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Juventus, AC Milan qualify for Champions League, Napoli miss out

  • Published at 03:58 am May 24th, 2021
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3. (From L) AC Milan's French midfielder Souhaliho Meite, AC Milan's Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, AC Milan's Spanish midfielder Brahim Diaz (2ndR) and AC Milan's English defender Fikayo Tomori (R) react at the end of the Italian Serie A football match Atalanta Bergamo vs AC Milan on Sunday at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia stadium in Bergamo AFP

A pair of Franck Kessie penalities at the end of either half ensured AC Milan finished the season second - 12 points behind city rivals Inter Milan - and return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2013-2014 season

Juventus qualified for the Champions League on the final day of the season on Sunday with a 4-1 win at Bologna and were joined by AC Milan who beat Atalanta 2-0.

Napoli had to settle for a Europa League spot, finishing fifth one point behind Juventus, after a 1-1 draw at home against Hellas Verona.

A pair of Franck Kessie penalities at the end of either half ensured AC Milan finished the season second -- 12 points behind city rivals Inter Milan -- and return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.

Atalanta have also booked a place in the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo was left on the bench by Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo who opted for an attacking line-up of Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata flanked by Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski.

A Morata brace along with goals from Chiesa and Adrien Rabiot prevented Juventus missing out on the elite European competition for the first time since 2012.

In Naples, Amir Rrahmani scored for Napoli after an hour against his former club

But Marco Davide Faraoni pulled one back immediately for the visitors nine minutes later to deny Gennaro Gattuso's side a return to elite European action after also missing out last season.


Italian Serie A table on Sunday after the final day of the 2020-2021 season 

(played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):

Inter Milan 38 28 7 3 89 35 91 -- champions

AC Milan 38 24 7 7 74 41 79

Atalanta 38 23 9 6 90 47 78

Juventus 38 23 9 6 77 38 78

Napoli 38 24 5 9 86 41 77

Lazio 38 21 5 12 61 55 68

Roma 38 18 8 12 68 58 62

Sassuolo 38 17 11 10 64 56 62

Sampdoria 38 15 7 16 52 54 52

Hellas Verona 38 11 12 15 46 48 45

Genoa 38 10 12 16 47 58 42

Bologna 38 10 11 17 51 65 41

Fiorentina 38 9 13 16 47 59 40

Udinese 38 10 10 18 42 58 40

Spezia 38 9 12 17 52 72 39

Cagliari 38 9 10 19 43 59 37

Torino 38 7 16 15 50 69 37

Benevento 38 7 12 19 40 75 33 -- relegated

Crotone 38 6 5 27 45 92 23 -- relegated

Parma 38 3 11 24 39 83 20 -- relegated

Note: Top four qualify for Champions League; fifth and sixth qualify for Europa League; bottom three relegated

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