CATANIA, ITALY - MAY 13: Antonio Di Natale of Udinese scores his team's opening goal during the Serie A between Catania Calcio and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Angelo Massimino on May 13, 2012 in Catania, Italy. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

Serie A 2012, Week 38: Juventus Invincible, Udinese Finish 3rd

Juventus have completed an unbeaten season, but the big news is that Udinese have won the race for third place with an away win against Catania.

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Serie A, Week 38: Udinese Win Race To Last Champions League Spot

It's all over. After a thrilling chase for third involving Napoli, Lazio, Inter Milan, Udinese and Roma it's the side from Udine who'll make it to the UEFA Champions League for the 2012/13 season. It was all too easy, really - Catania away was supposed to be a challenge, but Antonio di Natale managed to squeeze in from a tight angle 19 minutes in before Alejandro Gomez missed the penalty that could have got the hosts back into the match. Diego Fabbrini made things safe in the second half, and Udinese cruised to third place.

The games elsewhere turned out not to matter much. Lazio beat Inter Milan 2-1 and Napoli got past Siena by the same score, but with an Udinese win neither Lazio or Napoli were going to be able to do anything more than Europa League qualification. Lazio's win does mean that Inter aren't making it into Europe next year, but that might be a blessing for them considering how much easier the schedule will get.

And then the lame duck games:

Cesena 2-3 Roma

Parma 1-0 Bologna

Chievo 1-0 Lecce

Genoa 2-0 Palermo

From Serie A: That's a wrap. Congratulations to Juventus on winning the Scudetto and Udinese for snatching that third place slot. Commiserations to Lecce, Novara and Cessena - hopefully we'll see all three sides in the top flight again soon.


Juventus Go Entire Serie A Season Unbeaten

Juventus cruised to a 3-1 home win against Atalanta in a match that would have been entirely meaningless but for Juventus' 22-15-0 record. The Old Lady were going for the first unbeaten season in Serie A history since AC Milan's 1991/92 run and they sealed it very early thanks to goals by Luca Marrone and then Alessandro del Piero in the 10th and 28th minutes. Although Atalanta got to within a goal of their hosts when Stephan Lichtsteiner scored a late own goal, there was still time for another Juve strike, this time from the spot after Marco Borriello was fouled in the box, Andrea Barzagli converting.

Meanwhile, AC Milan got a win of their own against Novara which mattered not at all, because they were finishing second no matter what. At least Pippo Inzaghi scored the decider in the 2-1 victory. And Fiorentina did nothing against Cagliari, which is exactly what everyone should have been expecting from that game.

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