Accident for Juve in the final of the season, Inter second in Serie A

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Juventus fell for their second straight loss since securing a ninth consecutive Serie A title, losing 3-1 at home to Roma in their final game of the season on Saturday, days before the resumption of their Champions League campaign.

Inter Milan took second place with a 2-0 victory over direct rivals Atalanta in Bergamo, ending the season one point behind Juventus.

Juventus are eyeing their last 16 home games against Lyon next Friday, where Maurizio Sarri’s side must reverse a 1-0 deficit in the first leg.

Cristiano Ronaldo rested for the final match with nothing more to play against fifth-placed Roma.

Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain spearheaded Juventus’ attack after just six minutes at the Allianz Stadium.

But Diego Perotti inspired a retaliation from Roma by allowing Nikola Kalinic to nod in the equalizer after 23 minutes.

A penalty from Perotti before the break and a second six minutes after the start of the second half doomed Juventus to their third loss in four matches.

The team then lifted the trophy as they celebrated the 36th Scudetto victory in an empty Allianz stadium.

“There is still a big gap with Juventus,” said Inter coach Antonio Conte, whose team won a three-way battle for second place.

“Juve have a much better structure on and off the pitch. Now the others are trying to work to catch up. We have to be smart to figure out how to do this, not to go from depression to excessive euphoria. ”

Danilo D’Ambrosio nodded into Inter’s opening goal after just one minute in Bergamo, with Ashley Young doubling her lead after 20 minutes with a superb curling shot to boost confidence ahead of the Europa League game. next week against Getafe.

Atalanta’s 17 unbeaten league games dating back to January 20 have come to an end.

But coach Gian Piero Gasperini said it was the best preparation for their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain.

“This game with Inter gave us a good wake-up call, it was the best thing that could have happened to us,” said Gasperini.

“It was the best game we could find ahead of the Champions League.

“The last few weeks we’ve played more confident football, we’ve stalled a bit, but tonight we understood that you can’t play like that against this type of team, and it will be the same with the PSG. ”

– Record of immobile matches –

Lazio finished fourth, tied on points with Atalanta, having pushed for the title just one point behind Juventus when the season resumed on June 20.

Simone Inzaghi’s side fell 3-1 against Napoli, but forward Ciro Immobile scored his 36th goal of the season to tie the record for most goals in Serie A.

The 30-year-old Italy international put in after 22 minutes to equal Argentina striker Higuain’s record of 36 goals, set while playing for Napoli in the 2015-16 season.

Immobile will also win the European Golden Boot for continent’s top scorer this season, having surpassed Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski’s 34 total in midweek.

Napoli warmed up for their last 16 Champions League second leg against Barcelona with a win, but lost captain Lorenzo Insigne, who scored on the night, to injury.

At San Siro, Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a penalty but scored his 10th league goal since January as AC Milan finished in sixth place with a 3-0 victory over Cagliari.

The season ends on Sunday with Lecce and Genoa taking on Parma and Hellas Verona respectively in hopes of avoiding joining Brescia and SPAL in Serie B.

Genoa, 17th, is only one point ahead of Lecce, who occupies the last place of relegation.

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