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AC Milan shrugged off the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sweep past Lecce 4-1 and keep their bid for European football next season alive on Monday as 10-man Fiorentina were held 1-1 by basement club Brescia.

Swedish star Ibrahimovic has yet to return from a calf injury but Milan put their exit in the Italian Cup semi-final behind them at relegation-threatened Lecce.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus will return to their quest for a ninth consecutive league title at Bologna later Monday, five days after losing the Italian Cup final to Napoli.

The Serie A leaders are just one point ahead of second-placed Lazio, who travel to Atalanta, in fourth, on Wednesday.

In Lecce, Samuel Castillejo opened the scoring after 26 minutes for the visitors, connecting with a Hakan Calhanoglu cross from the right to slot in his first goal this season.

Marco Mancosu pulled Lecce level from the penalty spot after 54 minutes, sparking an immediate Milan fightback with two goals in three minutes.


Source: Guardian Newspaper