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Artemio Franchi (ATT 25,000) 12th May 2013 - Kick off 11:30 Ref: A Damato

Fiorentina Fiorentina vs Palermo Palermo

Fiorentina 1

L Toni (41)


Palermo are relegated

Palermo relegated after loss

Last Updated: 12/05/13 4:45pm

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Luca Toni celebrates his goal for Fiorentina

Luca Toni celebrates his goal for Fiorentina

Palermo have been relegated from Serie A following their 1-0 defeat to Champions League-chasing Fiorentina at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Luca Toni's first-half goal was the only difference between the two sides but it was enough to seal Palermo's fate while providing a boost in Fiorentina's hopes of reaching Europe's premier club competition next season.

The defeat leaves Palermo five points adrift of Genoa in 17th place with only one game remaining, meaning they are unable to save themselves from dropping to the second tier.

In contrast, the win for Fiorentina sees them close the gap on third-placed AC Milan to a single point, although the Rossoneri can increase that again when they play Roma tonight.

Both sides had several chances in the first half before Toni opened the scoring four minutes before the break.

Palermo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino denied both Juan Cuadrado and Stefan Jovetic in the opening exchanges before his opposite number blocked Jasmin Kurtic's 30-yard effort seconds later.

Toni almost broke the deadlock in the 38th minute when he headed Manuel Pasqual's cross just over the bar.

However, he did not have to wait long to give Fiorentina their second consecutive win over Serie B-bound opposition, following the midweek triumph over Siena, when he slid in Cuadrado's low cross.

Borja Valero fired in a testing ball from the right flank which was picked up by Cuadrado who fed Toni at the far post.

Fiorentina were unlucky not to double their advantage after the interval when Stefan Jovetic's shot just missed the near post and Valero fired wide from the resulting corner.

Palermo went agonisingly close to pulling back a goal in the last 10 minutes when Ezequiel Munoz's header went inches wide.

That was the nearest they came on a day which ended in disappointment as their relegation was confirmed.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 33 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Chievo 34 41
14 Verona 34 40
15 Empoli 33 38
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 34 27
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 34 16