AC Milan’s top-four hopes dented by shock defeat at Spezia

AC Milan’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League were dented by a shock defeat at 18th-placed Spezia in Serie A.

Przemyslaw Wisniewski gave the hosts the lead before Salvatore Esposito’s stunning late free-kick sealed victory to boost Spezia’s chances of survival.

Defeat for Milan follows their 2-0 home loss to rivals Inter Milan in their Champions League semi-final first leg.

Stefano Pioli’s side remain fifth in the table, four points behind Lazio.

Milan’s Sandro Tonali and Brahim Diaz both hit the post before Wisniewski reacted quickest when Kelvin Amian’s header bounced off the upright to score the opener.

The visitors continued to chase the game after going behind before Esposito found the top corner to move his side level with 17th-placed Verona on goal difference, and condemn Milan to a first league defeat against a side in the bottom three since 2017.

Pioli’s side will look to overturn their deficit against neighbours Inter in the second leg on Tuesday, but the Milan manager said last week’s defeat was still fresh in their minds.

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