Fiorentina beat Juve to reach Conference League, Atalanta out of Europe


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Milan (AFP) – Fiorentina will return to European football for the first time in five years after beating Juventus 2-0 to qualify for next season’s Conference League.

Alfred Duncan’s arrival at half-time and Nicolas Gonzalez’s late penalty gave Vincenzo Italiano’s side the win they needed to secure continental competition.

Fiorentina secured seventh place in the Italian top flight, three points ahead of Atalanta who lost 1-0 at home to Empoli and miss Europe for the first time since Gian Piero Gasperini took over as coach in 2016 .

Giorgio Chiellini made his last appearance in a Juve shirt in a typically fiery match between great rivals and he left the field with a bleeding header after a clash with Fiorentina striker Krzysztof Piatek in the build-up to the Duncan winner.

The 37-year-old failed to return in the second half and ended his Juve career unable to help his side salvage anything from the game.

Lazio finished their season fifth, one point and one place above local rivals Roma, after an entertaining 3-3 draw at home to Verona.

They and Roma had already secured their place in the Europa League.

On Sunday, the Serie A title will be decided with AC Milan needing just one point to snatch the Scudetto from local rivals and reigning champions Inter Milan.

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