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AC Milan eye Euro spots after Torino win

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AC Milan’s Croatian forward Ante Rebic (18) celebrates after opening the scoring during the Italian Cup (Coppa Italia) semi-final first leg football match AC Milan vs Juventus Turin on February 13, 2020 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. (Photo by Isabella BONOTTO / AFP)

AC Milan closed in on the European places in Serie A after Ante Rebic fired them to a 1-0 win over Torino on Monday.

Rebic swept home Samu Castillejo’s low pullback in the 25th minute to consign to draw Milan level on 35 points with Hellas Verona, who currently occupy the final Europa League spot on goal difference.

Rebic’s winning goal was his sixth in seven games in all competitions, a run that comes after failing to score at all in the first half of the season.

The Croatian’s strike helped the hosts bounce back from last week’s derby disappointment against Inter Milan to continue a positive run under coach Stefano Pioli that also saw them unlucky not to beat Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg last week.

They have lost just once since the turn of the year — to title-chasing Inter — and are playing well enough to aim for European football next season.

However the Champions League will likely be beyond them thanks to the 10-point gap between them and fourth-placed Atalanta.

Torino meanwhile is inching closer to the relegation zone after their fifth straight defeat, a slump that shows little sign of ending.

They are just five points from the drop despite bringing in Moreno Longo to replace Walter Mazzarri earlier this month.


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