The Italian Serie A roundup




Goals and more goals dominated the headlines as the last day of the Serie A ended with Lazio knocking out Napoli for a Champions League spot.

The Italian Serie A roundup

The Italian Serie A roundup

Rafael Benitez’s two year stint as the manager of Napoli ended in disappointment as he failed to secure Champions League qualification. Napoli needed to beat Lazio to keep up hopes of playing Europe’s elite competition next year but fell 2-0 behind before halftime. Higuain scored a brace but missed a crucial penalty as Lazio scored two more to secure their third place and a Champions League spot for next season.

Napoli’s hopes were further damaged as Fiorentina beat 10 men Chievo 3-0 to leapfrog Napoli to fourth place. Palermo had an unimpressive season but managed to sign off in style by beating AS Roma at the Stadio Olympico.

POS TEAM MP W D L F A D P
1. Juventus 38 26 9 3 72 24 +48 87
2. AS Roma 38 19 13 6 54 31 +23 70
3. Lazio 38 21 6 11 71 38 +33 69
4. Fiorentina 38 18 10 10 61 46 +15 64
5. Napoli 38 18 9 11 70 54 +16 63

Genoa lost 3-1 at Sassuolo but secured an Europa League spot, provided they successfully attain the UEFA license. If they do not attain the license, their European spot will taken by Sampordia who finished 7th. Inter won a pulsating game against Empoli while Torino finished their season on a high beating the already relegated Cesena 5-0. AC Milan capped of a very unimpressive season with a 3-1 win over Atlanta.

POS TEAM MP W D L F A D P
6. Genoa 38 16 11 11 62 47 +15 59
7. Sampordia 38 13 17 8 48 42 +6 56
8. Inter Milan 38 14 13 11 59 48 +11 55
9. Torino 38 14 12 12 48 45 +3 54
10. AC Milan 38 13 13 12 56 50 +6 52

Luca Toni finished the season as the Serie A top scorer as Hellas Verona held Juventus to a 1-1 draw. Former European regulars Udinese played out another high scoring game in a 4-3 defeat at Cagilary. Parma, who will not be playing in Italy’s first division next season, signed off with a 2-2 draw against Sampordia.

POS TEAM MP W D L F A D P
11. Palermo 38 12 13 13 53 55 -2 49
12. Sassuolo 38 12 13 13 49 57 -8 49
13. Hellas Verona 38 11 13 14 49 65 -16 46
14. Chievo Verona 38 10 13 15 28 41 -13 43
15. Empoli 38 8 18 12 46 52 -6 42
16. Udinese 38 10 11 17 43 56 -13 41
17. Atlanta 38 7 16 15 38 57 -19 37
18. Cagilari 38 8 10 20 48 68 -20 34
19. Cesena 38 4 12 22 36 73 -37 24
20. Parma 38 6 8 24 33 75 -42 19

Icardi’s brace against Empoli pushed him to top of the goalscoring charts alongside Luca Toni while Carlos Tevez finished 3rd ahead of Higuain. Marek Hamsik of Napoli finished on top of the assists chart with 11 assists while the Palermo duo of Vasquez andDybala, along with Pjanic had 10 assists each.

PLAYER TEAM GOALS
Luca Toni Hellas Verona 22
Mauro Icardi Inter Milan 22
Carlos Tevez Juventus 20
Gonzalo Higuain Napoli 18
Jeremy Menez AC Milan 16

 

PLAYER TEAM ASSISTS
Marek Hamsik Napoli 11
Domenico Berardi Sassuolo 10
Franco Vazquez Palermo 10
MiralemPjanic AS Roma 10
Paulo Dybala Palermo 10

 

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