(Italian league) AC Milan stumble

Sports | 17 May 2021 12:59 pm

AC Milan squandered the chance to secure a long-awaited return to the Champions League as goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma came to their rescue in a 0-0 Serie A draw at home to Cagliari on Sunday, Reuters reports.

Victory over the 16th-placed Sardinians would have assured Milan of a top-four finish and their first appearance in European football's top club competition since 2013-14 next season.

But Stefano Pioli's side toiled to a disappointing draw that leaves them third on 76 points going into the final round, level with Napoli in fourth but above them on head-to-head record, and one point ahead of fifth-placed Juventus.

The hosts were limited to speculative long-range efforts in the first half and risked going behind after the break, but Donnarumma produced top saves to deny Leonardo Pavoletti and Diego Godin headers.

Cagliari, on 37 points, celebrated the security of their Serie A status before kick-off after 18th-placed Benevento drew with Crotone.

Milan travel to second-placed Atalanta for their final game of the season next Sunday, while Napoli host 10th-placed Hellas Verona and Juventus go to Bologna, who are 11th.

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