Inter warmed up for the Champions League final with Saturday’s 1-0 win at Torino which ensured that they would finish the Serie A season in third place.
Marcelo Brozovic struck the only goal of the game in the 37th minute in Turin when he turned on the edge of the area and lashed in his third of the season, earning Inter their 11th win from their last 12 matches.
Simone Inzaghi’s side, who face Manchester City in Istanbul next weekend, moved into second with the win but were immediately bumped down a spot by Lazio who won 2-0 at Empoli.
Inter were already sure of competing in next season’s edition of Europe’s top club competition and are now 11 points above fifth-placed Atalanta.
“Tomorrow we’ll have some time off before an intense week,” Inzaghi told DAZN.
“It’s going to be our 57th match of the season, and we earned our chance to play this last one thanks to the 56 that came before it.”
Brozovic staked a claim for a place in Inter’s starting line-up for the final ahead of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
They would have won more convincingly had Edin Dzeko not clipped the wrong side of the post with a late effort following good play from Romelu Lukaku, the Bosnian’s rival for a place in Inzaghi’s XI.
With a full week to go until their showdown with English champions City in Turkey, Inzaghi picked a strong side to take on Torino, a tough team who were hoping for European football.
Ivan Juric’s Torino sit ninth and three points behind Fiorentina who will finish eighth, which could offer a spot in Europe if seventh-placed Juventus are barred from continental competition by UEFA for financial irregularities.
Lazio comfortably came through at Empoli through Alessio Romagnoli’s header and a beautiful finish from Luis Alberto in stoppage time.
The win for Maurizio Sarris’s side secured their best league placing since they last won the Scudetto 23 years ago.
Relegated Cremonese bowed out of Serie A in a positive fashion thanks to a 2-0 win over Salernitana thanks to Cristian Buonaiuto’s first half penalty and a thumping late strike from Frank Tsadjout.
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