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Italian Serie A

San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza) (ATT 39,000) 18th May 2014 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Valeri

AC Milan AC Milan vs Sassuolo Sassuolo

AC Milan 2

S Muntari (2)
N de Jong (27)
P Mexes (S/O 68)
M De Sciglio (S/O 89)

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Sassuolo 1

P Cannavaro (S/O 86)
S Zaza (pen 90)

Milan miss out on Europe

Last Updated: 18/05/14 11:23pm

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Sulley Muntari scored in the second minute for Milan

Sulley Muntari scored in the second minute for Milan

AC Milan missed out on a Europa League qualifying place despite seeing off Sassuolo on the final day of the Serie A season.

Clarence Seedorf's side had to win at home to have any chance, but also needed both Torino and Parma to fail to collect three points from their respective games.

Parma ended Milan's hopes with a 2-0 win over Livorno to take sixth spot, leaving Milan to finish two places and one point behind them.

Sulley Muntari had put Milan in front after two minutes and Nigel De Jong made it 2-0 before the half-hour mark.

The Rossoneri were forced to play down to 10 men from the 66th minute after Philippe Mexes was sent off for a second booking.

Sassuolo defender Paolo Cannavaro was shown a straight red with four minutes from time after a harsh foul on Milan substitute Stephan El Shaarawy.

Sassuolo's Simone Zaza made it 2-1 from the penalty spot with seconds remaining after Mattia De Sciglio had brought down Nicola Sansone in the area.

De Sciglio was handed his marching orders for that foul, leaving Milan to finish the game with nine men.

Sassuolo, who had gained promotion to Serie A last summer, travelled to the San Siro in celebratory mood having secured their top-flight status last weekend.

But it was the hosts who took an early lead when Muntari drilled a 30-yard shot towards the top-left corner of goal, out of Alberto Pomini's reach.

Milan continued to push forward and doubled their advantage in the 27th minute when De Jong's free-kick took a deflection off the wall to beat Pomini.

Before the interval, Zaza wasted a good chance to put his team back in the game when he headed Pedro Mendes' cross high and wide from a good position.

Sassuolo picked up where they left off after the re-start and on the hour mark Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati was forced to stretch to clear Cannavaro's powerful header from Domenico Berardi's cross.

At the other end, Pomini denied Milan's third of the evening when he kept out Pazzini's 12-yard effort.

Sassuolo, who beat Milan 4-3 earlier this season, pressed forward more aggressively after Mexes' sending-off.

They pulled one back when Zaza cooly struck his spot-kick towards the bottom-left corner of goal to beat Abbiati.

However, the visitors ran out of time as Milan held on for their 16th victory of the campaign.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 37 86
2 Roma 36 67
3 Lazio 36 66
4 Napoli 37 63
5 Genoa 37 59
6 Fiorentina 36 58
7 Sampdoria 36 54
8 Inter Milan 37 52
9 Torino 36 51
10 Palermo 36 46
11 AC Milan 36 46
12 Verona 36 44
13 Sassuolo 36 43
14 Chievo 36 42
15 Udinese 36 41
16 Empoli 36 41
17 Atalanta 36 36
18 Cagliari 36 28
19 Cesena 36 24
20 Parma 36 17