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Fiorentina wins 3-2 at Palermo in Serie A to qualify for Europa League; Sampdoria draws 1-1

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MILAN — Fiorentina won 3-2 at Palermo to ensure qualification for the Europa League Sunday after Sampdoria was held 1-1 at Empoli earlier in the penultimate Serie A round of the season.

Marcos Alonso netted the winner 11 minutes from time after Fiorentina had twice been pegged back.

PHOTO: Empoli’s Piotr Zielinski, right, fights for the ball with Sampdoria's Luis Muriel during a Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Sampdoria at the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, Italy, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Fabio Muzzi/ANSA via AP)
Empoli’s Piotr Zielinski, right, fights for the ball with Sampdoria's Luis Muriel during a Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Sampdoria at the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, Italy, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Fabio Muzzi/ANSA via AP)

Josip Ilicic, who had been roundly jeered by the Palermo fans, scored a stunning opener against his former club — and even the home fans applauded.

Fiorentina moved back into fifth spot and cannot be caught by seventh-place Sampdoria, who could still qualify for Europe if Genoa fails in its appeal against a decision to deny it a UEFA license.

Elsewhere, Luca Toni scored twice in Hellas Verona's 2-2 draw at Parma to maintain his challenge for the top scorer award.

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