Juve Crash on Season Finale, Inter Second in Serie A
MILAN (AFP) - Juventus crashed to their second consecutive defeat as the Serie A champions finished their season with a 3-1 home loss against Roma, days before their Champions League campaign resumes.
Inter Milan took second place with a 2-0 win over direct rivals Atalanta in Bergamo, who fell to their first league defeat since January.
Juventus had already wrapped up their ninth straight league title and are looking towards their last 16 home game against Lyon next Friday when Maurizio Sarri’s side need to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit.
Cristiano Ronaldo was rested for the final match with nothing left to play for against fifth-place Roma who are already assured of the Europa League group stage next term.
Sarri had threatened to field Juventus’s Under-23 team after his tired troops fell 2-0 to Cagliari during the week.
Argentine Gonzalo Higuain spearheaded the Juventus attack and finished off an Adrien Rabiot cross after just six minutes in the Allianz Stadium.
But Diego Perotti inspired a Roma fightback setting up Nikola Kalinic to nod in the equalizer after 23 minutes.
Perotti gave Roma the lead from the penalty spot before the break and six minutes into the second half connected with a Nicolo Zaniolo cross for his second of the night as Juventus fell to their third defeat in four matches.
Inter Milan finish just one point behind the champions after winning the three-team race for second spot.
Antonio Conte’s side ended Atalanta’s 17-match unbeaten run going back to January 20, to finish the season on a high before they play Getafe in the Europa League next week.
Danilo D’Ambrosio nodded in the first goal after just one minute with Ashley Young doubling their lead after 20 minutes with a stunning curling shot.
Atlanta, who meet Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals, finish in third place for their second consecutive season.