TRIESTE, ITALY - MAY 06: Mirko Vucinic of Cagliari Calcio celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Cagliari Calcio and Juventus FC at Stadio Nereo Rocco on May 6, 2012 in Trieste, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Serie A, Week 37: Juventus Clinch First Scudetto In 9 Years

For the first time since their return to Serie A post-Calciopoli, Juventus have won the scudetto. Inter Milan defeated AC Milan 4-2 at the San Siro to clinch the title for the Old Lady.

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Juventus Beat Cagliari 2-0, Win 2012 Scudetto

Juventus are champions of Italy after a 2-0 win against Cagliari.


Inter Vs. Milan, 2012 Serie A: Nerazzurri Win, Help Juve To Scudetto

Inter Milan have kept their hopes of qualifying for Europe alive, while simultaneously deciding the title race between their two fiercest rivals. AC Milan will not be winning the scudetto this season thanks to a brilliant performance by Inter Milan at the San Siro on Sunday night. The referee had a very eventful match and his most egregious error benefited the rossoneri, but Inter fought back to win 4-2 on the back of a Diego Milito hat trick.

Milito's first goal was an easy one, scored on a set piece in the first half and assisted by some very poor marking. He netted in the 14th minute, finishing off an assist by Walter Samuel, who hit a header into his path to set up a simple goal.

Just before the stroke of halftime, the referee granted a controversial penalty to Milan. Kevin-Prince Boateng drew it, though he certainly didn't appeal to the referee to win it. While running into the box at Julio Cesar, he took a heavy touch that allowed Cesar to make a clearance without contacting him. The referee thought he saw a foul and granted a spot kick to Milan, which Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted to make it 1-1 at the break.

Milan took the lead just 30 second into the second half through one of the best goals of the Serie A season thus far. Ibrahimovic was the finisher with a couple of absolutely brilliant touches. His first touch on a pass from Robinho took him away from the Inter defense and put him into a great shooting position, and his second touch was a spectacular placed finish past Julio Cesar at the far post.

Seven minutes later, Inter found a surprise equalizer through a penalty kick. Ignazio Abate pulled on Milito's shoulder and the Argentinian went down easily, though it's hard to fault the referee for giving the spot kick. Abate certainly pulled on Milito from behind, and should have known better. Milito stepped up and converted for his second goal of the game, and would score the winner on yet another penalty. That one was given 79 minutes in for an Alessandro Nesta handball, and Milito scored to record the first hat trick in nearly 50 years in a Milan Derby.

Though the goal wasn't needed, Maicon put the exclamation point on Inter's performance with a goal that rivaled Ibrahimovic's open play strike for quality. From 25 yards out, the right back took a rip and blasted the ball past substitute goalkeeper Marco Amelia, who was forced into action by an injury to Christian Abbiati, to seal the win for Inter.

Because of this result and Juventus' win against Catania, Milan will have nothing to play for on the final day of the season. They can't move down in the table, nor can they move up. Juventus have won the scudetto for the first time since their return to Serie A.


Inter Vs. AC Milan, 2012 Serie A: Lineups For The Derby Della Madonnina

The Derby della Madonnina always seems significant, simply due to the two Milan teams doing battle in the stadium they share. This season, the pressure is on for both teams. Inter could, technically, still claim third place, if Udinese lose next week and the nerazzurri take their last six points. But the risks are higher for the visiting team. If Juventus win against Cagliari, the rossoneri must defeat Inter in order to have any hope of the scudetto.


Inter Milan Starting XI: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Walter Samuel, Yuto Nagatomo; Fredy Guarin, Esteban Cambiasso, Javier Zanetti; Wesley Sneijder, Ricardo Alvarez, Diego Milito

Inter Bench: Luca Castellazzi, Ivan Cordoba, Giampaolo Pazzini, Angelo Palombo, Joel Obi, Andrea Ranocchia, Mauro Zarate

AC Milan Starting XI: Christian Abbiati; Ignazio Abate, Alessandro Nesta, Mario Yepes, Daniele Bonera; Antonio Nocerino, Mark Van Bommel, Sulley Muntari; Kevin-Prince Boateng; Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho

Milan Bench: Marco Amelia, Philippe Mexes, Gennaro Gattuso, Alberto Aquilani, Maxi Lopez, Mattia De Sciglio, Antonio Cassano

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