Final-day Scudetto drama: First time 12 years – when Serie A title race goes all the way

by | May 19, 2022 18:43

For the first time in 12 years, the Serie A title race has gone down the final day of the season.

Just two points separate leaders Milan from second-place Inter with the Rossoneri needing a point at Sassuolo to guarantee the title.

Inter have vast experience of battling for the Scudetto right until the end, having won and lost titles in recent years.

On 28 occasions the title race has been decided on the final day and here we take a look at those occasions since three points for a win was introduced in 1994-95.

1998-99

Incredibly, this would be the first of four consecutive seasons in which the title was decided on the final day of the campaign.

Lazio had a seven-point lead over Milan but suffered two defeats and a draw to surrender that advantage with just one match remaining.

And Alberto Zaccheroni’s side made no mistake as they beat Perugia 2-1 to win their fifth Scudetto of the decade.

1999-00

Carlo Ancelotti’s Juve were firm favourites as they travelled to midtable Perugia on the final day with a two-point lead over Lazio.

A deluge in Perugia meant their match was delayed while Lazio stormed a 3-0 victory over Reggina in sunny Rome.

Despite Juve protests, and over an hour delay, referee Pierluigi Collina ordered their match to restart and Perugia snatched a 1-0 win to hand the Biancocelesti the Scudetto.

2000-01

For only the third time in their history, Roma were champions of Italy – but they had to wait until the final day to confirm that.

A late equaliser conceded at Napoli in their penultimate match of the campaign had stopped them from wrapping up the Scudetto and it meant Juve were still in the hunt as they lay two points behind.

But hometown hero Francesco Totti calmed some nerves as he opened the scoring against Parma before Vincenzo Montella and Gabriel Batistuta made the points safe to cue bedlam around the city and a party which would last all summer.

2001-02

Il 5 maggio. An infamous day in Inter’s history which they are reminded of every year on its anniversary. The Nerazzurri, then managed by Hector Cuper, travelled to Lazio on top of the table with their destiny in their own hands as they looked for a first league title since 1989.

Incredibly, not only were Juventus a point behind but Roma were only one point further back meaning three teams could still win the title.

Both Juve and Roma got the three points but Inter let a 2-1 lead slip to lose 4-2 and finish the campaign third leaving Ronaldo – like most Nerazzurri supporters – in tears.

2007-08

This time it went better for Inter. They went travelled to Parma two points ahead of Roma, who were visiting Catania, with Inter visiting Parma and Roma travelling to Catania.

On this occasion it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who proved decisive for Inter as his two goals confirmed the Nerazzurri as Italy’s top side again.

In the end, a draw would have done Roberto Mancini’s side as Roma could only manage a 1-1 draw.

2009-10

Same two teams involved and exactly the same scenario as Inter were looking to complete the first leg of a potential Treble.

Striker Diego Milito scored the only goal of the match at Siena, meaning the Giallorossi’s 2-0 win over Chievo was irrelevant.

Milito then went on to decide the Coppa Italia against Roma, while he also scored both goals as Inter beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the Champions League final.

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