Tied 2-2 against Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, visitors Torino were given a golden opportunity to claim European football next season when they were awarded a penalty in the closing seconds of stoppage time after Facundo Roncaglia had slid in on Paulo Barreto.
However, Alessio Cerci had his spot kick saved by Viola keeper Antonio Rosati, leaving Cerci lying on the pitch distraught at the final whistle, while coach Giampiero Ventura sat stone faced and motionless on the Turin bench.
While there were tears in Florence, there were wild celebrations at the Stadio Ennio Tardini when news filtered through that Parma’s 2-0 defeat of bottom club Livorno, thanks to a second-half double from striker Amauri, had promoted Roberto Donadoni’s side to sixth place in the table - a point ahead of Torino - and into the Europa League.
"This is the result of what the squad achieved. It has been a marvellous year based on work through 360 degrees, from the president to the stewards," Donadoni told Sky after the match.
"I too struggled to understand the extent of this achievement, but the lads are the ones who ought to be talking now, as they deserve the credit."
Ventura, meanwhile, was left to lament his side's fate but was still proud of what his players had done over the season.
"Not even the cruellest scriptwriter could’ve come up with this ending. It is part of the Granata DNA, we have to suffer!" he said.
"It has been a very important year, a great season and it’s true we lost the chance to go into Europe over the last two rounds, but we never expected to be in there in the first place."