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AC Milan defeated Juventus 1-0 to secure a spot in UEFA Champions League

Giroud scored an important goal as AC Milan defeated Juventus 1-0 in the Allianz Stadium to secure a spot in the UEFA Champions League.

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Olivier Giroud's goal late in the first half was enough for AC Milan to secure a spot in the top four in Serie A. It left the Rossoneri six points above fifth-place Atalanta with just one match remaining. Milan also moved eight points above Juventus. However, Bianconeri could still appeal the 10-point penalty it was given for false accounting. Coming into the match, Juventus was the only side that could possibly replace Milan in the top four in the Italian league.

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Their hopes shattered last week after the points deduction and a 4-1 loss at Empoli. AC Milan knew a point would be enough and both sides had chances before Giroud broke the deadlock five minutes before the break.

Juventus almost snatched an equalizer late on from Danilo's volley but Milan defender Pierre Kalulu cleared it off the line. Former Juventus and Inter coach Antonio Conte was in the stands. There are rumors about replacing Massimiliano Allegri at the end of the season after a second straight season without silverware.

Serie A: Relegation Battle

Verona played a draw against Empoli. They are still in the relegation zone but level on points with 17th-place Spezia. Verona will Milan on the final day of the season, while Spezia to Rome. If both are level, under new rules, there will be a playoff to decide which one remains in Serie A.

Lecce secured their spot in Serie A next season with a late 1-0 win at 10-man Monza. Lorenzo Colombo converted a penalty with the last kick of the match following Christian Gytkjær's handball. Gytkjær earlier had a penalty saved.

On the other side, Bologna fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Serie A champion Napoli while Lazio climbed to the second spot with a 3-2 victory over Udinese.

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