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Milan vs. Roma Post Match Reaction: No Champions League Clinched Yet

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 12:  Giampaolo Pazzini of AC Milan and Francesco Totti of AS Roma (R) compete during the Serie A match between AC Milan and AS Roma at San Siro Stadium on May 12, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Matteo BonettiContributor IMay 12, 2013

In what was a violent and oftentimes petulant 0-0 tie, Milan failed to clinch the third and final Champions League spot as visiting Roma kept them to a draw at the San Siro. 

Let's not even get into the horrendous golden kit Milan wore, which was a far cry away from the usually classy kit meshed with historical colors that the team usually dons.

Milan played with 10 men the entire second half as Sulley Muntari was sent off in the 41st minute after bizarrely grabbing the referees wrists as he attempted to give Mario Balotelli a yellow card.

Despite this, the home side resisted the technical build up play from Roma. Christian Abbiati was forced to make a few dramatic saves throughout the match on a flurry of shots from outside the box.

However the balding 35-year-old keeper was an impenetrable wall, and the Capital side failed to take advantage of Milan being down one man.  

Despite being in seventh place in the Serie A standings, Roma can still win silverware if they manage to beat city rival Lazio in the Coppa Italia final, which would also gift them a spot in the Europa league next season.

The most sour note came when play was temporarily halted for two minutes in the beginning of the second half because of racist chants from the Roma fans.

It was a crude reminder about some of the issues still plaguing Italian football, and hopefully the appropriate punishment will be taken to curb similar behavior in the future. But anyway, let's move on to more positive topics.

The final matchday of the Serie A season will decide if the Rossoneri or fourth place Fiorentina will get the vaunted third spot. Both teams play against relegated sides—Siena and Pescara respectively—and should attain three points each.

If Milan were to undergo a meltdown next week and fail to clinch third place, expect the axe to drop on coach Massimilano Allegri's head. 

It'll be a final matchday full of drama as the Champions League not only gives a giant monetary boost to clubs, but is the ideal marketing tool to lure new stars. 

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