Cagliari got the victory they needed with Luca Ceppitelli’s header, and Mattia Caldara missed a penalty as Atalanta must make do with seventh place.
There was still plenty at stake for both sides in Sardinia. The hosts weren’t entirely sure of safety yet, but had a massive boost with last week’s win at Fiorentina, while the Orobici would skip the Europa League preliminary rounds if they bettered Milan’s result against the Viola.
Leandro Castan and Damir Ceter missed out for Cagliari with Joao Pedro suspended. Rafael Toloi and Andrea Masiello sat out bans for Atalanta, joined by Leonardo Spinazzola, Andreas Cornelius and Andrea Petagna in the stands.
There were penalty appeals within four minutes, but the VAR officials ruled the Lykogiannis handball was involuntary from point-blank range.
Pierluigi Gollini acrobatically denied a Diego Farias header at the back post, then Deiola’s deflected effort also tested the Atalanta goalkeeper.
Atalanta lost Robin Gosens to injury and substitute Bastoni’s strike skimmed the bar from a tight angle, but Hans Hateboer’s finish from a Papu Gomez assist was straight at Alessio Cragno.
Remo Freuler’s screamer was fingertipped out from under the bar by Cragno, while Timothy Castagne charged down a Farias strike.
Cagliari did eventually get to celebrate safety with a victory, as Luca Ceppitelli’s towering header from a Luca Cigarini corner gave debutant Rossi no chance.
Atalanta should’ve equalised at the death, as Ceppitelli went from hero to zero with a foul on Mattia Caldara. However, the defended decided to take the penalty himself in his final game before moving to Juventus and blasted it off target.
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Missed penalty: Caldara 93 (A)