Italy Serie A — 19 May 2013

The last round of 2012-2013 Serie A will be remembered as one of the most exciting appMario Balotelliointments of Italian football. AC Milan was not qualified for Champions League 10 minutes before the end of the match against Siena. Iachini’s team indeed gained the advantage at 25′ of the first half, creating considerable difficulties to AC Milan. In the meanwhile, Fiorentina was scoring numerous goals against an amorphous Pescara, reaching the third position in the league table.

Mario Balotelli thanks to his excellent techniques and his physical strenght has gained a penalty at 39′ of the second half, and has realized it, permitting AC Milan to remain attached to this run for Champions League. At 41′ Philippe Mexes scored the Eurogoal, that indeed permits AC Milan the participation to the preliminary phase of Champions League.

This match has been suffered by the players, the supporters and the coach. Siena has been a strong and motivated enemy, despite the relegation in Serie B already determined.

Fiorentina played an excellent match, finished 1-5 and that till 10 minutes before the end was the ticket for Champions League. Numerous will be the polemics in the following days, due to the penalty of Balotelli, that according to someone has been assigned with too much generosity.

Fiorentina will play in Europa League next season, together with Udinese. Guidolin’s team defeated 2-5 Inter Milan, that concludes his season in the most terrible way possible. Udinese, for the third consecutive year, is qualified for Europa League, while Lazio is excluded due to the draw in Cagliari.

Serie A finishes with Juventus winner of Scudetto and directly admitted to Champions League, Napoli directly qualified as well. AC Milan will start in August the preliminary phase of Champions League, while Fiorentina and Udinese will play in Europa League. The winner of Coppa Italia, Lazio or Roma, will participate as well to Europa League. Siena, Pescara and Palermo are relegated in Serie B.


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