Milan stepped on the gas in the second half to beat Bologna 3-0, including a Keisuke Honda free kick, and qualify for the Europa League.
The Rossoneri would mathematically secure sixth place and Europa League football with a victory in their final home game of the season, as Fiorentina lost 4-1 to Napoli last night. With Suso suspended, Mattia De Sciglio, Ignazio Abate, Luca Antonelli and Giacomo Bonaventura injured, Carlos Bacca and Gianluca Lapadula were paired together for the first time from the start. The visitors missed Domenico Maietta, Adam Nagy and Adam Masina.
While Bologna were victorious at San Siro last season, that was the only win over the Rossoneri in the last 15 matches in all competition.
Mattia Destro nodded wide against his former club and Federico Di Francesco went off injured, but Milan missed an absolute sitter when Lapadula drilled past the near post undisturbed from 10 yards with only the goalkeeper to beat.
The Rossoneri dominated possession, but the finishing was woeful, as a Gustavo Gomez header was smothered and Mario Pasalic hesitated, allowing Daniele Gastaldello to block.
Antonio Mirante rushed off his line to close down Lapadula following a Godfred Donsah error. Orji Okwonwko’s assist was just past Ladislav Krejci and Saphir Taider’s attempt deflected wide. Milan were uninspired and wasteful, jeered off the pitch at half-time.
Pasalic went close by prodding just wide from close range and Lapadula had the ball in the net on 66 minutes, but it was correctly flagged offside, as Riccardo Montolivo got the decisive touch.
It was only a warning, as Milan did find the breakthrough with a well-worked goal. Mati Fernandez chipped up the pass over the defence and Deulofeu watched it come down for a low volley from a tight angle.
That seemed to give back some confidence and substitute Keisuke Honda curled in a splendid free kick up and over the wall, despite Mirante getting a hand to it.
Lapadula did get his goal in the end, in stoppages tapping in from close range after Mirante misread a Mati Fernandez cross.