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  • May 23, 2015
  • • 12:00 PM
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: L. Banti
  • • Attendance: 40485
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Stefano Sturaro celebrates scoring his first Juventus goal

Juventus 3-1 Napoli: Champion turns on the style

Stefano Sturaro celebrates scoring his first Juventus goal

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Juventus ended another season of success in Serie A unbeaten on home soil after beating Napoli 3-1 on Saturday.

Serie A champion Juventus rounded off its efforts at home for the season with a 3-1 win against Napoli on Saturday.

With the home side having secured the second trophy of a potential treble by winning the Coppa Italia on Wednesday, the Juventus Stadium was in party mode and Roberto Pereyra set the celebrations in full swing as he scored the opener in the 13th minute.

Napoli needed the points to close the gap to Lazio and Roma - who play each other on Monday - in the UEFA Champions League spots, though defeat for Rafael Benitez's side guarantees Rudi Garcia's men a top-three place.

The away side was handed a way back into the game as Kwadwo Asamoah blatantly handled inside the penalty area and David Lopez scored on the rebound from Lorenzo Insigne's saved penalty kick.

However, Stefano Sturaro's wonderfully composed effort put Juventus back in front and Simone Pepe rounded off the win in stoppage time with a penalty conceded by Miguel Britos - who savagely headbutted Alvaro Morata after pulling the striker's shirt and was sent off.

Victory was Juve's 16th from 19 home games in Serie A this term - the other three were drawn - underlining the dominance Massimiliano Allegri's side has held over its rivals this term as it continues to build form for next month's Champions League final against Barcelona.

Juventus paraded the Coppa trophy pre-match, having beaten Lazio after extra time in midweek, and all but two players were afforded a rest after the exertions - Paul Pogba and Andrea Barzagli the only men to feature again.

One of Allegri's additions saw Asamoah return to Juve's lineup for the first time in six months after a knee injury.

Despite a much-changed lineup, Juve's fearsome home record rarely looked in doubt and Pereyra got his team off to a great start. Kingsley Coman's chipped through ball beat a static Napoli back line and Pereyra nipped in to finish past a helpless Mariano Andujar.

The game became more notable for the colorful displays in the stands as Juve took control of the contest prior to the interval, with Napoli unable to convert any good territory into clear-cut chances.

However, the carnival atmosphere was spoiled five minutes into the second half as Asamoah blocked Dries Mertens' attempted pass with his hand, and Lopez spared Insigne's blushes after Gianluigi Buffon had made a fine save to his right.

Buffon was again imperious to keep out Spanish midfielder Lopez's vicious volley and turn substitute Marek Hamsik's header past the post.

And Sturaro backed up the efforts of the veteran goalkeeper, turning sharply past his marker on the edge of the box before continuing into the penalty area and curling high into Andujar's right-hand corner.

Britos' ugly attack on Morata after fouling the Spaniard left a slightly sour taste, but a post-match trophy parade of the Scudetto was a worthy reward for Italy's best by far.

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