Frosinone have been relegated to Serie B after just one season back in the top flight, with Empoli and Udinese securing their places in Serie A for another season courtesy of a late Azzurri goal.

Coming into Matchday 38 of the 2023/24 Serie A season, one of Frosinone, Empoli and Udinese would be heading down along with Sassuolo and Salernitana. The Canarini actually had the best chance of staying up, with multiple scenarios resulting in one of Empoli and Udinese going down.

The one scenario that would have seen Eusebio Di Francesco‘s side go down was a defeat at home to Udinese, and Empoli beating AS Roma at the Stadio Carlo Castellani. Unfortunately for Frosinone, that is exactly what happened.

Niang sinks Frosinone and sends Empoli into raptures

The evening began in great fashion for Empoli as it was clear that Roma, with nothing to play for after Atalanta‘s win earlier in the day had ended any Champions League qualification hopes, were not at the races.

The Azzurri took the lead through Matteo Cancellieri after a smart move, and saw that lead protected when Bryan Cristante‘s equaliser was chalked off. Roma would get the next goal though, with Houssem Aouar equalising just before the break.

With Frosinone and Udinese currently drawing 0-0 in Lazio, it was still Empoli that would be heading down. They had to win to stand any hope of staying in Serie A, and they were knocking on the door throughout the second half.

News then came through that Keinan Davis had put Udinese 1-0 up with 15 minutes to play, meaning Empoli weren’t getting any favours. With no sign that Frosinone were going to score, it was M’Baye Niang who popped up with a low finish past Mile Svilar to make it 2-1 in the 93rd minute, a goal that the entire Castellani knew was enough for survival.

As for Frosinone, it meant that the only circumstance in which they could go down had been created. The Canarini were very entertaining at times and have some interesting players, and may feel that they did enough to warrant another season in the top flight.

As it is, they join Sassuolo and Salernitana in Serie B and are the only of the three promoted sides not to stay in Serie A.