Crotone became the third and final team to be relegated to Serie B after a 2-1 defeat at Napoli.
The Pitagorici began the day in the bottom three and their loss at the San Paolo, coupled with wins for rivals SPAL, Cagliari, Udinese and Chievo, means their two-year stay in Italy’s top-flight comes to an end.
The Calabria club heroically fought off relegation last term under Davide Nicola, when they took 20 points from their final nine matches to salvage a seemingly hopeless situation.
However, there was to be no reprieve this time around under Walter Zenga.
A closely fought relegation battle reached today’s final round of fixtures with five teams still fighting to avoid joining Verona and Benevento in Serie B next term.
The Pitagorici had by far the toughest assignment on paper, travelling to face Maurizio Sarri’s League runners-up.
As events transpired, even an unlikely victory at the San Paolo would not have been enough for Crotone to achieve survival, given all their rivals won their respective fixtures.
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