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Sport Soccer-Juve in danger of missing out on top four after loss to Milan

02:10  10 may  2021
02:10  10 may  2021 Source:   reuters.com

AC Milan ultras left Gianluigi Donnarumma in tears after confronting him ahead of Juve clash

  AC Milan ultras left Gianluigi Donnarumma in tears after confronting him ahead of Juve clash The prodigious goalkeeper is yet to commit his future to the clubThe 22-year-old's contract is due to expire in June 2021 and, with a Transfermarkt valuation of £54m, AC are facing the real possibility of losing one of their most prized assets for nothing in the summer.

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) -Juventus started the season looking to win a 10th straight Serie A title but instead find themselves in danger of missing out on a Champions League spot after a 3-0 home defeat by top-four rivals AC Milan on Sunday left them fifth with three games left.

a group of football players posing for a picture: Serie A - Juventus v AC Milan © Reuters/MASSIMO PINCA Serie A - Juventus v AC Milan

Goals from Brahim Diaz, Ante Rebic and Fikayo Tomori secured the win and sent Milan up to third on 72 points from 35 matches, leaving Juve a point behind fourth-placed Napoli and needing teams to drop points as they battle for a top-four finish.

Fikayo Tomori, Ante Rebić posing for the camera: Serie A - Juventus v AC Milan © Reuters/MASSIMO PINCA Serie A - Juventus v AC Milan

Brahim curled home a stunning opener just before the break to give the visitors the halftime lead and they had a chance to extend the advantage in the 56th minute only for Franck Kessie's penalty to be saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

AC Milan in free fall

 AC Milan in free fall With the worst seasonal performance in one of the most important games of this season, AC Milan went on Monday evening with 0: 3 at Lazio Rome. The defeat was completely deserved at this level, no actor from the pioli eleven also reached only approximately normal form.

That miss did not prove costly, however, as substitute Rebic arrowed a fine strike into the net 12 minutes from time before defender Tomori, on loan from Chelsea, headed a third goal to seal a crucial win for Milan four minutes later.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo standing next to a football ball: Serie A - Juventus v AC Milan © Reuters/MASSIMO PINCA Serie A - Juventus v AC Milan

"It was a very special night for us," Tomori told Sky Sport Italia. "This result and my goal made the night special.

"This victory gives us an advantage but nothing has been decided yet (in top four race). Now we have to continue like this and stay focused for the next match against Torino."


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Used to battling it out for the Scudetto in the past, Juve and Milan looked like two teams who were unsure of a top-four finish in a nervous first half.

Milan Cartonne, Bergamo assures, Juve maintains hope

 Milan Cartonne, Bergamo assures, Juve maintains hope © Panoramic The 36th Series A day, marked by the victories of the first five of the rankings, gave rise to an absolute status quo in the race at the next League Champions. Naples was temporarily mounted on the second March on Tuesday night by having Udinese (5-1), history of putting a small pressure supplement on Juventus. All eyes were steeped on the old lady, always 5th and visiting Sassuolo, with in the cages the return of his guardian fetish, Gianligi Buffon.

Other than a header from Giorgio Chiellini, Juve struggled to create anything, with Cristiano Ronaldo unusually quiet.

Brahim lit up a poor first half after Szczesny did not get enough on a punch, with the Real Madrid loanee finding the top corner on his first start for Milan since March.

After the break, Juve did improve, with Ronaldo finally getting a shot away, but he could not find the target with his left foot, while Milan had to withdraw their top goalscorer this season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, due to an injury.

Cristiano Ronaldo standing next to a football ball: Serie A - Juventus v AC Milan © Reuters/MASSIMO PINCA Serie A - Juventus v AC Milan

Chiellini's clumsy handball gifted Milan the chance to extend their lead, after a lengthy VAR review. However, Szczesny came to the rescue - the Pole's third penalty save from the last four spot kicks he has faced in Serie A against Milan.

It was Ibrahimovic's replacement Rebic who effectively ended Juve's hopes of getting something from the match, before Tomori picked an opportune moment to score his first goal for Milan.

The final whistle was greeted with wild scenes of celebration from Milan staff and players, with their first away league win at Juve since March 2011 putting them in a strong position to return to the Champions League, potentially at their opponent's expense.

(Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Ken Ferris and Christian Radnedge)

Lazio cruise past AC Milan to keep top four dream alive .
Lazio cruise past AC Milan to keep top four dream aliveMilan are in fifth place, level on 66 points with Napoli and Juventus and two points behind Atalanta, while Lazio are five points behind with a game in hand.

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