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Football:Juve thrash Bologna to seal Champions League spot

Football:Juve thrash Bologna to seal Champions League spot

Bologna's Rodrigo Palacio in action with Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci. (Photo: REUTERS/Alberto Lingria)

MILAN: Juventus climbed into the top four on the final day of the Serie A season to secure Champions League qualification after the Turin club beat Bologna 4-1 and other results went their way.

Andrea Pirlo’s Juve side moved one point above Napoli into fourth place as Gennaro Gattuso's team could only muster a 1-1 draw with mid-table Hellas Verona.

Serie A top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was surprisingly left on the bench for the crucial game, but Juve made a fast start in his absence as Federico Chiesa put them in front after five minutes.

Alvaro Morata and Adrien Rabiot struck before halftime to put the result beyond doubt and Morata doubled his tally early in the second half before Riccardo Orsolini pulled one back late on.

(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Ken Ferris)

Source: Reuters

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