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Drama as Roma clinch second on "Totti Day"

dpa logodpa 28/05/2017

Roma celebrated Francesco Totti's final game after 25 seasons at the club by beating Genoa to clinch second place in Serie A.

Francesco Totti's final match with Roma ended in celebration when the Giallorossi scored a 90th-minute goal for a 3-2 win over Genoa on Sunday that secured a spot in the Champions League.

Substitute Diego Perotti connected on a volley after a free kick from Radja Nainggolan for the winner.

Roma finished second, one point ahead of Napoli, who won 4-2 at Sampdoria with goals from Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne, Marek Hamsik and Jose Callejon.

Napoli will enter the Champions League playoffs in August.

In Rome, 16-year-old Pietro Pellegri became the youngest player ever to score in Serie A when he put Genoa ahead three minutes in.

Pellegri's goal quickly quietened the Stadio Olimpico crowd, which had saluted Totti before kickoff.

Edin Dzeko equalized in the 10th minute and Roma's future captain Daniele De Rossi appeared to have scored the winner in the 74th.

However, Darko Lazovic equalised for Genoa five minutes later in a wild finish.

One-club man Totti came on in the 54th minute for his 786th appearance, and his 619th in Serie A in a 25-year career for the Giallorossi.

Post-match the 40-year-old club legend was given a fitting send off by the home fans at a packed Stadio Olimpico.

Earlier, AC Milan lost 2-1 at Cagliari, ending the season with 10-men on the pitch and sixth place in Serie A to secure a Europa League berth.

Cagliari's Artur Ionita struck the bar before his team-mate Joao Pedro scored from inside the box in the 17th minute.

Milan levelled from Gianluca Lapadula's penalty on 72 minutes, after Carlos Bacca missed earlier from the spot in the 63rd minute.

The Rossoneri had Gabriel Paletta dismissed for a second booking on 75 minutes and and Fabio Pisacane tapped in the winner in stoppage-time.

Fourth-place Atalanta beat Chievo 1-0 on Saturday as Juventus won 2-1 at Bologna with a record sixth straight title already secured.

At the bottom, Empoli became the third and final team to go down when they lost 2-1 at already-relegated Palermo and were overhauled by Serie A debutants Crotone who beat Lazio 3-1, helped by two goals from Andrea Nalini.

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