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MILAN---Sassuolo clinched promotion
to Serie A for the first time in its history
yesterday, finishing as Serie B champions
following a last-gasp 1-0 victory over
Hellas Verona joined Sassuolo as run-
ners-up after a goalless draw against fourth-
place Empoli. A playoff involving the teams
which finished third to sixth will determine
the third team to get promoted.
Simone Missiroli scored the decisive
goal for Sassuolo with practically the last
kick of the game after his team had been
reduced to nine men, while Livorno also
had a player sent off.
Sassuolo defender Luca Antei was sent
off shortly before the hour after picking
up his second yellow card. Livorno goal-
keeper Vincenzo Fiorillo was then shown
a straight red 15 minutes from full time
for throwing Domenico Berardi to the
ground, and the Sassuolo striker was also
sent off his reaction.
Sassuolo is a small town of around
40,000 inhabitants, near Modena in north-
ern Italy, and its team was playing in the
fourth division seven years ago. It was
steered into Serie B in 2008, under current
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri.
It had lost in the playoff in two of the
previous three seasons. Livorno and Empoli
will host Brescia and Novara respectively
in the playoff semifinals.
The three promoted teams will replace
Pescara, Siena and Palermo, which have
been relegated from Serie A.
BERLIN---Schalke clinched Germany's last Cham-
pions League spot by winning 2-1 at Freiburg in
the final round of Bundesliga games yesterday,
while Fortuna Duesseldorf was relegated after losing
3-0 at Hannover.
The 19-year-old Julian Draxler gave Schalke the
lead in the 20th, cutting inside a defender from the
edge of the area and shooting inside the far post on
his 75th Bundesliga appearance.
Jonathan Schmid equalized in the 54th, but any
hopes the home side had of leapfrogging Schalke for
fourth-place were dashed four minutes later, when
Immanuel Hoehn s clearance from Jermaine Jones
shot rebounded off the unfortunate Julian Schuster
Bayern Munich twice came from two goals down
to win 4-3 at Borussia Moenchengladbach, equaling
its feat from 1986-87 of finishing with an unbeaten
Bayern wrapped up the title with a record six games
to spare and finished with 91 points, 25 ahead of
Dortmund, both records.
Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen won 1-0 at Hamburger
SV thanks to league top-scorer Stefan Kiessling s
last minute strike, his 25th of the season.
Stuttgart drew 2-2 at home with Mainz, and
Nuremberg beat Werder Bremen 3-2 in the visitors
first game in 14 years without coach Thomas Schaaf.
Robert Lewandowski claimed his 24th of the cam-
paign for Dortmund from a rebound after Koen Cas-
teels saved Jakub Blaszczykowski s initial effort.
Dortmund dominated the game, but failed to make
the most of its chances and Hoffenheim was given
a lifeline in the 76th, when Mats Hummels was
adjudged to have bundled Kevin Volland over in the
area. Salihovic equalised from the penalty spot a
minute later, and the Bosnian displayed cool nerves
to blast home another spot kick five minutes later,
after Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller was
sent off for bringing down Kevin Schipplock.
Juergen Klopp had made his substitutions, so Kevin
Grosskreutz --- a winger --- faced Salihovic for the
resultant penalty, but there was little he could do.
Lewandowski had the ball in the net again in injury
time, when it looked like Hoffenheim would be rel-
egated after all, only for the effort to be ruled out
for offside despite being given initially.
Dortmund now has injury worries over Hummels,
who limped off after conceding the penalty and is
a doubt for next Saturday s Champions League final
against Bayern at Wembley.
"His ankle is swollen. That s not good. It will be
close for Saturday," Klopp said. "Now we re drawing
a big thick line through the Bundesliga season and
want to make sure all our players are fit for the final."
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes was given a rousing
reception from both sets of fans ahead of his last
Bundesliga game in charge.
Heynckes began his career as a prolific striker at
home club Moenchengladbach before clocking up 1,011
Bundesliga games as player or coach. The 68-year-old
is making way for former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola
and has indicated he won t coach in Germany again.
BARCELONA---Valencia won 1-0 at Getafe thanks
to Jeremy Mathieu's goal to provisionally move into
fourth place and Spain's last Champions League
Real Sociedad can reclaim its hold on fourth place
with a win at Sevilla later, after Osasuna plays Granada.
Mathieu scored with a deft volley from a pass from
Ever Banega in the 44th minute, firing the ball into
the net from outside the area.
Getafe never threatened to draw at its Alfonso
Perez Coliseum, with goalkeeper Miguel Moya saving
the hosts from a heavier defeat. (AP)
Sassuolo makes Serie A history
clear in fourth
last CL spot
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