The ultimate farewell: Del Piero on target as Serie A champions Juventus end unbeaten
17:14 GMT, 13 May 2012
17:23 GMT, 13 May 2012
Alessandro del Piero scored in his last league appearance for Juventus as the newly crowned Serie A champions beat Atalanta 3-1 to become the second Italian side to win the title by going the whole season unbeaten.
Del Piero signed off in style in front of the home fans as he doubled Juventus' lead in the 28th minute to cap a near 20-year career with the Old Lady.
Juventus took the lead in the ninth
minute when Marco Borriello forced his way into the area and set up Luca
Marrone, who opened the scoring with a powerful right-footed shot.
The perfect send-off: Alessandro del Piero holds the Serie A trophy aloft
And Del Piero, who has been at
Juventus since 1993, scored his 289th goal for the club shortly before
the half hour when he fired home from the edge of the area.
The Juve captain was substituted in
the 57th minute to a standing ovation as the players and staff of both
teams joined in with the resounding applause for the club icon.
The standing ovation and cheers
continued even after Del Piero had left the field and the fomer Italy
forward got back off the bench and walked around the pitch saluting the
fans and gathering scarves which had been thrown down to him.
Bellissimo: Juventus get the party started in Turin
The city of Turin was in party mood with hundreds of thousands of fans gathered in the streets as Juventus celebrated its first title in nine years.
Around 5,000 fans welcomed the team bus as it arrived at Juventus Stadium, decorated with three stars as the club still counts the two titles it was stripped of following the 2006 match-fixing scandal.
Antonio Conte's team became only the third side ever to go the entire season without losing a game. Milan also won the title unbeaten in 1992.
Perugia went the entire 1978-79 season without losing a game but didn't win the league.
Emotional: Del Piero waves to the Juventus faithful
Atalanta pulled one back eight minutes from time when Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner turned Giacomo Bonaventura's cross into his own net but the home side restored its two-goal advantage in stoppage time after Thomas Manfredini brought down Borriello in the area and Andrea Barzagli fired home the resulting penalty.
The celebrations are set to continue through the night, with an open-topped bus parade planned for this evening.
It was also emotional at San Siro as
AC Milan bid farewell to club stalwarts Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro
Gattuso and Filippo Inzaghi as well as Mark van Bommel.
Arrivederci: Alessandro Nesta bades farewell to the San Siro
Inzaghi scored to help Milan beat
Novara 2-1. However, it was of little importance as Juventus was four
points clear heading into the final game of the season and claimed its
28th league title last weekend after beating Cagliari 2-0 while AC Milan
lost 4-2 to Inter Milan.
Before the game at Milan, Nesta, Gattuso, Inzaghi and Van Bommel were given a standing ovation as clips of important matches they had played in were shown on the big screen during the warmup and they were individually thanked over the loudspeaker.
It seemed as if Novara was going to ruin their farewells when Santiago Garcia gave it the lead in the 20th minute but Mathieu Flamini leveled 11 minutes after the break and Inzaghi scored the winner eight minutes from time for his 156th Serie A goal in his 300th appearance.
Elsewhere, Fiorentina drew 0-0 at home to Cagliari.