Juventus draws 2-2 with Lazio; Chiellini says goodbye

 Juventus draws 2-2 with Lazio;  Chiellini says goodbye

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Captain Giorgio Chiellini bid farewell to Juventus fans as the team drew 2-2 against Lazio in the Italian Serie A on Monday.

After 17 seasons with the Vecchia Signora, Chiellini had recently announced that he would be leaving the club at the end of the season, possibly moving to MLS.

The Bianconeri played their last home game of the campaign on the day.

When he was substituted after 17 minutes, the defender took off the captain’s armband and put it on the Argentine Paulo Dybala — who could also leave Juventus. Chiellini blew kisses to the crowd and exchanged hugs with his teammates, and even a Lazio player, before making way for Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt.

Chiellini then headed to the stands to shake hands with the tifosi.

Serbian Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored at the last second for Lazio, as the Roman club secured a place in the Europa League next season.

Dusan Vlahovic opened the account for Juve in the 10th after being assisted by Álvaro Morata, who then scored a second goal in the 36th. Lazio closed the gap in the 51st with an own goal from Brazilian Alex Sandro.

Vlahovic, 22, joined from Fiorentina in January and reached 51 goals in Serie A. He tied Dejan Stankovic for the most goals scored by Serbian players in the Italian top flight.

Dybala was also cheered when he was substituted late in the second half.

Juventus, which had already secured a place in the Champions League, remains in fourth place in the table.

Lazio, in fifth place, are assured of finishing in the top six with one match remaining.

In the early hours, Sampdoria thrashed Fiorentina 4-1 with goals from Alex Ferrari, Fabio Quagliarella, Norway’s Morten Thorsby and Germany’s Abdelhamid Sabiri.

Sampdoria, 15th in the table, has already been saved from relegation. Fiorentina, seventh, was still in contention for a place in a European competition.

With one game remaining, Lazio have 63 points, Roma 60, Fiorentina 59 and Atalanta 59. One of the four teams will be out of the continental cups.


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