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Serie A Week 37: Relegation Race Only One Left

Luca D'Amico-Wong in Editorial, Serie A 24 May 2017

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Juventus were crowned champions once again after their win over Crotone. Image: Getty

Juventus were crowned champions, Milan claimed the last Europa League spot, and Empoli and Crotone prolonged the relegation race until the last week. Here’s a rundown of the week’s events.

Juventus Claim Title

It’s official. The Bianconeri claimed their sixth consecutive Serie A title with a 3-0 win against Crotone. The goals came from Mandzukic, Dybala, and Alex Sandro, and Juventus will now be able to focus on the Champions League final against Real Madrid in June 3rd. No one has been able to challenge Juventus in recent years, and it’ll be interesting to see if they can bring home the trophy for Italian football.

Milan Secure Europa League Spot

After weeks of hard-fought games and disappointing results, Milan finally claimed that elusive Europa League spot, launching them into European football for the first time in what seems like forever. Deulofeu, Honda, and Lapadula were the goalscorers — two new signings and one player who has barely played all season. Can Milan come up with anything in the Europa League? We’ll have to wait to see.

Napoli Demolish Fiorentina

Fiorentina were destroyed by Napoli, effectively ending their chances at a Europa League run. Koulibaly, Insigne, and Mertens got Napoli off to a 3-0 lead before Ilicic pulled one back.  Mertens finished the brace with the final goal of the match to keep Napoli in the race for second place in the league.

Inter Left Disappointed Again

Inter have to be disappointed with the way the season has gone, especially after the hundreds of millions they spent on signings during the summer. They may have defeated Lazio with the help of Andreoli, Hoedt (og), and Eder, but they missed out on European competition to rivals Milan. Lazio got a goal from Keita, but they have no reason to worry as they have already claimed direct qualification into the Europa League.

Roma and Chievo in High-Scoring Affair

Roma emerged victorious in a high-scoring affair thanks to braces from El Shaarawy and Salah and a goal from Dzeko. Chievo also got their fair share of goals from Castro and Inglese, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit. It has come down to the final week to see who will gain direct qualification to the Champions League, and barring an unexpected result against Genoa, it should be Roma.

Atalanta Edge Out Empoli

Alejandro Gomez scored the only goal of the match to power Atalanta past Empoli. While it may not have major implications for Atalanta, it does for Empoli, who are still running the risk of being relegated from the league should Crotone recoup the one point deficit.

Genoa Pull Themselves to Safety

Genoa secured their place in the league thanks to a win over Torino. The goals came from Rigoni and Simeone, and while Ljajic was able to score, it wasn’t enough for I Granata.

Sassuolo Dominate Cagliari

Sassuolo produced an emphatic 6-2 victory over Cagliari, with all the goals coming from different goalscorers — Magnanelli, Berardi, Politano, Borriello (og), Iemello, Matri, Sau, and Ionita. It was certainly a thrilling matchup, and it provided a spark of excitement that we usually don’t see from these sorts of matchups.

All Even at Sampdoria

Thereau and Muriel may have cancelled each other out, but the true story was in the red cards. The game had four red cards, two for each team, and it was a pretty strange game, to say the least. After all, what else would you expect from these two teams.

Pescara Claim Late Win

Pescara claimed a consolation victory over Palermo in a battle between two relegation-headed teams. Muric and Mitrita were the two goalscorers for Pescara as they eased their way past Palermo to claim just their third win of the season, the lowest tally in the league.

All Serie A Results, Week 37

Chievo vs Roma 3-5

Napoli vs Fiorentina 4-1

Empoli vs Atalanta 0-1

Milan vs Bologna 3-0

Juventus vs Crotone 3-0

Sassuolo vs Cagliari 6-2

Udinese vs Sampdoria 1-1

Genoa vs Torino 2-1

Lazio vs Inter 1-3

Pescara vs Palermo 2-0

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Luca D'Amico-Wong


Writer for Various Blogs including The AC Milan Offside on SBNation, Courtside Watch, Forza Italian Football, Clash Royale Tactics, and Soccer News. Loves AC Milan and Roger Federer. Avid football and video game fan who loves to travel. Will find blogging about football and video games in his free time.

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