Italian Serie A
FiorentinaFiorentina1JuventusJuventus2

Fiorentina 1-2 Juventus

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Juventus players celebrate
Juventus have only dropped two points of the last 75 available

Juventus are one game away from a fifth consecutive Serie A title, thanks to a dramatic victory over Fiorentina.

If second-placed Napoli fail to win away to Roma on Monday (14:00 BST), Juventus will be champions again.

Mario Mandzukic converted Paul Pogba's knockdown for the opener but Nikola Kalinic levelled from 20 yards late on.

Alvaro Morata scored the winner moments later before Kalinic had a penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon and then struck the bar in a thrilling finish.

Juventus have won 24 of their last 25 league games, drawing the other, since late October to climb from 12th place - and 11 points off the top - to the brink of the Scudetto.

Fifth-placed Fiorentina played well and were unlucky to lose, with Federico Bernardeschi having a goal harshly ruled out for offside in the first half.

They were, however, fortunate to win a penalty in the final minute, when Kalinic went down under minimal contact from ex-Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado, who had just come off the bench.

But justice was served when Juve legend Buffon guessed right to save the penalty - and then kept out the rebound from Bernardeschi.

Deep into injury time, ex-Blackburn striker Kalinic had another chance to level but his header from close range hit the crossbar.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri: "Everyone said we were dead and buried. We've bounced back with 24 wins from 25 games.

"We've had a memorable season and now we must round it off in the best possible way.

"Will we watch Roma v Napoli? We'll train and get ready for Carpi [next Sunday], then we'll hear the result."

Line-ups

Fiorentina

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Tatarusanu
  • 4Tomovic
  • 2RodríguezBooked at 57mins
  • 13Astori
  • 28Alonso
  • 5BadeljSubstituted forRoncagliaat 88'minutes
  • 20Valero Iglesias
  • 27TelloSubstituted forFernándezat 62'minutes
  • 72IlicicSubstituted forZárateat 53'minutes
  • 10Bernardeschi
  • 9N Kalinic

Substitutes

  • 6Facundo Costa
  • 7Zárate
  • 14Fernández
  • 16Blaszczykowski
  • 23Pasqual
  • 24Lezzerini
  • 26Kone
  • 32Roncaglia
  • 34Satalino

Juventus

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Buffon
  • 15Barzagli
  • 19Bonucci
  • 24RuganiBooked at 72mins
  • 26LichtsteinerSubstituted forJu Cuadradoat 88'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 6Khedira
  • 18Lemina
  • 10PogbaSubstituted forAsamoahat 84'minutes
  • 33Evra
  • 21DybalaSubstituted forMorataat 70'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 17Mandzukic

Substitutes

  • 7Zaza
  • 9Morata
  • 11de Carvalho Andrade Lima
  • 12Lobo Silva
  • 16Ju Cuadrado
  • 20Padoin
  • 22Asamoah
  • 34Rubinho
  • 37Pereyra
  • 38Audero
Referee:
Paolo Tagliavento
Attendance:
33,650

Match Stats

Home TeamFiorentinaAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home21
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fiorentina 1, Juventus 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fiorentina 1, Juventus 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Facundo Roncaglia (Fiorentina).

  4. Post update

    Álvaro Morata (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina) hits the bar with a header from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Davide Astori following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Davide Astori (Fiorentina) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Federico Bernardeschi with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Juan Cuadrado.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mauro Zárate (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Gonzalo Rodríguez (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Juan Cuadrado (Juventus).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nenad Tomovic with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Penalty saved! Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  14. Booking

    Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Penalty Fiorentina. Nikola Kalinic draws a foul in the penalty area.

  16. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) after a foul in the penalty area.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Fiorentina. Facundo Roncaglia replaces Milan Badelj.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus. Juan Cuadrado replaces Stephan Lichtsteiner.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Mauro Zárate (Fiorentina).

  20. Post update

    Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 24th April 2016

  • FiorentinaFiorentina1JuventusJuventus2
  • FrosinoneFrosinone0PalermoPalermo2
  • AtalantaAtalanta1ChievoChievo0
  • BolognaBologna2GenoaGenoa0
  • SampdoriaSampdoria2LazioLazio1
  • TorinoTorino1SassuoloSassuolo3

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus35274467184985
2Napoli34227572294373
3Roma341911473383568
4Inter Milan35197947321564
5Fiorentina351781056401659
6AC Milan34141194335853
7Sassuolo35131394439552
8Chievo35139134342148
9Lazio35139134547-248
10Genoa35127163943-443
11Empoli34119143745-842
12Torino35119154550-542
13Atalanta351011143743-641
14Sampdoria351010154851-340
15Bologna35117173344-1140
16Udinese35108173252-2038
17Carpi34711163351-1832
18Palermo3588193363-3032
19Frosinone3586213268-3630
20Hellas Verona34313182857-2922
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