Atalanta stunned Clarence Seedorf’s AC Milan side on Sunday with a late winner in a 2-1 victory at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia in a match marred by racial controversy.
Though the home fans will presumably choose to remember the match for the late winner by Franco Brienza after German Denis had cancelled out an early Gianpaolo Bellini own goal, the image of a 'fan' throwing a banana at Milan midfielder Kevin Constant will ensure the game is remembered for all of the wrong reasons.
It is the latest setback in Serie A’s bid to tackle racist abuse with the Italian Football Association set to come under increasing pressure to stamp it out of the game once and for all.
Meanwhile, champions Juventus beat runners-up Roma in a tight affair at the Stadio Olympico to leave them requiring just one point from their last game to reach triple figures for the season.
Southampton loanee Dani Osvaldo boosted his chances of making the Italian World Cup squad with the only goal of the game, striking deep into injury time.
It was the Old Lady’s 32nd win from 37 matches in what has proved a spectacular season for Antonio Conte’s men.
Third-placed Napoli stretched their unbeaten run to five games with a 5-2 victory over Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Duvan Zapata and Lorenzo Insigne gave them a 2-0 lead before Eder drilled a goal back for the side, beating Pepe Reina from just outside the box.
Jose Callejon, Marek Hamsik and Shkodran Mustafi all added further goals for Rafael Benitez’s men, whilst Pawel Wszolek added a late consolation for the well-beaten home side.
Sassuolo thumped Genoa 4-2 in a match that ensured they remain in the top tier of Italian football for another season.
Floro Flores was the hero as he netted twice, whilst further goals from Davide Biondini and Nicola Sansone gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about at the final whistle.
Emanuele Calaio and veteran Alberto Gilardino were the goalscorers for Genoa.
This feeling of ecstasy was not to be felt for Catania and Bologna, though, who were both relegated despite the former’s 2-1 victory over the latter.
Fabian Monzon struck a free-kick to give Catania a 1-0 lead, but Archimede Morleo drew the hosts level with a shot from distance to give Bologna a fighting chance of survival.
Gonzalo Bergessio pounced to give Catania the victory, yet it was ultimately fruitless as both sides were sunk courtesy of wins for Sassuolo and Chievo elsewhere, with Chievo beating Cagliari 1-0 through a Dario Dainelli goal.
Livorno were the third team relegated on Sunday as Juan Cuadrado scored for Fiorentina to secure fourth place for the season.
In the final game, Torina and Parma drew 1-1 in the battle for a Europa League spot, with Ciro Immobile and Jonathan Biabany scoring to cancel each other out.
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