Fiorentina Edge Past Atalanta 3-2: Scalvini’s Injury Hampers La Dea’s Bid for Third Place Finish

Atalanta clinched the fourth position in Serie A, while Fiorentina landed in eighth, following a tense face-off at the Gewiss Stadium on Sunday.

During a crucial Serie A fixture in Bergamo, Giorgio Scalvini, Italy’s key defender, had to leave the pitch with an injury as Atalanta were bested 3-2 by Fiorentina, missing out on a third-place finish.

Postponed due to both teams’ European obligations, the clash pitted the Europa League champions against the Europa Conference League finalists just a week after other teams wrapped up the season.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s squad, already assured a spot in the top four, aimed to leapfrog Juventus for third place. However, Andrea Belotti’s early strike put them on the backfoot six minutes into the game.

Quickly responding, Ademola Lookman’s deft finish leveled the score, but Fiorentina’s Nicolas Gonzalez volleyed home shortly after to regain the lead.

After an hour, Scalvini rocketed an equalizer for Atalanta. Tragically, he later exited the game, limping with a likely knee injury, casting a shadow over his participation in Italy’s upcoming Euro 2024 opener.

Belotti’s scrappy effort before the break saw Fiorentina lead once more. The second half failed to produce a comeback from Atalanta, ending their impressive season on a sour note.

Seasonal Synopsis: A Spectacular Closure to Serie A

The season’s final matchday featured an unusually high number of first-half goals, setting a record for the year. Belotti, contributing two, bolstered his record to seven involvements in his past six appearances against Atalanta.

Despite the setback, La Dea’s fourth-place finish marks a significant chapter, equaling historical top-four finishes from 2016-17, 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21.

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