For the ninth season in a row, Juventus secured the Serie A championship when Cristiano Ronaldo set it on the way to a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria on Sunday, while the Portuguese veteran missed a late penalty.

The 35-year-old broke the deadlock with his 31st league goal of the season in the first half of stoppage time and Federico Bernardeschi added the second as Juve pulled seven points away from Inter Milan.

Juve clinched the championship with two games to spare in her first season under coach Maurizio Sarri following a stuttering run in which she claimed just one out of five matches ahead of Sunday.

Sarri, who won his career’s first major Italian win, blamed the side ‘s troubles for the unusual circumstance caused by the three-month coronavirus stoppage that led to a hectic six-week championship finish at summer’s end.

Juventus has 83 points while Inter, whose coach Antonio Conte led the Turin side to the first three titles of his current era, is on 76, and Atalanta and Lazio each have 75.

Sampdoria, who has moved away in the last few rounds from the relegation zone and is 15th, had Morten Thorsby send-off in the 76th minute for the second bookable offense.

Juventus lost two players to injury in the first half as defender Danilo sustained a muscular injury to his left leg after colliding with Gaston Ramirez and Paulo Dybala.

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