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Roma (AFP) – Lazio Rome secured its place in the Europa League next season on Monday by snatching a draw (2-2) at Juventus in extremis, who had above all in mind to celebrate the « der » at home of Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala .
With this point, obtained thanks to a goal from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in the 96th minute, the Laziali of former Turin coach Maurizio Sarri are guaranteed to finish 5th or 6th and will therefore compete in C3.
The other place for the Europa League and that for the Europa League Conference (the 7th) will be played on the final day between Roma (6th), Fiorentina (7th) and Atalanta (8th).
Juve already had their ticket in their pocket for the Champions League and were therefore able to devote themselves to celebrating the last appearance at home under the bianconera tunic of captain Chiellini, 37, and Argentine leader Dybala, 28.
The first was replaced after just 17 minutes, like the number of years spent at Juve, the second in the 78th minute. Both were embraced by their partners and long acclaimed by the tifosi.
All smiles, Chiellini greeted his team-mates and coaching on the bench before starting a lap of honor as the game continued!
The European champion, who will bid farewell to the Nazionale on June 1 against Argentina, has not yet decided between definitively stopping football or embarking on a final adventure, for example in the North American Championship.
Dybala, to whom he had entrusted the armband before leaving, was also applauded for a long time on his exit, greeted on the edge of the field by his ex-coach Sarri and his current Massimiliano Allegri.
But he was much less smiling, even bursting into tears after the match: the « Joya » (the « Jewel » in Spanish) is leaving with regret, for lack of having reached an agreement to extend the contract which is ending in June.
The 28-year-old Argentinian with 115 goals scored in bianconero since 2015 did not hide his bitterness. « I thought we would have been together for more years, but fate puts us on different paths, » wrote the N.10 on Instagram on Sunday that some media send to Inter Milan.
Dusan Vlahovic, the one now responsible for embodying the revival of Juve, also paid a more personal tribute to Dybala by imitating his fetish celebration in a gladiator mask after opening the header (10th).
With his 24th goal of the season, the Serb is still far from the 27 achievements of Ciro Immobile, who should finish top scorer of the season for the fourth time in his career despite his absence on Monday, injured.
Led 2-0 after the fine goal of Alvaro Morata (36th), Lazio started to believe it again as soon as they returned to a header from Gil Patric extended into his own goal by Alex Sandro (51st).
Until snatching the equalizer synonymous with C3 after additional time.
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