Sampdoria were relegated to Serie B today after losing their penultimate match of the season 2-1 at home to Palermo.

The defeat saw them drift five points away from safety with a game to go.

Fabrizio Miccoli put Palermo ahead in first-half stoppage-time before Jonathan Biabiany brought Sampdoria back into the match early in the second half.

But as they committed men forward, they conceded a second goal to Mauricio Pinilla.

That result, combined with Lecce's 2-0 win at Bari, condemned Samp to the drop.

Jeda was the difference as Luigi De Canio's Lecce completed their great escape with a win over their already-doomed local rivals, confirming Serie A survival for another season.

The Brazilian opened the scoring in the 52nd minute and then saw his 80th-minute shot - which was going off target - turned into his net by Bari's Andrea Masiello.

At the other end, Udinese moved back into fourth place - the final Champions League qualification spot - with a 2-0 victory at Chievo.

Mauricio Isla put the visitors ahead from long range before the half-hour mark and Kwadwo Asamoah doubled their advantage with 15 minutes remaining.

The Friuli outfit held on to claim three vital points at Verona's Stadio Bentegodi to go two points clear of fifth-placed Lazio - who beat Genoa 4-2 yesterday - heading into the final week of the season.

Roma's Champions League hopes are over after they lost 2-1 at Catania.

Simone Loria put the Giallorossi ahead but Gonzalo Bergessio levelled before Alejandro Gomez grabbed the winner deep into stoppage time.

Bologna drew 1-1 at Fiorentina earlier in the day.

A point for Bologna looked, at the time, as though it had secured their Serie A status although it was deemed irrelevant by Samp's defeat later.

Alessio Cerci put the home team in front in the 20th minute, but Bologna hit back with a strong second half which should have seen them take all three points.

Gaston Ramirez brought them level in the 50th minute before Marco Di Vaio missed a penalty as Per Kroldrup was sent-off.

The visitors should have had another penalty late on, but a mistake by the referee saw Ramirez instead shown the red card as both sides ended the match with 10 men, and a point each.

Like Bologna, Cesena will also play Serie A football next season after beating already-relegated Brescia 1-0 - Emanuele Giaccherini scoring the only goal on the hour mark.