Milan slip-up hands Europa impetus to Inter

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AC Milan defender Gabriel Paletta scored, however Milan went down 2-1 against Crotone © AFP/File / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

MILAN, Italy, Apr 30 AC Milan suffered a second league setback since their takeover by a Chinese consortium to boost rivals Inter’s bid for one of two Europa League spots in Italy’s Serie A.

Milan travelled to relegation-haunted Crotone looking to make up for a shock 2-1 San Siro defeat to struggling Empoli last week.

however for the second game in succession since the Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux bought the seven-time European champions through long-time owner Silvio Berlusconi, Vincenzo Montella’s side disappointed.

Marcello Trotta fired Crotone into an eighth-minute lead at their Ezio Scida stadium in addition to the idea took until the 50th minute for Milan to level, veteran defender Gabriel Paletta bundling home a messy goal through close range.

Milan pushed for a late winner however the Serie A giants, who saw Juraj Kucka sent off six minutes into second-half stoppage time for a second bookable offence, were forced to settle for a point.

“We should be disappointed in addition to angry for the result,” Milan coach Montella told Mediaset Premium.

“We’ve found out to our cost in which we can also drop points to teams much lower down inside table. We’re going home which has a point, in addition to somewhat angry.”

Milan remain sixth, a few points adrift of Atalanta inside final Europa League spot, however for Montella — given backing by the club’s fresh owners last week — a Europa League spot remains reachable, especially as the sixth-placed league finisher could be handed the spot allocated to the Cup winners.

inside June 2 Cup final, Juventus, set for a Champions League spot, face Lazio — who look set to finish fourth in addition to book a spot in Europe’s second tier club competition.

“We still believe we can reach the Europa League,” added Montella. “We’ve still to face Atalanta in addition to sixth place still offers a way in.”

Inter, enduring an equally tough season under fresh Chinese owners Suning, host Napoli in Sunday’s late game looking for their first win in six outings.

A home win at the San Siro would likely pull Stefano Pioli’s men level on points with Milan (59).

Roma’s 3-1 derby defeat to Lazio earlier Sunday left them in second place at nine points behind runaway leaders Juve, however only four points ahead of Napoli, as they chase the second automatic Champions League qualifying place.

Keita Balde struck twice, either side of a Dusan Basta strike in addition to Daniele De Rossi’s goal for Roma, as Lazio ruined Francesco Totti’s final derby to give Napoli a pre-game boost in addition to ignite Lazio’s hopes of fighting for a possible third-place finish.

After a disappointing Roma performance, coach Luciano Spalletti had to “keep quiet in addition to accept the flak”.

“We made some wrong decisions. We should have had more ball possession, however we struggled to respond when they went on the counter,” he said.

Elsewhere, former Roma striker Mattia Destro struck in either half to complete a brace as Bologna secured their top flight survival which has a comprehensive 4-0 win over Udinese.

the idea gave Roberto Donadoni’s men a 13-point lead over third-through-bottom Crotone with four gammes remaining in addition to Bologna forward Simone Verdi said: “We’ve deserved to stay up in which season, so the idea’s only right we celebrate.”

Genoa in addition to Empoli, however, face a nervous end to the season after defeats to Chievo in addition to Sassuolo respectively left them just above the drop zone with four games remaining.

While rock-bottom Pescara’s relegation last week was hammered home on Sunday by a 1-0 defeat away to Cagliari, fellow strugglers Crotone in addition to Palermo can dream of top-flight survival for another week.

A point through their draw with Milan left Crotone third through bottom however right now just four points behind Empoli.

however Crotone coach Davide Nicola remains unconvinced, saying: “We’re neither closer, nor further away (through safety.”

Palermo saw goals through Alessandro Diamanti in addition to Haitam Aleesami, at the death, secure a 2-0 home win over 10-man Fiorentina — only their fourth of the season. the idea left the Sicilians second through bottom in addition to 10 points behind Empoli with four games remaining.

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