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18 July, Thursday


Return of the king - Gattuso's Milan backs to Champions League

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AC Milan revived their Champions League hopes with a 2-1 win over Bologna on Monday as tempers flared with three players sent off and a bust-up between French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and coach Gennaro Gattuso on the sidelines.

Gattuso's side move back into fifth place -- three points behind Atalanta who occupy the final Champions League berth -- with three games left to play this season.

Milan had dropped out of the European places after a draw against Parma and loss to Torino but now move level on points with Roma who are sixth.

Champions Juventus and second-placed Napoli are already assured of Champions League football next season but the battle for the final two berths remains tight with Inter Milan on 63 points, followed by Atalanta (62), AC Milan (59), Roma (59) and Torino (57).

"These are important points, we're right there now for the Champions League," said Gattuso whose side are targeting a return to elite European football for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.

AFP

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