Juventus’ poor season comes to an end with a defeat to Fiorentina

Juventus completed a terrible season after losing 2-0 against Fiorentina in their last Serie A match of the season, with the hosts claiming a spot in next season’s Europa Conference League with the win.

Fiorentina finished seventh, ensuring a return to European play for next season, while Juventus ended fourth with 70 points, their lowest Serie A points return since 2010-11.

The visitors, who had already secured a place in the Champions League, toiled in the first half, unable to generate any clear opportunities, with Fiorentina much superior and gaining a merited lead via Alfred Duncan in the first-half stoppage time.

Fiorentina vs Juventus

Giorgio Chiellini, the veteran defender who failed to clear the ball in the buildup to the opening, did not play in the second half, instead watching from the bench for the duration of his 561st and last appearance for the club in all competitions.

Dusan Vlahovic’s entrance off the bench, amid a chorus of boos from fans who have yet to forgive the Serbian striker for leaving Florence to join Juventus in January, failed to alter matters as the visitors’ lack of firepower persisted.

Fiorentina were always in command, but Nicolas Gonzalez struck a penalty in stoppage time to extinguish Juve’s slim chances of salvaging anything.

Juve’s lackluster effort summed up their season, as they concluded the game without firing a single shot, on or off target. Massimiliano Allegri’s efforts to turn around the Turin club’s fortunes now confront a critical few months.

“We played for three months with 12 guys,” Allegri said. “These 70 points are fake; they do not reflect the true nature of the squad.” However, something is lacking.

“We did not end the year strongly, therefore we are already planning for next year.”

In other Serie A action on Saturday, Atalanta missed out on European qualifying for the first time in six seasons, losing 1-0 at home to Empoli to finish eighth, while fifth-placed Lazio drew 3-3 with Hellas Verona.

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