SPAL 2-3 AC Milan: Kessie nets winner from the spot but visitors miss out on the Champions League

SPAL 2-3 AC Milan: Franck Kessie nets winner from the spot but visitors miss out on the Champions League

  • Hakan Calhanoglu gave Milan the lead with a neat finish from the edge of the box
  • Franck Kessie doubled the lead with a brilliant finish after losing his marker
  • Francesco Vicari pulled one back with a header from Murgia’s free-kick 
  • Mohamed Salim Fares equalised just after half-time with another header 
  • Kessie scored from the spot after Thiago Cionek fouled Krzysztof Piatek 

Former European Cup winners AC Milan endured a bittersweet 3-2 win at SPAL in the last round of the Serie A, finishing the campaign outside the top four after their nearest rivals both booked their Champions League berths on Sunday.

The result left Milan fifth on 68 points, one behind third-placed Atalanta and fourth-placed city rivals Inter. Atalanta came from behind to beat Sassuolo 3-1 at home while Inter eked out a 2-1 win against relegated Empoli at the San Siro. 

Franck Kessie (centre) scores AC Milan’s second goal against SPAL on Sunday night

Kessie (right) wheels away in celebration after scoring his first goal of the evening

Kessie (right) wheels away in celebration after scoring his first goal of the evening

Hakan Calhanoglu fired Milan ahead in the 18th minute with a first-time shot from the edge of the penalty area after Franck Kessie played the ball into the Turkey midfielder’s stride from the left flank.

Kessie doubled Milan’s lead shortly afterwards when poor SPAL defending gave the Ivorian playmaker time and space to tee himself up for a left-footed shot into the roof of the net from close range.

The home side pulled one back in the 28th minute after left back Francesco Vicari found the top left corner with a glancing header and levelled early in the second half, Mohamed Fares meeting Alessandro Murgia’s cross with a thumping header.

Kessie converted a 66th-minute penalty after Krzysztof Piatek was hauled down to rekindle Milan’s hopes of earning Champions League football next season but their joy was short-lived as news of the other results came through.

The midfielder is mobbed by his team-mates after finding the net on the last day of the season

The midfielder is mobbed by his team-mates after finding the net on the last day of the season

Hakan Calhanoglu breaks the deadlock with a neat finish during the first half of the game

Hakan Calhanoglu breaks the deadlock with a neat finish during the first half of the game

Calhanoglu (left) celebrates with Kessie after opening the scoring in the Serie A clash

Calhanoglu (left) celebrates with Kessie after opening the scoring in the Serie A clash

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