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Atalanta book Champions League debut, Empoli relegated

By Opta
Atalanta celebrate after securing third place in Serie A

Rome, May 27: Atalanta came from behind to beat Sassuolo and qualify for the Champions League for the first time, with Inter joining them after a win that relegated Empoli from Serie A on Sunday (May 26).

Results | Points Table

Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi threw a spanner in the works for Atalanta when he struck a 19th-minute opener in Bergamo but Duvan Zapata bundled home his 23rd goal of the season to restore parity.

Sassuolo were reduced to 10 men at half-time when Berardi objected to Marten de Roon's reaction after touching foreheads with Francesco Magnanelli and was shown a red card.

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Alejandro Gomez put Atalanta back in front eight minutes into the second half and substitute Mario Pasalic put the result beyond doubt after the hour mark, with Magnanelli dismissed for a second yellow late on.

Gian Piero Gasperini's side finished third and were joined in the top four by Inter, who defeated Empoli 2-1 thanks to Radja Nainggolan's 81st-minute strike.

Hamed Junior Traore cancelled out Keita Balde Diao's opener after Mauro Icardi saw a penalty saved by the impressive Bartlomiej Dragowski, but Nainggolan scored the goal that denied rivals AC Milan a place in the top four.

Keita was given a second booking for a foul on the backtracking Dragowski, who went up for a corner, as Marcelo Brozovic scored from close to the halfway line following a video review, while Empoli's back-up keeper Filippo Perucchini was dismissed from the bench for his remonstrations.

That result and Genoa's 0-0 draw at Fiorentina sent Empoli straight back down to Serie B, while Milan were consigned to the Europa League for the third straight season despite a 3-2 win at SPAL.

Franck Kessie set up the opener for Hakan Calhanoglu and then struck a double, the second of which came from the spot after Francesco Vicari and Mohamed Fares wiped out the Rossoneri's two-goal lead.

Roma beat Parma 2-1 in Daniele De Rossi's final match but had to settle for sixth, with all of their top-four rivals also triumphing.

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Story first published: Monday, May 27, 2019, 3:30 [IST]
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