Juve 1-1 Roma: It was a goal-line clearance for Ciro Immobile, who headed in from the penalty spot, and Mario Balotelli was at the heart of the scoring, with his volley curling just wide.
Juventus were level on aggregate, but the Italians held firm in their final three matches to secure fourth place and qualification for the Champions League.
Ciro Immola scored twice for Juventus, including the opening goal against Roma.
“I felt I had a good touch, but I could have scored the other goal,” Balotellini said.
“I hope I can score goals in the future, but this game is a tough one.
The ball went up to me, I was going to shoot but I had to stay down.
I saw it coming and I got it.
When you play in Serie A you have to be aware of the situation, because the game changes every game.
You have to have confidence in your shooting, in your finishing.
There are players who can score, but it’s always about yourself.”
The hosts were not happy to have been knocked out, and were looking forward to getting back to the game, despite the result.
“[Roma] were very good,” Juventus boss Francesco Totti said.
“They were always at the top of the table.
It was a tough game.”
We lost our confidence in the first half.
We didn’t play with a clear mind.
A lot of good chances were conceded.
Then we conceded a goal.
They scored the third.
And now we play on the road, with a tough home game.”
Balotelli said it was “a bit difficult to be in the game” as he was not the most involved player, and that it was a good result for Roma.”
It’s a tough result, it’s a shame,” he said.