posted on May, 22 2005 @ 04:50 PM
Atalanta were relegated to Serie B on Sunday but clubs of the stature of Fiorentina, Parma and Bologna could still join them next week in what
promises to be a nerve-wracking finale with no less than nine teams still trying to avoid the drop.
Atalanta's fate was sealed in their Bergamo home by Roma who had a goal from Antonio Cassano to thank for a win that also secured their own top-flight
For Dino Zoff's Fiorentina it is quite simple. After Sunday's 1-1 draw at his former club Lazio they must beat Brescia next week and hope other
results favour them to stay in the division. Enzo Maresca gave the Florence club an early lead but Sebastiano Siviglia equalised for Lazio.
Third-bottom place is occupied by Siena who were held 0-0 by Parma, another club that could yet go down.
Brescia and Chievo picked up hugely important wins at the expense of Messina and Bologna respectively. Davide Mandelli's goal for Chievo against
Bologna means the Verona club are almost safe while Bologna are suddenly in real trouble. Brescia beat Messina 2-1 with goals from Luigi Di Biagio and
Omar Milanetto. The Sicilians, who have performed creditably this season, scored in stoppage time through Nicola Amoruso.
Newly-crowned Italian champions Juventus failed to celebrate with a win when they were held 2-2 at Livorno.
The Turin giants had been crowned champions by AC Milan's 3-3 draw with Palermo on Friday evening. Pavel Nedved gave them the lead before goals from
Igor Protti and Cristiano Lucarelli turned the match Livorno's way. David Trezeguet then equalised for Juve.
Lucarelli's 23rd goal of the season saw him edge ahead of Parma's Alberto Gilardino (22) and Roma's Vincenzo Montella (21) in the race to be crowned
next week as "capocannoniere" (Serie A top scorer).
Udinese edged ahead of Sampdoria in the race for the fourth and final Champions League spot. The team from Udine drew 1-1 in Cagliari with Mauro
Esposito salvaging a draw for the Sardinian hosts after Vincenzo Iaquinta had given Udinese the lead.
Sampdoria went down 1-0 at home to Internazionale for whom Adriano scored the goal. They trail Udinese by a point in the race for fourth spot going
into the final week.
The match between Reggina and Lecce finished 2-2. Emiliano Bonazzoli and then Carlos Paredes put Reggina ahead twice but Mirko Vucinic scored a brace