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Champions Juventus got the party started on Monday evening with a narrow 1-0 win over Atalanta courtesy of Simone Padoin’s second-half goal.

The Old Lady, who have now won the Serie A title for the third consecutive year, had been crowned as champions after Roma were thumped 4-1 by the struggling Catania on Sunday afternoon.

They were far from their fluid best against Atalanta - with former Premier League duo Dani Osvaldo and Carlos Tevez particularly wasteful - but the Juventus Stadium was in jubilant fashion all evening as they bathed in the glory only a trophy can bring.

The streets of Turin had been consumed by a barrage of Juventus fans all day, with many opting to celebrate right at the heart of the city and create a party atmosphere.

Antonio Conte and his players applauded the crowd before and after the game, keen to show their gratitude after the overwhelming support afforded to them during this campaign.

Such support is perhaps part of the reason why the Italian side boast a staggering 100% home record at the Juventus Stadium this season, having swept all aside with relative ease.

In the other match of the eveing, Lazio and Verona played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Stadio Olimpico.

A win would have seen the home side rise to the lofty heights of seventh but they were pegged back twice and needed a last minute equaliser from captain Stefano Mauri to salvage a point from the game.

Keita Balde smashed Lazio in front prior to a Marquinho equaliser, with Senad Lulic and Juan Iturbe exchanging goals in the second half.

Serie A veteran and leading goalscorer Luca Toni struggled all evening, and was denied by a series of saves by goalkeeper Erit Berisha on a frustrating night for the Italian forward.

Romulo looked to have snatched a late winner for Verona when he netted in the 83rd minute, but for the second home game in succession Lazio were to produce some late, late drama.

After tying 3-3 with Livorno last month, Lazio produced another late equaliser to snatch a point. Germany forward Miroslav Klose was fouled in the penalty area by Michelangelo Albertazzi and Mauri slotted home at the second attempt after his initial spot-kick was saved.

Tempers reached boiling point at the final whistle, with both coaches becoming embroiled in a touchline spat. They were eventually separated and both will be frustrated to come away with just the one point.

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