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AC Milan must wait until season’s final day to qualify next

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MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 17: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan celebrates the victory during the Italian Serie A match between Internazionale v AC Milan at the San Siro on October 17, 2020 in Milan Italy (Photo by Mattia Ozbot/Soccrates/Getty Images)

The two teams are due for the Champions League to take part in AC Milan, Napoli, and Juvento until the season’s final day.

After eight years of absence, Milan was only able to draw the 0-0 against Cagliari on Sunday to put Napoli to level, after Gennaro Gattuso’s 2-0 in Fiorentina.

The two teams are ahead of Juventus, who beat Inter Milan Series A 3-2 champion on Saturday.

Milan will play next in the Champions League at Atalanta, which has already qualified. Hellas Verona is hosted in Napoli and Bologna is visited by Youth. For Europe’s top club contest, the top four qualify.

Milan knew that a win would guarantee it’s the first time since the 2013-14 season back to the Champions League.

Cagliari would have required a security point, but previous results meant that another season in series A has been guaranteed.

Zlatan Ibrahimović, who was excluded from the forthcoming European Championship due to knee injury, was without the star in Milan.

In the first half, it was reduced to long-term shots. In the second period, the Rossoneri got closer but Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno was denied on several occasions.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DREAMS

Napoli knew it would ensure that a win went into the top four on the season’s final weekend.

The free-kick from the crossbar came in the first half of Lorenzo Insigne, but 11 minutes after the break the Napoli captain broke the deadlock.

Napoli was given a penalty for tugging Amir Rrahmani’s shirt at an angle by Nikola Milenkovic. Pietro Terracciano saved Insigne’s spot-kick, but Italy tucked away from the rebound internationally.

Insigne once again hit the woodwork before 11 minutes later Napoli’s lead doubled after Fiorentina defender Lorenzo Venuti had deflected the shot of Piotr Zieliński for his own goal.

FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

Benevento’s survival chances are out of its hands after a 1-1 draw with 10-man Crotone.

Benevento will be relegated if Torino avoids defeat against Lazio in Tuesday’s rescheduled game. Otherwise, Benevento must defeat Torino in their final match.

Crotone was reduced to ten men after defender Vladimir Golemi was sent off for a cynical challenge on Gianluca Lapadula. Nonetheless, it was able to snare an equalizer in stoppage time thanks to Simy.

Parma, which was already relegated, lost 3-1 at home to Sassuolo, while Sampdoria won 1-0 at Udinese.