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Atalanta To Play In Champions League Next Season

Atalanta will be playing in the Champions League next season after securing an improbable top four finish on the final day of the Serie A season.

After a strong finish to the campaign, which included a recent draw away to league champions Juventus, Atalanta came from behind to defeat Sassuolo and take a European spot at the expense of giants AC Milan.

Domenico Berardi scored early for the visitors, but Atalanta kept focused and were handed the advantage after Berardi went from hero to villain and got himself sent off.

Goals from Duvan Zapata, Alejandro Dario Gomez and Mario Pasalic helped turn the tie on its head, as Sassuolo faded late on.

Francesco Magnanelli was also given his marching orders, as the away team finished the match with nine men.

It was a dramatic final day flourish to Serie A, with both Milan sides uncertain of their European standing.

AC Milan managed to pull off a final day 3-2 victory over SPAL, but had to settle for a fifth-placed finish after rivals Inter also ended with a win.

A home victory at the San Siro saw Inter end the campaign by beating Empoli 2-1, and return to the Premier competition of European football.

They appear set to resume Champions League action with Antonio Conte at the helm, with the former Chelsea boss on the verge of agreeing to take over.