Season over for Cassano
Inter forward Antonio Cassano will miss the Nerazzurri's final match of the season after he underwent surgery to stabilise a fractured bone in his hand. The 30-year-old suffered the injury during training on Thursday, ending his season prematurely. Inter released a statement confirming the surgery and adding to the long list of unavailable players for coach Andrea Stramaccioni in Sunday's final match at home to Udinese. Cassano joins the likes of Chivu, Jonathan, Obi, Mudingayi, Milito, Castellazzi, Stankovic, Mbaye, Gargano, Samuel, Silvestre and Zanetti on the sidelines.
Palermo and Siena relegated to Serie B
The battle for third in Serie A will go down to the final day after Milan drew while Fiorentina beat Palermo, in the process relegating the visitors. Siena were also relegated after a cruel injury time winner gave Napoli all three points. Milan and Roma played out a 0-0 draw but their match was stopped for about two minutes because of racist abuse directed towards Mario Balotelli and other black players by Roma fans. Referee Gianluca Rocchi halted the game and the stadium announcer told Roma supporters they must desist with their monkey chants against black Milan players, or the game would be postponed.
Ljajic out against Palermo
Fiorentina will be without Adem Ljajic against Palermo on Sunday. The 21-year-old continues to serve his two-match ban after insulting officials at the final whistle of the Viola's match against Roma last weekend. Mohamed Sissoko, Marcelo Larrondo and Michele Camporese are all out through injury, while Vincenzo Montella welcomes back Alberto Aquilani to the midfield.
Pogba handed three-match ban
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been handed a three-match ban for spitting at an opponent in Sunday's 1-0 win over Palermo. The 20-year-old spat at Salvatore Aronica seven minutes from time and was promptly shown a red card. Pogba will miss the remaining three matches of the season against Atalanta, Cagliari and Sampdoria.
Two-match ban for Ljajic
Fiorentina forward Adem Ljajic has been punished with a two-match suspension for insulting the referee during a 1-0 defeat to Roma. The Serbia striker will miss matches against Siena and Palermo but will be available for the final game against Pescara. Ljajic's fellow countryman and teammate Nenad Tomovic picked up a yellow card during the game and will be suspended for next week's clash with Siena.
Juventus retain Serie A title
Juventus claimed their second successive Serie A title with a hard-earned 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Palermo. The result also secured the Turin club's 29th league crown with three games remaining. Napoli will play Champions League football next season after Edinson Cavani's hat-trick fired them to a convincing 3-1 win over Inter. Mario Balotelli's late goal cemented Milan's hold on third place in Serie A as they beat Torino 1-0. Miroslav Klose hit five goals in Lazio's 6-0 demolition of Bologna. The Germany striker, 34, is the first Lazio player to score five goals in a match. He is also the first player to score five in the Italian top-flight since 1986.
Campagnaro sidelined with calf problem
Napoli defender Hugo Campagnaro will miss Sunday night's clash against Inter due to a nagging calf problem. The Argentine defender could not overcome the injury that has been hampering him all week. As a result coach Walter Mazzarri will have to shuffle his backline with Alessandro Gamberini or Rolando favourites to replace him.
Montolivo may miss final four games
Midfielder Riccardo Montolivo could miss Milan's final four Serie A matches after tearing a muscle in his right leg, an injury that could affect the Rossoneri's attempt to hold off Fiorentina for third place and the final Champions League spot. Montolivo was injured in training on Thursday an will be evaluated in the coming days.
|12.5||Chievo - Torino||1:1|
|12.5||Lazio - Sampdor.||2:0|
|12.5||Milan - Roma||0:0|
|12.5||Parma - Bologna||0:2|
|12.5||Udinese - Atalanta||2:1|
|12.5||Fiorentina - Palermo||1:0|
|12.5||Genoa - Inter||0:0|
|12.5||Napoli - Siena||2:1|
|11.5||Juventus - Cagliari||1:1|
|11.5||Catania - Pescara||1:0|...
Italian Serie A stats
|home wins||47 %|
|away wins||28 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Italy : Serie A 2012/2013
Serie A is the highest football (Calcio) league in Italy. The new format was introduced in the 2004/05 season, when the number of teams was increased from 18 to 20. The teams play a total of 380 matches in a season, with three points awarded for a victory and one for a draw. Each team plays each other twice, once at their home ground and once at their opponents, making a season-total of 38 games. All games in the last four rounds of the season must be played at the same time. The team ending with the most points gains the Italian Serie A title (Scudetto).
According to the final standings, the first two teams enter the group phase of the UEFA Champions League, while the third have to go through qualifying rounds to enter the competition. The bottom three teams in Serie A are relegated to the Italian Second Division, Serie B. The Serie B champions and the runners-up are promoted directly, while the third promoted team is determined by a play-off between the four teams finishing from third through sixth place.