Atalanta loses the last match and finishes below Juventus

Atalanta ended the season with a defeat. The Italian team lost to Fiorentina in the last league match, missing the chance to climb from fourth to third place.

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Atalanta needed to win to take third place from Juventus. Teun Koopmeiners started the match, while Mitchel Bakker, Hans Hateboer, and the injured Marten de Roon were on the bench. After just five minutes, Fiorentina took the lead as Andrea Belotti headed in a cross.

Europa League hero Ademola Lookman quickly responded by scoring the equalizer, making it 1-1, but Fiorentina took the lead again. Nicolás González volleyed the ball in off the ground. After half an hour, Giorgio Scalvini equalized again with a hard, low shot. However, Fiorentina went into the break with a lead thanks to Belotti's second goal.

As spectacular as the first half was, the second half was just as tame. No more goals were scored, leaving Atalanta to finish the season in fourth place in Serie A. Despite the victory, Fiorentina remains in eighth place.

The match was a tale of two halves, with all the excitement packed into the first 45 minutes. Atalanta's defensive lapses cost them dearly, as they struggled to contain Fiorentina's attacking threats. Belotti's early goal set the tone for a high-octane first half, with Lookman and Scalvini providing brief moments of hope for Atalanta fans. However, González's well-timed volley and Belotti's second strike ensured Fiorentina maintained their advantage.

In the second half, Atalanta pushed forward in search of an equalizer but failed to break down a resolute Fiorentina defense. The lack of clear-cut chances and a disciplined defensive display from Fiorentina meant that the scoreline remained unchanged. Atalanta's inability to capitalize on their opportunities ultimately saw them fall short of their goal to overtake Juventus.

This result leaves Atalanta reflecting on what could have been, as they narrowly miss out on a top-three finish. Meanwhile, Fiorentina can take pride in their strong finish to the season, even though it wasn't enough to climb higher in the standings. Both teams will now look ahead to the next season, hoping to build on their performances and achieve greater success.

Updated: 08:40, 2 Jun 2024

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