilliantly takes a long kick and then drives forward before shooting over the goalkeeper who gets a good hand on the ball but can’t stop him from reaching the back of the net.
80 ‘GOAL FOR JUVENTUS – NOT ALLOWED! A nice goal by Kulusevski but his attempt is not allowed as he was offside at the start of the move as he clung to a rebound from McKennie’s shot. He turned back to two defenders and then shot into the net, but to no avail.
85 ‘GOAL FOR BOLOGNA! Orsolini scores against his former team. Palacio plays the ball forward at the front post and skilfully drove it deep into the farthest corner.
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