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Relegated Verona Humble Serie A Champions Juventus

luci-toniSerie A’s bottom club Verona secured a surprise 2-1 victory over division champions Juventus. Verona, who have already had their relegation to Serie B confirmed, won thanks to goals from Luca Toni and Federico Viviani.

Juventus, who clinched their fifth consecutive title win with three games to spare, grabbed a late consolation goal through Paulo Dybala and also had Alex Sandro sent off.

Juve had gone into the game against Verona with a record of 25 wins from 26 matches, but Massimiliano Allegri’s men were unable to cope with Toni’s virtuoso performance.

The World Cup winner has enjoyed a storied career, turning out for some of some of the game’s elite sides, including Juve and Bayern Munich.

Toni held up the ball expertly, created chances for his team-mates and put in the sort of centre forward performance you might expect from a player half his age.

His cheeky Panenka penalty came just before half-time and after the restart he also started the move that led to Verona’s second goal, finding Viviani in space on the edge of the box, with the midfielder lashing into the far corner from range.

Juve – without a host of key players, including Mario Mandzukic, Paul Pogba, Alvaro Morata and Gianluigi Buffon – scored with the last kick of the game, a Dybala spot-kick.

But that only came after Alex Sandro’s stoppage-time dismissal as boss Allegri was left to lament a poor showing immediately after extending his contract with the Turin giants.