SPAL delays Juventus title celebrations after shock win

SPAL's Kevin Bonifazi scores their first goal. (Photo: REUTERS/Alberto Lingria)

The Bianconeri were just a point away from sealing their eighth consecutive Serie A title win.

Juve seemed already with their mind on the Champions League second-leg match against Ajax on Tuesday and had many non-starters and youth players in their starting lineup against SPAL.

Big names including Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Mandzukic, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi and Leonardo Bonucci amongst many others did not take part in the match.

Now they will have to wait for next Saturdayโ€™s match against Fiorentina where they will need a win unless second-placed Napoli fail to beat last in the league Chievo tomorrow.

Once more, it was a Moise Kean strike which opened the score for the Bianconeri in the first half thanks to a Joao Cancelo assist.

Then it was defender Kevin Bonifazi, on loan at SPAL from Torino, who equalised just after half-time with his head from a corner for the home side.

With fifteen minutes to go, SPAL were able to find a second goal thanks to Serie A veteran Sergio Floccari which was enough to secure a prestigious victory for the Ferrara side.

It was SPALโ€™s first win against the Bianconeri since February 1957, more than sixty years ago and just the second loss of the season for Massimiliano Allegriโ€™s side.

Allegri started the match with Juveโ€™s youngest starting lineup in Serie A for 20 years, with the average age of the squad being that of 25 years and 104 days. Seventeen-year-old centre-back Paolo Gozzi became the youngest player to feature in a Serie A match this season.

The Bianconeri are still very close to winning a record eighth consecutive Serie A title that is every single title they played since moving into the Allianz Stadium back in 2011.

Juventus are currently leading the table with a 20-point advantage over Napoli who still have a game in hand and will face Chievo away from home tomorrow.

Although with todayโ€™s loss Juve were not able to seal the winning of the title which would have made it the fastest crowning of a Serie A trophy in history (with six matches remaining), the record will still arrive if the Partenopei fail to win against Chievo.

The record in Italy is that of winning the title with five rounds in advance.


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