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Football: Kessie fires Milan back into Champions League after long absence

Football: Kessie fires Milan back into Champions League after long absence

Atalanta's Ruslan Malinovskyi in action with AC Milan's Franck. (Photo: Kessie REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo)

MILAN: AC Milan secured a long-awaited return to the Champions League on Sunday as two Franck Kessie penalties earned a 2-0 win over Atalanta to seal a second-place finish on the final day of the Serie A season.

The victory saw Milan climb one point above the Bergamo club in the standings to 79 points behind champions Inter Milan.

Milan led the Serie A standings until mid-February, but a subsequent dip in form left them at risk of falling out of the top-four on the final day if they failed to win.

Kessie showed great composure to score from the spot shortly before the break and in second-half stoppage time, when Atalanta midfielder Marten de Roon was sent off.

The victory means the seven-time European champions will play Champions League football for the first time since 2013-14 next season.

Source: Reuters

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