Turin (Italy) (AFP)
While waiting for the Naples match on Sunday, Juventus returned to the battle for the Champions League on Saturday thanks to their painful victory against Inter Milan (3-2) on the 37th day of the Italian championship.
This success allows the Bianconeri to take fourth place with two points ahead of Naples (5th, 73 pts), which moves to Florence on Sunday (12:30 p.m.), and to pick up again at AC Milan (3rd, 75 pts), which faces Cagliari on Sunday (8:45 p.m.).
If their two rivals win, Juventus would regain 5th place and should win on the 38th and final day of the championship, hoping for a misstep from Naples and AC Milan.
The transfer of power with Inter Antonio Conte, who has just stolen the scudetto after nine consecutive titles, began to the advantage of Juve thanks to a penalty, in two stages, from Ronaldo (24th).
Inter came back after another penalty, transformed by Romelu Lukaku (36th).
In additional time of the first period, Juan Cuadrado took advantage of a favorable counter to send a long shot to the back of the net (48th).
In the second half, Juve held on for a long time, yet reduced to ten after the exclusion of Rodrigo Bentancur (56th), against the relentless waves of the Nerazzurri, but they gave in on a center deflected by Giorgio Chiellini in his own goal (84th) .
Andrea Pirlo's players finally regained the advantage thanks to a generous penalty converted by Cuadrado (88th).
The interists also finished at ten after the exclusion of Marcelo Brozovic (92nd).
- Roma wins the derby -
Saturday afternoon, Atalanta Bergamo got its ticket for the next Champions League even before the last day of the Italian championship by winning on the lawn of Genoa (4-3).
The Bergamasques took place in the first half, leading 3 goals to 0 thanks to Duvan Zapata (9th), Ruslan Malinovskyi (27th) and Robin Gosens (44th).
On returning from the locker room, the entrants made the difference: a double from Eldor Shomurodov (48th, 84th) and Goran Pandev (67th) for Genoa and Mario Pasalic for Atalanta (51st).
The "Dea" retains its second place (78 pts) and temporarily takes three points ahead of AC Milan which receives Cagliari (15th) on Sunday evening.
Even if the Rossoneri win in the next two matches, Atalanta is guaranteed to play in the Champions League thanks to a particularly favorable difference, which allows them to approach the last day of Serie A more calmly, the May 23, against AC Milan.
At the end of the evening, Roma won the derby against Lazio (2-0, goals from Mkhitaryan 42nd and Pedro 78th) and consolidated their seventh place, synonymous with qualifying for the play-offs of the Europa League.
Lazio, on the other hand, remain sixth at eight points behind Juventus and therefore can no longer finish in the top 4 qualifier for the Champions League.
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