Juventus did it: without Cristiano Ronaldo, replacement, the Bianconeri crushed Bologna (4-1) and took advantage of the failure of Naples against Verona (1-1) to snatch a place in the Champions League, Sunday during a suspenseful final day of Serie A.
Milan, handsome second, also secured his ticket to C1, a competition he has not played for seven years, thanks to his victory (2-0) in Bergamo over Atalanta (3rd), already assured of his place in the Champions League with Inter Milan, champion.
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Naples (5th), big disappointed in the evening, will however have to be content with the Europa League with Lazio Rome (6th), while José Mourinho will discover with AS Rome (7th), next season, the new Europa League Conference .
For this decisive evening, Andrea Pirlo played without Ronaldo but with his moving game ideas and with the legs of Dejan Kulusevski and Federico Chiesa, already decisive on Wednesday in the Italian Cup final.
Rabiot scorer and greeted by Pirlo
Chiesa, from the 6th minute, opened the way in which Alvaro Morata (29th, 47th) and Adrien Rabiot (45th) rushed with greed, rewarded by his constant offensive contribution and greeted after the match by Pirlo.
A hell of a relief for Juve and his young coach at the end of a trying first season: the finances as the standing of the "Old lady" would have been very poorly accommodated in a season without C1.
What future for Ronaldo?
That doesn't quite solve the Ronaldo question, as Juve won the Italian Cup almost without him and left him on the bench for this decisive game.
What should be the role and future of the five-time Ballon d'Or, crowned top scorer in Serie A with 29 goals?
This is a question that will stir the next few days in Italy, as will the future of Pirlo, who has reiterated that he wants to stay while the names of potential successors have been waltzing for weeks.
“Me, I see myself 100% on the bench of Juve, but it's not me who decides.
Let's savor this qualification and in the coming days I will discuss with the club ”, launched the“ Maestro ”.
Two penos for Milan
Andrea Pirlo can thank the Napoli of his comrade Gennaro Gattuso, unable to convert his match point against a team that had nothing more to play, Verona.
Napoli thought they had done the hard part by opening the scoring by Amir Rrahmani (60th) in confusion.
But less than ten minutes later, Verona equalized by Davide Faraoni (69th) and put Juve back in C1!
Winter champion, Milan suffered in the return phase and the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic still trembled a lot in the stands of Bergamo: but Frank Kessié, him, displayed an unfailing coolness to transform the two penalties that are are presented at the end of each period (43rd, 90 + 3rd) of a very tense match against Atalanta.
"We wasted a match point last Sunday [0-0 against Cagliari], but we really deserved this second place," said coach Stefano Pioli.
Mourinho will discover the Europa League Conference
Lazio will accompany Naples in the Europa League while the last European place, in the Europa League Conference, was preserved in extremis by Roma against the appetite of Sassuolo.
Led 2-0 at La Spezia, the Giallorossi saved a point (2-2) with five minutes from the end thanks to Henrikh Mkhitaryan, enough to preserve the 7th place coveted by the Nervoverdi, winners of Lazio (2-0) .
Before this breathtaking final, Inter Milan celebrated their title with great fanfare in the afternoon with 1,000 fans admitted to San Siro and more than 4,000 others gathered in front of the stadium.
With on the ground a nice fireworks display against Udinese (5-1), before the official presentation of the trophy - the 19th for the Nerazzurri - and the tears of Romelu Lukaku.
Serie A: Thousands of Inter fans came to celebrate the title in front of San Siro
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