Kean caps stel­lar sea­son for tre­ble-chasers Ju­ven­tus

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MI­LAN: Teenage star­let Moise Kean came off the bench to score a last-gasp win­ner with his maiden Serie A goal as Ju­ven­tus closed their record-set­ting sea­son with a 2-1 win at Bologna on Satur­day.

Fresh from se­cur­ing a record third suc­ces­sive league and Cup dou­ble, Ju­ven­tus looked to be head­ing for a dis­ap­point­ing draw after Paulo Dy­bala lev­elled Saphir Taider’s su­perb 52nd minute strike on 70 min­utes.

But Kean, who re­placed Ar­gentina play­maker Dy­bala with 11 min­utes to play, had the fi­nal say for the Turin giants with a great div­ing header from Mi­ralem Pjanic’s free kick in the 94th minute.

It was the first goal scored in Serie A by a player born in 2000 or after, and has un­der­lined 17-yearold Kean’s bright fu­ture after be­ing given his de­but by Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri ear­lier this sea­son.

Ju­ven­tus, who se­cured a record sixth con­sec­u­tive scud­etto with a 3-0 win over Cro­tone last week, will face Real Madrid in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal on June 3.

Al­le­gri said they will soak up their do­mes­tic suc­cess be­fore be­gin­ning to fo­cus on Real from Mon­day.

“The sea­son right now is great, we have our fi­nal game in Cardiff but we’ll only fo­cus on that from Mon­day,” said Al­le­gri, who has steered Juve to two Cham­pi­ons League fi­nals in three years.

On Kean, he added: “Nat­u­rally, I’m very happy with Kean who, along with (goal­keeper, Emil) Aud­ero can look for­ward to some more play­ing time next sea­son.

“The team did well, even though it took un­til their goal for us to re­ally wake up.”

Roma hosted Genoa late yes­ter­day in what will be Francesco Totti’s fi­nal game with the club after a 25-year ca­reer spent en­tirely with the Gial­lorossi.

But with sec­ond spot up for grabs, and third-placed Napoli only a point fur­ther be­hind be­fore they travel to Sam­p­do­ria, Roma coach Lu­ciano Spal­letti said Totti’s needs come sec­ond.

“What kind of party will it be if we don’t get the three points? We have to think about win­ning first and fore­most,” he said.

A sec­ond-place fin­ish will guar­an­tee Roma a place in the group stages of next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League, and seal a ninth run­ners-up spot since win­ning the Serie A ti­tle for the last time, in 2001.

But Spal­letti, who has been linked to the va­cant po­si­tion at In­ter Mi­lan fol­low­ing the re­cent sack­ing of Ste­fano Pi­oli, said he won’t rain on Totti’s pa­rade.

“He will play a good por­tion of the game, the most im­por­tant part,” he added.

Be­fore Sun­day’s out­ing, Totti has racked up 784 ap­pear­ances for Roma, 618 of which have been in Serie A. AFP

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