Livorno promoted back into Serie A after 3 years
LIVORNO, Italy (AP) — Livorno was promoted back into Serie A after a three-year absence by beating Empoli 1-0 in the second leg of the Serie B playoff final Sunday.
Brazilian forward Paulinho scored with a header in the 32nd minute for the Tuscan squad.
The first leg ended 1-1.
Sassuolo and Hellas Verona were already promoted after winning Serie B and finishing runner-up, respectively.
The playoff for the last spot involved the third- through sixth-place finishers in the league.
Brescia and Novara were eliminated in the playoff semifinals.
Livorno finished third in the Serie B table.
The 2013-14 Serie A season begins Aug. 24-25.