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R. Nainggolan
2 - 1
H. Traorè
S. Uçan
1 - 1
M. Icardi
Penalty Miss
B. Drągowski
Penalty Save
K. Baldé
M. Politano
1 - 0

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52% 47%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 14 4
Total Passes 464 417
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Juventus JUV Juventus 38 28 6 4 70 30 +40 90 L D L D D
2 Napoli NAP Napoli 38 24 7 7 74 36 +38 79 L W W W W
3 Atalanta ATA Atalanta 38 20 9 9 77 46 +31 69 W D W W W
4 Internazionale INT Internazionale 38 20 9 9 57 33 +24 69 W L W D D
5 Milan MIL Milan 38 19 11 8 55 36 +19 68 W W W W L
6 Roma ROM Roma 38 18 12 8 66 48 +18 66 W D W D W
7 Torino TOR Torino 38 16 15 7 52 37 +15 63 W L W D W
8 Lazio LAZ Lazio 38 17 8 13 56 46 +10 59 L D W L W
9 Sampdoria SAM Sampdoria 38 15 8 15 60 51 +9 53 W D L D L
10 Bologna BOL Bologna 38 11 11 16 48 56 -8 44 W D W L W
11 Sassuolo SAS Sassuolo 38 9 16 13 53 60 -7 43 L D L D W
12 Udinese UDI Udinese 38 11 10 17 39 53 -14 43 W W W D L
13 SPAL SPA SPAL 38 11 9 18 44 56 -12 42 L L L W D
14 Parma PAR Parma 38 10 11 17 41 61 -20 41 L W L D D
15 Cagliari CAG Cagliari 38 10 11 17 36 54 -18 41 L D L L L
16 Fiorentina FIO Fiorentina 38 8 17 13 47 45 +2 41 D L L L L
17 Genoa GEN Genoa 38 8 14 16 39 57 -18 38 D D L D D
18 Empoli EMP Empoli 38 10 8 20 51 70 -19 38 L W W W L
19 Frosinone FRO Frosinone 38 5 10 23 29 69 -40 25 D L L D L
20 Chievo CHI Chievo 38 2 14 22 25 75 -50 17 D D L L D


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Spalletti may not even be in the San Siro dugout to lead Inter into the Champions League next season, but he did at least achieve his mission in finishing fourth. As for Empoli, this cruel defeat means they go down along with Chievo and Frosinone.
Inter just about hold on to claim a 2-1 win that is enough to secure fourth place in Serie A, with AC Milan and Roma missing out, and it is a result that sends Empoli down to Serie B. The hosts had eight shots on target in the first half, but their opponents also created a good opportunity through Caputo. Keita came off the bench to give Spalletti's men the breakthrough six minutes into the second half, but Icardi missed a contentious penalty 10 minutes later and then Traore equalised. That close-range finish left Inter needing another goal to book a place in next season's Champions League, and they scored it through Nainggolan 81 minutes in after Vecino's shot came back off the post. There was some late drama as Brozovic had a late goal ruled out for Keita's foul on Dragowski, which led to a second yellow card and a sending off, though Inter held on for all three points.
90' + 8' NEARLY A LATE LEVELLER!! Farias gets his head to the ball but Handanovic plucks it out of the air. That was the Empoli striker's big moment!
90' + 7' Keita is shown a second yellow card for that pull on Dragowski's top and is sent off! Just to clarify, it is still 2-1 and Inter are down to 10 men for the remaining seconds. There's still time left for a late, late twist!
90' + 6' INTER GOAL DISALLOWED! Just when you thought this game had already had it all! The referee, after two minutes of celebrations and dishing out bookings, rules out the third Inter goal as Keita pulled back on Dragowski to stop the keeper from getting back - not that he had any chance of making up the ground to keep out Brozovic's shot.
D. D'Ambrosio
Yellow Card
90' + 6' The referee, in his final match before retirement, has lost control. D'Ambrosio is the latest player to be cautioned.
F. Perucchini
Red Card
90' + 5' Amid all the celebrations, Empoli substitute Perucchini is shown a red card. It was presumably for something he said to the referee.
F. Caputo
Yellow Card
90' + 5' Caputo is shown a yellow card, seemingly for dissent.
90' + 4' GOOOOAAALLL!!! INTER 3-1 EMPOLI! Brozovic rolls the ball into an empty net to confirm Inter's place in next season's Champions League, while at the same time sending Empoli down. Dragowski comes up for the corner and Inter defend it at the near post. The ball is played forward and Brozovic keeps his composure to convert from the halfway line.
90' + 2' KEITA DENIED BY DRAGOWSKI! Inter once again fail to kill off the match for good as Keita is denied by Dragowski when one-on-one with the keeper. Empoli still have hope as five minutes have been added on.
90' + 1' HANDANOVIC RESCUES INTER!! Empoli are throwing all that they have at Inter and they so nearly break down the wall. Ucan goes on a mazy run by Handanovic produces the save with his legs from point-blank range. Ucan slipped at just the wrong moment having done the hard work!
89' OFF THE BAR!! Talk about fine margins! Inter give the ball away twice in the space of 10 seconds and Di Lorenzo manages to slide the ball through for Caputo. The striker, not for the first time today, has only Handanovic to beat but he squares it and D'Ambrosio blocks the ball in the six-yard box. It deflects up and hits the crossbar before being cleared. Unbelievable drama!
87' The ball trickles out of play and Handanovic takes an age over the goal kick. Inter are having to waste time here to get the job done.
86' Empoli, who are back in the relegation zone after conceding that second goal, are the side asking all of the questions. The visitors are refusing to go down without a fight.
85' Traore is given about 10 yards of space to charge into. He carries the ball towards the edge of the opposition box but miscues his shot into the stands.
84' D'Ambrosio fouls Farias 23 yards from the Inter goal. It is hearts in mouths time for the home fans but Ucan can only pick out the wall from the free kick - what a let down!
83' What a final day this has been in the Italian top flight - we have had a bit of everything! All eyes are on San Siro now as Empoli have already showed they have a goal in them. Should the visitors strike again for a second time that will surely end Inter's Champions League aspirations.
R. Nainggolan
81' GOOOOOAAAALLL!!! INTER 2-1 EMPOLI! Inter bail themselves out! Vecino drives forward with the ball and unleashes a brilliant shot that comes back off the base of the post. Nainggolan is in the right place at the right time to send the rebound past Dragowski from 10 yards. Inter are back into the top four!
79' Politano shoots wide of the target as Inter look to make an instant response. Empoli, who are a point above the relegation zone, are now aiming to hold on and see out the remaining 11 minutes.
77' INTER DOWN IN FIFTH! Atalanta, AC Milan and Roma are all winning elsewhere on the final day, meaning that Inter will finish fifth as things stand. Spalletti's side need a goal and they are running out of time to score it.
H. Traorè
76' GOOOOOAAAALLL!!! INTER 1-1 EMPOLI! This is incredible - a goal that changes everything at both ends of the table! Ucan is played in behind and he sends the ball towards the back post, where Empoli have a couple of players waiting to pounce inside the six-yard box. Traore is one of those left unmarked and he has the simple task of converting into an empty net.
S. Uçan
76' Ucan, only on the field for five minutes, showed good movement to get in behind and then had the presence of mind to tee up Traore for a simple finish.
Dalbert Henrique
I. Perišić
74' The match has become incredibly stop-start over the last 10 minutes, which is probably Spalletti's plan. Perisic, booked a couple of minutes ago for his challenge on Brighi, is replaced by Dalbert for the final 15 minutes or so.
I. Perišić
Yellow Card
72' Perisic shows a little bit of his studs when going in on Brighi and receives a yellow card.
Lautaro Martínez
M. Icardi
71' Icardi bows out of San Siro for the final time this season - and possibly the last time as an Inter player. On in his place is Martinez.
S. Uçan
D. Maietta
71' Maietta makes way for Ucan in the second of Empoli's alterations.
M. Brighi
A. Acquah
71' Empoli make a double change. Brighi replaces Acquah in the first of Andreazzoli's subs.
70' HUGE CHANCE FOR FARIAS! Traore slides the ball through Inter's defence and Farias has just Handanovic to beat. For the second time today, though, Empoli fail to convert the one-on-one as Handanovic is quickly off his line and pounces on the ball before Farias can even think about dinking it over him.
68' Inter are knocking the ball around, aiming to run down the clock without any scares. Spalletti needs to use his next sub wisely because this match is far from over at this stage.
66' UPDATE! Atalanta lead Sassuolo 3-1 and AC Milan are now 3-2 ahead against SPAL. All Inter have to do is hold on for another 25 minutes or so and fourth place is theirs.
65' SHOT! Keita, who has been Inter's biggest attacking threat since coming off the bench, has a snapshot from distance kept out by Dragowski.
M. Pajač
Yellow Card
64' Pajac is booked for a challenge on Skriniar, which did not go down well.
63' The pressure remains on Inter following that penalty miss. Empoli had every right to feel aggrieved that the spot kick was awarded and justice was done as Dragowski maintained his good form by making the save. Could there be another twist at San Siro? There is still plenty of time to go.
M. Icardi
Penalty Miss
61' Icardi had the chance to all but secure a top-four finish for Inter but he could not pick out the corner of the net from 12 yards and Dragowski kept it out. The rebound could have gone anywhere but thankfully for the Empoli keeper fortune was on his side.
B. Drągowski
Penalty Save
61' PENALTY SAVED!! Justice is done as Dragowski, who has been phenomenal today, uses his full frame to keep out Icardi's penalty with his legs.
61' PENALTY DECISION STANDS! Incredibly, the referee checks the pitchside monitor and decides to stand by his original call. That looks to be the wrong decision but Icardi now has a chance to kill off the match.
60' PENALTY TO INTER! Icardi pounces on a weak back-pass inside the box. Dragowski races off his line and appears to wipe out the striker, leading to the referee pointing to the spot. However, replays show that the keeper got some of the ball first and the initial decision may yet be overturned by VAR.
58' Icardi has scored three goals in his two league matches at San Siro against Empoli, but he has failed to find the net in his last seven home games in Serie A. No current player has scored more goals on the final day of a Serie A season than Icardi and Matias Vecino (both four).
56' Keita tries to pick out the run of Icardi but the striker, possibly playing his last game for Inter today, is flagged for offside. Empoli are still looking threatening when they get on the ball, but Inter are reluctant to give them possession.
54' UPDATE! It is all happening now as Atalanta are 2-1 up against Sassuolo and AC Milan have been pegged back at 2-2 by SPAL. Those scores, combined with Keita's goal for Inter, means that Spalletti's men are back into the top four.
K. Baldé
Yellow Card
52' Keita is shown a yellow card by the referee for taking off his shirt when celebrating that crucial opening goal.
M. Politano
51' Politano is credited with the assist, but this goal was all about the quality of Keita's strike and the decoy run of Icardi.
K. Baldé
51' GOOOOOOOAAALLL!!! INTER 1-0 EMPOLI! What a huge, huge goal this is for Inter - and it comes from the half-time substitute! Keita uses the decoy run of Icardi to his advantage by shifting the ball to his right and picking out the far bottom corner of the net with a superb strike from 22 yards.
50' Empoli may be at the bottom end of the division, but they have won three matches in a row and they are playing like a side full of confidence. Right wing-back Di Lorenzo carries the ball high up the pitch and puts a dangerous cross into the middle, which causes some panic before being cleared.
49' Perisic attempts to clip the ball towards the back post but it is blocked by Di Lorenzo. The Inter attacker is adamant that it is handball, but Di Lorenzo's hands were behind his back - no chance was the referee going to point to the spot.
47' With around 20 seconds of the second half played, half-time substitute Keita is effectively through on goal. Rather than shooting, though, he tries to square the ball to a team-mate and it is cut out for a corner.
46' RESTART! Empoli, who are doing enough to ensure that their status as a Serie A side will remain intact an hour from now, get us back underway at San Siro!
K. Baldé
K. Asamoah
46' Keita replaces Asamoah for the start of the second half. Spalletti takes decisive action with his side in need of a goal.
Spalletti will have mixed feelings on the back of that first half. Inter created plenty of openings and, if not for some inspired goalkeeping from Dragowski, they could easily be a couple of goals to the good. The bottom line, though, is that his side did not score, and now the pressure is only going to increase as results elsewhere are not going their way. That could well see Spalletti turn to his bench at the interval, with Martinez an option to come on in attack.
The sides go into half time all square at 0-0 - a result that will not be enough for Inter in their quest to finish in the top four as things stand, though it will be enough to keep Empoli above the dotted line at the opposite end of the division. Dragowski had eight saves to make in that lively first half, the best of which saw him keep out De Vrij from point-blank range. The visitors also created a good opportunity of their own, however, which Caputo was unable to make the most of as Handanovic raced off his line to close the angle and make the save.
44' ANOTHER TOP SAVE! Dragowski has produced some world-class saves in this first half. Asamoah is not closed down and his swerving shot was heading for the top corner if not for Dragowski's intervention, producing a strong, one-handed save to keep his side level.
42' Inter win a corner and Empoli just about scramble it clear. Skriniar could not adjust his feet quickly enough to get a shot away inside the six-yard box.
41' Asamoah squares the ball to Nainggolan, who sticks out a boot to divert the ball towards goal. There are a few groans around San Siro as the home fans know that things are not panning out as expected. Remember, Inter will miss out on a place in the top four if things stay this way.
39' Empoli look threatening whenever they come forward. Traore uses De Vrij as a wall but is unable to get enough curl on his shot, which goes out for a goal kick. Up the other end of the field, a poor touch from Politano lets Dragowski off the hook.
37' UPDATE! Lorenzo Pellegrini has put Roma in front at home to Parma and Duvan Zapata has equalised for Atalanta against Sassuolo. As things stand, Inter are in fifth place - they need to score.
36' Inter are enjoying plenty of possession in the final third, and they will argue that they have done enough to warrant the lead, but Empoli have also created a brilliant opportunity that Caputo failed to take. Traore catches D'Ambrosio to give away a free kick.
35' Inter's last 10 final day matches of a season have seen 4.9 goals scored on average in each game. In the last eight of those they have both found the net and conceded, winning four and losing four.
33' ANOTHER DRAGOWSKI SAVE! This match has been pretty relentless so far - brilliant viewing for the neutral, it must be said! Nainggolan volleys the ball goalwards with a superb technique from 22 yards, but again it is near enough right at Dragowski.
31' BIG CHANCE FOR EMPOLI! Caputo beats the offside trap to get on the end of Farias's reverse pass in behind. The angle is closed down by Handanovic and Caputo cannot beat the Inter keeper, who makes the save with his chest.
29' INCREDIBLE STOP! De Vrij gets his head to Brozovic's corner and finds the target, but Dragowski reacts superbly to somehow keep it out under the crossbar. He had no right to save that! Nainggolan then has a go from range, curling the ball behind.
28' GOOD SAVE! Brozovic is encouraged to shoot from 25 yards and he does exactly that. The ball has plenty of power behind it but not enough bend, giving Dragowski the chance to push it behind for a corner kick.
27' Inter's link-up play on the edge of the box has been superb. Their crossing has been poor, though, and that is where their best route through on goal looks likely to come from. AC Milan are now two goals in front against SPAL so they are on course to completing their half of the bargain, so to speak.
25' Replays show that the referee Luca Banti got that penalty decision spot on - Pajac's challenge on D'Ambrosio was a good one.
24' PENALTY SHOUT! Asamoah's crossing is letting him down, with this latest attempted pass once again being overhit. Inter come forward again and, just as D'Ambrosio is about to pull the trigger, his feet appear to be taken from under him by Pajac. The referee waves play on.
22' CLOSE! Asamoah slips the ball towards Perisic, who dummies it for Icardi. The striker turns brilliantly and gets a shot away, which flies narrowly wide of the target with Dragowski looking a little worried.
20' UPDATE! Domenico Berardi has put Sassuolo in front against Atalanta so Inter, having dropped down to fifth, move back into fourth! We are goalless at San Siro but there is plenty of drama on this final day in Serie A.
19' UPDATE! AC Milan have taken the lead against SPAL through a Hakan Calhanoglu strike. That goal could prove massive as Inter have now dropped down to fifth place in the Serie A standings.
18' The ball is switched to Asamoah, who is being given far too much room down the left. The full-back is not quite making the most of the space, though, as this latest attack fizzles out.
17' Farias goes on a positive run and wins a corner out of D'Ambrosio. Inter initially struggle to clear the danger, but a loose ball is pounced on by Nainggolan and Empoli's rare attack comes to an end.
15' GREAT BLOCK! Icardi nods the ball down for Politano, who gets plenty of power behind his volley from 10 yards. Silvestre jumps in the way of the shot to block it, though, preventing what could well have been the opening goal.
13' SAVES! Another couple of half-chances come and go for Inter. Vecino attempts to find a way through with a back-heeled flick, which Dragowski is equal to. D'Ambrosio also has a headed attempt kept out by the Empoli keeper.
11' PERISIC GOES CLOSE! Perisic works some space for the shot outside the box and forces Dragowski into a good, fingertip stop. Inter are dominating the match and are looking good value to open the scoring.
9' Dragowski is under little pressure but elects to punch the ball rather than grabbing it, immediately putting his side back under pressure. Inter are having plenty of joy in the wide areas early on, which they are looking to capitalise on.
7' Pajac covers well to prevent Vecino from getting a shot away. Inter claim that there was contact made in the box during that move but the referee disagrees.
5' Borini shoots into the side-netting at one end and, moments later, Caputo is unable to pick out Acquah at the end of a swift Empoli counter. We have an open match on our hands!
4' SAVE! A good first touch sets Nainggolan for the shot, which is aimed pretty much right at Dragowski in the Empoli goal. This has been a bright start for the home side.
3' Politano cuts inside from the right but opts against taking on the shot from 20 yards. Instead the ball is worked to Asamoah, who overhits it straight behind for a goal kick.
2' The hosts win a corner with exactly a minute on the clock. Politano takes it but there is far too much pace on the ball and it sails straight through the box.
1' KICK-OFF! Inter, who will be assured of a place in the Champions League next season if they pick up victory, get us up and running in Milan!
The two teams are now out on the field at San Siro and we are moments away from kick-off.
Inter have won 10 of their previous 11 Serie A meetings with Empoli, including each of the last six. Empoli’s last win against today's opponents in the Italian top flight was back in April 2006 - 1-0 under Luigi Cagni. Inter's run of six successive victories against Empoli is their longest current streak against a single side in league competition.
Empoli boss Andreazzoli has unsurprisingly stuck with the same XI from the 4-1 victory over Torino last time out, with Rade Krunic still not part of the squad because of an injury that also kept him out of last weekend's match. Caputo was a slight doubt for today's game, but he is deemed fit enough to spearhead this 3-5-2 formation alongside Farias.
Spalletti has made three changes on the back of the heavy loss to Napoli, including a return up top for Icardi in place of the benched Martinez. De Vrij has recovered from an injury that ruled him out of Inter's last two matches to partner Skriniar in the heart of defence, with Miranda the player to make way. Elsewhere, Roberto Gagliardini is replaced by Vecino in holding midfield.
Empoli subs: Ivan Provedel, Dimitri Oberlin, Levan Mchedlidze, Jacob Rasmussen, Filippo Perucchini, Manuel Pasqual, Leonardo Capezzi, Salih Ucan, Dimitris Nikolaou, Matteo Brighi, Frederic Veseli.
EMPOLI (3-5-2): Bartlomiej Dragowski; Matias Silvestre, Cristian Dell'Orco, Domenico Maietta (c); Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Afriyie Acquah, Hamed Junior Traore, Ismael Bennacer, Marko Pajac; Francesco Caputo, Diego Farias.
Inter subs: Dalbert, Andrea Ranocchia, Miranda, Daniele Padelli, Cedric Soares, Borja Valero, Keita, Lautaro Martinez, Roberto Gagliardini, Antonio Candreva, Joao Mario.
INTER (4-2-3-1): Samir Handanovic (c); Danilo D'Ambrosio, Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Kwadwo Asamoah; Marcelo Brozovic, Matias Vecino; Matteo Politano, Radja Nainggolan, Ivan Perisic; Mauro Icardi.
As for Empoli, they have won three matches in a row - against Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Torino - to leave themselves on the brink of safety. Aurelio Andreazzoli's men are locked in a four-team battle to dodge the third and final relegation spot, currently sitting one point better off than 18th-place Genoa, who travel to Fiorentina in the final round of fixtures. Plenty can happen over the next couple of hours, but rest assured we will have all bases covered. 
Both sides have plenty to play for on the final day of the season as the battle for a top-four finish and Serie A survival intersect. Inter were stuffed 4-1 by Napoli last weekend and have collected just six points from the last 15 on offer, potentially leaving them needing a victory in this final outing of the campaign. Luciano Spalletti's side are level on points with third-place Atalanta and occupy the final Champions League qualifying berth, but they can still be caught by both AC Milan and Roma.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Serie A meeting between Inter and Empoli at San Siro.