AC Milan complicates Champions League fate with Cagliari stalemate – fr

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AC Milan complicates Champions League fate with Cagliari stalemate – fr


Milan (AFP)

AC Milan complicated their Champions League stint with a goalless home draw against Cagliari at San Siro on Sunday.

Stefano Pioli’s side could have sealed a return to elite European football for the first time since the 2013-2014 season with a victory over the Sardinians.

But with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic injured, the Northerners lost points with a top-four finish on the wire in their final game at Atalanta, second next weekend.

“We were too tense,” said Milan coach Pioli.

“We had the game of our life against Juventus, then Torino, so it will be another against Atalanta. We will have to try. “

Atalanta secured a third consecutive Champions League football season with a 4-3 victory over Genoa on Saturday.

Milan are third, tied on 76 points with fourth Napoli, who won 2-0 at Fiorentina earlier on Sunday.

But Juventus are just one point over 75 after beating champions Inter Milan 3-2, in their last game in Bologna.

Cagliari had already ensured their top-flight survival before kick-off after Crotone held Benevento 1-1.

Milan had beaten Torino 7-0 in midweek, but the hosts’ poor home form continued with just eight wins out of 19 games played at San Siro.

Hakan Calhanoglu, Samu Castillejo, Alexis Saelemaekers and Ante Rebic all missed chances with Cagliari also threatening.

Gianluigi Donnarumma saved two headers in the second period from Leonardo Pavoletti and Diego Godin.

In Florence, Napoli took all three points as they looked to return to the Champions League after missing this season.

As in Turin on Saturday, when Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty for Juventus but scored with the result, Napoli skipper Lorenzo Insigne scored after 56 minutes after Fiorentina goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano saved his shot from the spot.

Insigne missed two more chances for a second, but the Italian then played a part in Napoli’s second goal.

The attacker sent the ball home for Piotr Zielinski, whose shot ended up stealing Fiorentina defender Lorenzo Venuti after 67 minutes.

Napoli’s last game will be at home against mid-table Hellas Verona.

Juventus are playing their last game in Bologna desperately not to miss the Champions League for the first time in a decade.

Lazio will not play among the top Europeans next season after a 2-0 derby loss to Roma on Saturday.

Sixth Lazio are eight points behind Juventus after playing one game less.

Benevento, 18th, lost two points in his high-flying survivor attempt against already relegated Crotone.

Their fate will be played next week against Torino, who are only three points ahead but played one game less.

Meanwhile, eighth Sassuolo beat Parma 3-1 with coach Roberto De Zerbi revealing after the game that he told players he would quit at the end of the season.

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