MILAN — Udinese clinched a place in the playoff round of next season’s Champions League qualifying competition by winning 2-0 at Catania to finish third in Serie A Sunday.
Antonio di Natale and Diego Fabbrini scored in each half for Udinese, which also qualified last season and lost to Arsenal over two legs. Alejandro Gomez missed a penalty for Catania before halftime.
Napoli, Lazio and Inter Milan, who had also been chasing third place, were left frustrated.
Lazio came from behind to beat Inter 3-1 and finish fourth, while Napoli’s 2-1 win over Siena secured fifth place.
Champion Juventus and runner-up AC Milan took Italy’s two direct places in the Champions League group stage.
Italy has lost a place in the competition after Serie A slipped below Germany’s Bundesliga in UEFA’s ranking of national leagues.
Lecce joined already relegated Novara and Cesena in Serie B next season after losing 1-0 at Chievo.
The 38-year-old Filippo Inzaghi, playing his last league game for AC Milan after 11 seasons, scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over relegated Novara.
Juventus finished with 84 points, four ahead of Milan.
Parma beat Bologna 1-0 for a club record seventh successive win to finish with 56 points. — AFP