Fiorentina still in the race for Europe after derby victory


Fiorentina, eighth in Serie A with a late game, remains in the race for European places after its victory in the Tuscan derby against Empoli (1-0), Sunday during the 31st day.

The match changed at the start of the second half with a second yellow card for Empoli defender Sebastiano Luperto, already warned in the first half and therefore excluded, for a late intervention on Argentine Viola winger Nicolas Gonzalez. On the free kick that followed, Gonzalez took advantage of a disorganized defense to score with a header and shoulder (58th), his third goal of the season, his first for almost six months.

Fiorentina thus remains in contact with Lazio (5th), Atalanta Bergamo (6th) and AS Roma (7th), in a quartet united in two points before Atalanta-Naples and Sampdoria-Roma disputed Sunday afternoon. Four teams in the fight for places in the Europa League (5th or even 6th depending on the winner of the Italian Cup) and in the Europa League Conference (6th or 7th).

Fiorentina, which has a game late to play against Udinese (April 27), has not won European qualification since the 2015-16 season (Europa League). The shock of the 31st day will oppose in the evening Juventus (4th) to Inter Milan (3rd). AC Milan, leader with three points ahead of the dolphin Naples, will receive Bologna on Monday evening.

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