A decisive fixture against Palermo, wins over Inter and a Derby della Mole triumph form part of our look back at some memorable moments from the Easter period
Games played over Easter have traditionally produced plenty of excitement for Bianconeri supporters.
Here we feature decisive encounters that have tipped the title balance in our favour, historic rivalries, derby delights and the period’s most prolific marksman.
On 7 April 2012, Juventus were embroiled in a head-to-head battle with Milan at the top of the table. Antonio Conte’s men headed to Palermo in second place, knowing that a win would put them in the Serie A driving seat following Milan’s shock home defeat at the hands of Fiorentina earlier that day.
Second-half goals from Leonardo Bonucci and Fabio Quagliarella proved the difference at the Stadio Renza Barbera, giving Juventus an advantage that they would refuse to relinquish en route to the club’s 30th Scudetto title.
A regular fixture of the Easter period has been the meeting with historic rivals Inter, who, in the last 20 years, have been pitted against the Bianconeri on no less than four occasions during the holiday season.
These four encounters have produced as many victories for the team in the black and white stripes: in 1994, 2001, 2008 and 2013.
There was also a memorable Derby della Mole encounter contested in the run up to Easter. Almost 20 years ago, on 6 April 1996, Juventus locked horns with inter-city rivals Torino at the Stadio Delle Alpi.
It wasn’t plain sailing for Marcello Lippi’s men, who were required to battle back from Ruggiero Rizzitelli’s opener just past the half-hour mark. But a second-half revival, led by an inspired Conte in the centre of midfield, yielded an instant Sean Luca Sogliano own goal before Gianluca Vialli sealed all three points with his tenth strike of the season.
Setting the benchmark for goalscoring contributions in games played over the Easter weekend is none other than Alessandro Del Piero, who marked his particular fondness for the time of year with eight goals.
In fact, the striker’s last double for Juventus came right on the stroke of Easter celebrations, with Catania falling victims to his prowess in front of goal on 23 April 2011.