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Genoa home win over Palermo on Sunday night in the final round of matches in Serie A meant relegation for Lecce. Earlier in the day we said some emotional farewells in both of the Juventus and AC Milan matches. Alessandro Del Piero, Clarence Seedorf, Rino Gattuso, Alessandro Nesta, Gianluca Zambrotta and Pippo Inzaghi said the farewells and we saw a goal each from Alessandro Del Piero and Pippo Inzaghi in their last appearance in Serie A. Marco Di Vaio and Kaka Kalazde have also played their last games in Serie A.

Sunday 13th May

There were three kick off times in Serie A with games kicking off at 3pm, 6pm and 8.45pm. There were three 3pm kick offs.

Fiorentina ended a bad season with a 0-0 home draw with Cagliari.

AC Milan finished second and ended their season with a 2-1 home win over Novara and also bid farewell to some of their players. Novara took a shock lead when poor Milan defending let Santiago Garcia to volley home from inside of the area. Mathieu Flamini equalised in the second half with a low drive. The script was written and with eight minutes Pippo Inzaghi scored the winner with a typical striker’s goal, Inzaghi broke the offside trap chested the ball down and slammed the ball past the advancing Novara keeper. The San Siro and for AC Milan we bid farewell to Clarence Seedorf, Rino Gattuso, Alesandro Nesta, Gianluca Zambrotta and Pippo Inzaghi who have now played their last game for the club.

Juventus ended the season unbeaten in the league and a week after winning the league trophy they won their final home game against Atalanta. Luca Marrone scored the opener and his first goal for the club. Alessandro Del Piero then added the second rolling back the years. Del Piero then was substituted early in the second half and received a standing ovation. It continued when Del Piero would walk around the ground off the pitch with the game going on. Stephan Lichtsteiner diverted the ball into his own net to give Atalanta a chance. But in stoppage time Juventus were awarded a penalty when Marco Borriello was brought down. Andrea Barzagli dispatched the penalty high into the net. A brilliant end to a brilliant season for Juventus and next Sunday they have the chance to complete the double with a Coppa Italia final against Napoli.

There were two 6pm kick offs and they were Cesena vs. Roma and Parma vs. Bologna.

Parma won their seventh straight game in the league and finish eighth in the league and just missed out on Europe. Jonathan Biabiany got the only goal of the game when the French winger headed a Sebastian Giovinco into the back of the net.

Luis Enrique reign as Roma manager came to an end on a good note with a 3-2 away win at Cesena. Cesena took the lead with Simone Del Nero opener. Roma hit back with two goals before the interval, Aleandro Rosi crossed in for Bojan for the Spanish forward to head home. Then Erik Lamela from distance let fly with a left foot rocket after a cheeky back heel from Francesco Totti. Daniele De Rossi added a third in the second half with a header from a Marquinho cross. Mario Santana in the first minute of added time pulled one back with a nice turn and a neat finish but it wasn’t enough.

The remaining five games kicked off at 8.45 and they were the relegation battle between Genoa and Lecce and also the Champions league third place on where Napoli, Udinese, Lazio and Inter Milan were fighting for.

Lecce was relegated after a 1-0 away defeat at the Flying Donkeys of Chievo. A goal twelve minutes from time from Kamil Vacek condemned Lecce to Serie B. Lecce did have to play the final ten minutes when Lecce defender Moris Carrozzieri was sent off.

Genoa after a woeful 2012 is still in Serie A after a home win over Palermo. Goals from the second half from strikers Alberto Gilardino and Giuseppe Sculli eased the tension

Udinese will be playing Champions League Football next season after a 2-0 away win at Catania. Antonio Di Natale opened the scoring after missing a sitter thirty seconds in. He made up for the miss with a delicious goal; Di Natale rounded Juan Pablo Carizzo and with the outside of the foot dinked from an acute angle into the corner. Diego Fabbrini added a second with a low effort from the edge of the area.

Napoli finished fourth behind Udinese after a 2-1 home win and geared up for the Coppa Italia final next week with a win. Andrea Dossena fired home from a Marek Hamisk cross. Then Mattio Destro equalised after a goalkeeping mistake from Morgan De Sanctis who let the ball bounce past him and Destro beat his defender and slid home. Andrea Dossena became an unlikely hero and he added a second from two yard out and celebrated like he scored the winner in the Champions League Final.

Lazio entertained Inter Milan at the Stadio Olimpico in what was a match for a race for third. Inter took the lead from the penalty spot when Diego Milito kept his cool and scored from the spot. Libor Kozak equalised with a powerful header. Antonio Candreva completed the turnaround with a low drive. The third was added in added time when Libor Kozak had his effort saved but the rebound fell to Stefano Mauri who made no mistake.

Scot Munroe

A Football fan for around 18 years since the age of 6 years old. My first love is Swindon town now managed by the mad man that is Paolo Di Canio. I have been a fan of Italian football for around 10-15 years now since the Channel four days back in the Uk with James Richardson. I am a Roma fan as well and i have been following the club since 2003 with the attack minded football with Totti and Cassano.

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