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Serie A Final Roundup – Week 38

The last week of an exciting Serie A season has passed and with Inter already capturing its 17th Scudetto, one storyline involved the relegation fight between Bologna and Torino. Marco Di Vaio scored his 24th goal of the season as Bologna defeated Catania 3-1 at home and will remain in the Serie A. Torino FC however will be relegated after they fell 3-2 to Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. Francesco Totti’s PK in the 83rd minute proved to be goal that sent Torino to the Serie B.

The marquee matchup featured a Top 4 meeting between AC Milan v. Fiorentinawith Champions League positioning at stake. The Brazilian duo of Kaka & Pato scored in the 2nd half as Il Rossoneri defeated I Viola 2-0 in Florence. The result did not change the standings for either squad. Milan finished 3rd despite being level on points with Juventus because Milan lost the head to head tiebreaker.

Fiorentina held on to the last Champions League spot despite Genoa pulling level on points after their 4-1 home win against Lecce. Diego Milito scored twice in his final match with Genoa to solidify 5th place. Genoa lost the head to head tiebreaker with Fiorentina to just miss the last Champions League spot and secure a Europa League spot along with Roma.

The final week of the Serie A was action packed as every match had at least two goals and 7 of the 10 matches had at least 3 goals. No one can say that Italian Serie A doesn’t play an attacking, attractive style of football.

Here are the Week 38 results and final standings:

SUNDAY, MAY 31st

Bologna 3 – 1 Catania
BOL: Nicola Mingazzini (5′), Claudio Terzi (26′), Marco Di Vaio (68′)
CAT: Takayuki Morimoto (50′)

Fiorentina 0 – 2 AC Milan
ACM: Kaká (55′) & Pato (76′)

Inter Milan 4 – 3 Atalanta
INT: Sulley Muntari (6′), Ibrahimovic (12′ & 81′), Cambiasso (80′)
ATL: Cristiano Doni (10′ & 53′) & Luca Cigarini (25′)

Juventus 2 – 0 Lazio
JUV: Vincenzo Iaquinta (3′ & 59′)

Napoli 3 – 0 Chievo
NAP: Francesco Montervino (4′), Mariano Bogliacino (7′), Piá (18′)

Reggina 1 – 1 Siena
REG: Christian Stuani (pen 45′)
SIE: Massimo Maccarone (76′)

AS Roma 3 – 2 Torino
ROM: Jeremy Menez (35′), Mirko Vucinic (74′), Francesco Totti (pen 83′)
TOR: Tommaso Vailatti (9′) & Nicola Ventola (88′)

Udinese 6 – 2 Cagliari
UDI: Asamoah (10′), Pepe (11′), Flores (15′), Pasquale (58′), Quagliarella (81′),
Ighalo (89′)
CAG: Robert Acquafresca (pen 55′) & Andrea Parola (57′)

Genoa 4 – 1 Lecce
GEN: Bosko Jankovic (22′), Domenico Criscito (52′), Diego Milito (56′ & 67′)
LEC: Simone Tiribocchi (32′)

Palermo 2 – 2 Sampdoria
PAL: Fabrizio Miccoli (8′) & Davide Succi (42′)
SAM: Giampaolo Pazzini (45′) & Marius Stankevicius (59′)

Inter Milan, Juventus, & AC Milan straight into 09-10 Champions League Group Stage
Fiorentina into Champions League playoff round

Genoa & Lazio into 09-10 Europa League playoff round
AS Roma into Europa League 3rd qualifying round

Torino, Reggina, and Lecce relegated into Serie B

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