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Whether you saw the latest match or not, you might be interested in finding out what other people thought about it. So we have included at match report section where you'll find all the match reports from the last matches. If you are already thinking of the next match, check out our match previews as well.

Juventus wins Valle d'Aosta trophy
Juventus wins the 2002 edition of the Valle d'Aosta Trophy. The bianconeri confirm the last year's victory when they beat Napoli and Atalanta.

This time the Juventus' opponents are Reggina and Al Ittihad. Victory against the lybian (goal by Conte), and victory against Reggina at the penalites.

By the 11 meters, Trezeguet, Salas e Davids make no mistakes and Chimenti completed the task saving the last kick by Savoldi, after that Vargas and Mamede failed their shots. [more] 24.7.2002
Juventus - Valle DíAosta 8-1
First match of the season, a friendly match, for the Juventus and first victory: 8-1 against Valle d'Aosta. Great match of Marcelo Salas ("El Matador"): 3 goals for him. The first match of the season was of Thuram. Others goals of Trezeguet and Zalayeta.

The first goal of Thuram arrives at 22'. Great shot of the french player. [more] 18.6.2002
South Korea 2-1 Italy (aet)
Italy are out of the World Cup after Perugia’s Ahn Jung-Hwan scored a golden goal in a shock victory.

The Azzurri were just three minutes away from winning the tie before the co-hosts netted a late equaliser as the Italians paid the ultimate price for their defensive tactics. [more] 13.6.2002
Mexico and Italy both confirmed their presence in the second round with a hard-fought draw in Oita, Japan, as a goal five minutes from time by Alessandro Del Piero dramatically equalised Jared Borgetti’s tremendous first half header.

Mexico were minutes away from recording their first ever victory over the Italians, but the desperate Europeans poured on the pressure until the goal came their way thanks to Del Piero, who had come on the field only minutes before.

Filippo Inzaghi had the first chance of the game, but his ambitious volley from 25 metres was taken in by Mexico goalkeeper Oscar Perez (8’). Inzaghi beat Perez on a second chance from the top of the penalty area, but was ruled offside (13’). [more] 8.6.2002
Italy 1 - 2 Croatia
Italy's World Cup campaign has taken a decisive turn for the worse with a shock defeat to France '98 Semi-Finalists Croatia. The Azzurri - who had two goals controversially ruled out - must now beat Mexico in the final game to qualify for the second round.

Italy were expected to change their tactics back to the 4-3-1-2 formation, but an ingrown toenail to Gigi Di Biagio and the fact Filippo Inzaghi is not 100% fit prompted Giovanni Trapattoni to stick with the more solid 4-4-2. [more] 3.6.2002
Italy 2 - 0 Ecuador
The Azzurri began their World Cup adventure against tournament debutantes Ecuador in Sapporo and it was a confident display that will make them one of the favourites for the title.

Giovanni Trapattoni opted to field a more covered 4-4-2 formation with Francesco Totti as support striker to Christian Vieri, but the introduction of Cristiano Doni in midfield assured the Azzurri of more creative flair. [more] 10.5.2002
Parma - Juventus 1 - 0
Old foes Parma prevent Juventus from doing the double by taking the Coppa Italia on away goals.

Hidetoshi Nakata's late strike in Turin left Juve with only a 2-1 first leg lead and it took just three minutes for that aggregate scoreline to be levelled. [more] 5.5.2002
Udinese - Juventus 0 - 2
Juventus have taken the Scudetto on the final day of the season after many had ruled them out only a month ago. The Bianconeri are Champions of Italy as Lazio beat Inter 4-2 at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Bianconeri were in sparkling form ahead of this final encounter and were the new favourites for the Scudetto, even though three points here would mean nothing if Inter beat Lazio in Rome. [more] 28.4.2002
Juventus - Brescia 5 - 0
Juventus were all but cut out of the title chase this time last month, but on current form Marcello Lippiís men are the favourites to snatch this Scudetto. However, Roberto Baggio could yet spoil the party for his former club and Coach.

The bitter row between the two men continued as ahead of this match Lippi confirmed, "Baggio does not respect me and the feeling is mutual. The important thing is to know who your enemies are." [more] 25.4.2002
Juventus - Parma 2 - 1
Juventus drew first blood in the Coppa Italia Final but a late goal from Hidetoshi Nakata has given hope to Parma for the second leg.

The home side deservedly went 2-0 up through a penalty from Nicola Amoruso and man of the match Marcelo Zalayeta. But a late Parma onslaught saw Pietro Carmignaniís side net an injury time goal that keeps alive their Italian Cup dreams. [more] 21.4.2002
Piacenza - Juventus 0 - 1
Juventus could not afford to relax in the run-in to the title as Piacenza were on quite a roll, earning seven points in their last three games, and this was a very rapid and entertaining encounter decided in the final minutes.

This match was tinged with controversy as Inter President Massimo Moratti suggested that Juve were holding transfer talks with Dario Hubner ahead of this encounter - a claim denied by both clubs. [more] 14.4.2002
Juventus - Milan 1 - 0
Juventus were launched back into the title race last week, but this match with old rivals Milan was the real test of their Scudetto potential.

The Rossoneri - headed by former Juve Coach Carlo Ancelotti - seemed to dominate the midfield in the early period of the game. Gianluigi Buffon got down well to block an Andriy Shevchenko low drive. [more] 7.4.2002
Perugia - Juventus 0-4
Juventus claimed before this match that they had not lost hope of the title, and this performance has boosted their recent poor campaign.

David Trezeguet was rather fortunate to break the deadlock as after combining with Pavel Nedved, the Frenchman's scuffed shot bounced past Oscar Cordoba. [more] 30.3.2002
Juventus - Lazio 1-1
Juventus and Lazio risk ending the campaign empty-handed again and this share of the points is worth little to either side.

Alessandro Del Piero returned to the starting line-up but Pavel Nedved was unable to face his ex club after coming down with a bad bout of flu. [more] 25.3.2002
Parma-Juventus 1-0
Juventus ends up loosing at Parma on the 28th leg of the season. After a slow first half, the teams show off a more interesting second half. At first Lippi's team take hold of the match and show up more often on Parma's side. [more]