AC Milan move within 1 point of Serie A title

AC Milan moved within one point of winning the Serie A title with a 1-0 victory over Bologna on Sunday.

Updated: May 01, 2011 22:33 IST
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Rome: AC Milan moved within one point of winning the Serie A title with a 1-0 victory over Bologna on Sunday.

French midfielder Mathieu Flamini scored in the eighth minute, taking a pass from Robinho and dribbling past two defenders before finding the target from his own rebound.

Milan can now clinch its 18th Italian league championship with either a win or a draw at Roma next weekend.

Milan is eight points clear of five-time defending champion Inter Milan and nine points ahead of Napoli.

On Saturday, Inter beat Cesena 2-1 and Napoli edged Genoa 1-0.

Regardless of how its rivals fare, Milan needs only one point in its remaining three matches to clinch the title, since it holds the tiebreakers over both Inter and Napoli.

After the final whistle, Milan's players saluted the sold-out crowd of 75,121 at the San Siro in a celebratory manner.

"We're going to try to secure the mathematics in Rome," said Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri. "At this point we have a decent lead and we ought to win it."

In another of Sunday's matches, Udinese's Champions League chances were hurt with a 5-2 loss at Fiorentina.

Fourth-place Lazio, which hosts Juventus on Monday, remained one point in front of Udinese in the race for the final Champions League berth. Roma was four points behind Lazio ahead of its match at already relegated Bari later Sunday.

Also Sunday, it was: Catania 2, Cagliari 0; Chievo Verona 1, Lecce 0; Parma 3, Palermo 1; and Sampdoria 3, Brescia 3.

In Milan, Flamini nearly doubled the lead in the 45th but Bologna goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano blocked his shot. Milan forward Robinho then had a great chance in the 61st but missed wide.

Bologna threatened with headers from Henry Gimenez in the 76th and Miguel Britos in the 80th, but then was reduced to 10 men when Francesco Della Rocca was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Alessandro Nesta in the 82nd.

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