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Serie A matchday 38 saturday roundup: Immobile equals Higuain’s record to win golden boot

Ciro Immobile scores his 36th goal of the season to win the Serie A golden boot for the season

Italy and Lazio forward, Ciro Immobile, equalled the Serie A scoring record for a single season when he struck again in his side’s 3-1 loss at Napoli in their final game of the season on Saturday.

The 30-year-old took his tally to 36 goals, equalling the record set by Higuain for Napoli in the 2015/16 season. He also finished the season five goals clear of the next leading scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus.

Fabian Ruiz gave Napoli a ninth-minute lead with a shot from outside the penalty area which took a deflection and looped into the net, leaving goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha helpless.

Lorenzo Insigne struck the post for Napoli before Immobile equalised in the 22nd minute, sweeping the ball between goalkeeper David Ospina and his near post from Adam Marusic’s pass.

Napoli regained the lead from a penalty in the 54th minute, Insigne sending Strakosha the wrong way after Dries Mertens was caught by Marco Parolo when he was about to shoot. Matteo Politano added a third in stoppage time.

Lazio finished fourth with 78 points and Coppa Italia winners Napoli ended the season seventh with 62 points.

Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo – who was rested on the final day – finished second with 31 goals, with Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku on 23.

The European Golden Shoe rewards the top scorer across every European top-flight, with goals weighted by the quality of each league.

Immobile finished two goals clear of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, with Ronaldo third.

It was his third Serie A Golden Boot – winning in 2013-14 with 22 goals and sharing with Mauro Icardi on 29 in 2017-18.

This is the first time since 2006-07, when Roma’s Francesco Totti won, that the Golden Shoe has not been won or shared by a La Liga player.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi had won the past three but only scored 25 this time – which was still enough to be La Liga top scorer.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic redeems himself after losing a penalty as AC Milan win

AC Milan’s veteran striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, scored few minutes into the second after having his penalty saved in the first half as his side finished the Serie A season with a 3-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday.

The 38-year-old, possibly playing the final match of his second stint at the club taking his tally to 10 league goals since returning in January and became the oldest player to score 10 or more goals in a Serie A season.

The Swede’s contract ended with Saturday’s match although he could extend it into next season according to reports.

AC Milan went ahead with an own goal by Ragnar Klavan in the 11th minute. Rafael Leao hit the post from a narrow angle but the ball bounced off the Estonian defender and into the net.

Leao also rattled the crossbar before Milan were awarded a penalty for handball by Sebastian Walukiewicz one minute before halftime. However, Ibrahimovic’s spot-kick was saved by Alessio Cragno.

Ibrahimovic made amends when he scored with an emphatic finish from Samu Castillejo’s pass in the 55th minute, and Castillejo exchanged passes with Giacoma Bonaventura to score the third two minutes later.

Milan, unbeaten since the season restarted in June, finished sixth with 66 points and will play in the Europa League qualifying rounds next season.

Juventus ended the season with bad form as Roma managed a confident 3-1 win

Newly crowned Serie A champions, Juventus, who won their 9th successive title suffered their first home league defeat for over two years when they finished the season by losing 3-1 against AS Roma.

The Turin side who was last beaten on their own ground in a Serie A match by Napoli in April 2018, have lost both their games since clinching the title one week ago and finished the campaign with 83 points, one ahead of Inter Milan.

Juventus will host Olympique Lyonnais next in a Champions League round of 16, second leg on Friday. Sarri rested several regulars including Cristiano Ronaldo but went ahead with a Gonzalo Higuain goal in the fifth minute.

Nikola Kalinic headed Roma level and Diego Perotti put the visitors ahead from a penalty before half-time. Perotti added the third in the 52nd minute following a dazzling run by Nicolo Zaniolo.

Inter Milan ended the season with a win over Atalanta to secure second place

Inter Milan ensured they finished in second place in the Serie A, disparagingly described by coach Antonio Conte last month as the “best of the losers”, when they ended Atalanta’s 19-match unbeaten run with a 2-0 away win on Saturday.

Danilo D’Ambrosio and Ashley Young scored in the opening 20 minutes as Inter finished the season with 82 points, one behind leaders Juventus.

Atalanta, whose last defeat was at home to SPAL in Serie A in January, finished third with 78 points. The hosts appeared to have one eye on their Champions League quarter-final against Paris St Germain on August 12.

Inter Milan were off the mark in less than two minutes when Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini flapped at a corner and D’Ambrosio headed into the net. Gollini was injured in the process and had to be replaced by Marco Sportiello.

Ashley Young extended Inter’s lead after 20 minutes, cutting inside and then curling the ball past Sportiello from the edge of the area.

Last month, Conte, frustrated after seeing his team let several games slip from their grasp, said he was not interested in the race for second place.

I say it’s the first of the losers. There are those who are content with this, but it has no meaning for me,” he says.