Sampdoria is relegated to Serie B after falling to Udinese 2-0 at the Dacia Arena.
Dejan Stankovic’s team needed to win on Monday to avoid losing to Serie B. Hellas Verona beat Lecce at last weekend.
However, Roberto Pereyra and Adam Masina’s goals for Udinese in the first half put an end to Sampdoria’s chances.
Pereyra broke the deadlock for Udinese after just nine minutes, and Masina headed home from Sandi Lovric’s cross in the 34th minute to double the hosts’ advantage.
Sampdoria failed to stage a dramatic comeback in the closing minutes and now has just 17 points from 34 games, 13 points less than Verona in 17th place with just 12 points to play for.
The 2010–11 season saw the Blucerchiati drop to Serie B. However, after the playoffs, they were immediately demoted from the top division.
During Sampdoria’s subsequent 11-year stay in the top flight, they finished as high as seventh in the 2014-15 season, but they barely scraped by with a 15th-place finish last season.
All season long, the Italian champions from 1991 have struggled with money, and there are worries that they may file for bankruptcy before the new season begins.
Sampdoria relegated from Serie A with 2-0 Udinese loss
Empoli all but guaranteed its survival when it defeated fellow struggler Salernitana 2-1, ending the latter’s 10-match unbeaten run.
Both teams entered the game eight points above the drop zone.
Nicol Cambiaghi put Empoli ahead shortly before halftime, and Francesco Caputo doubled the lead in the 63rd minute.
Krzysztof Pitek pulled one back with five minutes remaining, but it was insufficient for Salernitana.
After equalizing for Bologna in a 1-1 draw at Sassuolo, Nicolás Domnguez had a special celebration.
Domnguez gave encouragement to Adama Soumaoro, a teammate who’s season failed last week due to a serious knee injury.
Domenico Berardi scored the game’s first goal in the mid-table clash.