Inter snatch draw at Lazio, Lukaku secures Roma sixth

Published May 21, 2024
MILAN: Inter Milan players celebrate with the trophy after the Serie A match against Lazio at the San Siro.—Reuters
MILAN: Inter Milan players celebrate with the trophy after the Serie A match against Lazio at the San Siro.—Reuters

MILAN: Serie A champions Inter Milan snatched a 1-1 home draw against Europa League qualifying hopefuls Lazio with a late header from Denzel Dumfries on Sunday, while AS Roma secured sixth place after a Romelu Lukaku header gave them a 1-0 win against Genoa.

Inter have 93 points, while Lazio are in seventh place with 60 points. Roma, with 63 points, are guaranteed at least a Europa League spot next season, but could yet sneak into the Champions League if Atalanta finish fifth and win the Europa League final on Wednesday.

Roma have a superior head-to-head record against Lazio, meaning they cannot be overtaken in the final round of the season.

Daichi Kamada broke the deadlock for the visitors in the 32nd minute with a low shot into the corner from just outside the box after both sides had several chances.

The two teams continued to attack after the break, with Dumfries beating his marker at the far post to head home the equaliser from a free kick in the 87th minute.

After the match, Inter finally lifted the Scudetto trophy in front of the home fans almost a month after winning it.

“We’ve been celebrating since April 22. We saw millions of Inter fans in the streets. I had won a Scudetto as a player and 24 years passed, now to win it as a coach is very satisfying,” manager Simone Inzaghi told DAZN.

Hosts Roma went down to 10 men in the second half against Genoa after Leandro Paredes received two yellow cards in quick succession, but Lukaku secured the win in the 79th minute with a well-placed header from a cross.

For Igor Tudor’s Lazio, Sunday’s results meant that sixth place was gone but the Croatian did not want to ponder on them dropping two points in the last moments of the match.

“I don’t think it was a missed opportunity at all, it was a point gained,” he said. ”... but, yes, there are a few regrets, as we were leading 1-0 near the end and its impressive to come here and play so well against a team that is perhaps second or third best in Europe.”

Lazio wrap up their season on May 26 at home to relegated Sassuolo, Inter will visit Hellas Verona while Roma will visit Empoli.

Roma may have to wait until June 2 to find out what European competition they will be in next season when Atalanta play a previously postponed match against Fiorentina, following the conclusion of the rest of the season.

Sassuolo’s 11-year stay in Serie A came to an end in dramatic fashion after they lost 2-0 to Cagliari and Udinese snatched a 1-1 draw with Empoli in the 14th minute of stoppage time.

Matteo Prati and Gianluca Lapadula ensured Cagliari of a place in Italy’s top flight with goals in the 71st and 91st minutes in Reggio Emilia.

Sassuolo thought they still had a chance of fighting for survival on the final day of the season after M’Baye Niang’s penalty gave Empoli a 90th-minute lead at Udinese.

But eight minutes later Jacopo Fazzi pulled back Roberto Pereyra just as the Argentine looked set to level for Udinese from close range.

After a long VAR check, Lazar Samardzic thumped home the equaliser from the spot with the last kick of the game.

That draw and Frosinone’s 1-0 win at Monza left second-from-bottom Sassuolo five points from Udinese, who sit one point above Empoli and the relegation zone, with one match remaining.

Published in Dawn, May 21st, 2024

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