AC Milan squandered the chance to secure a long-awaited return to the Champions League as goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma came to its rescue in a 0-0 Serie A draw at home to Cagliari on Sunday.

Victory over the 16th-placed Sardinians would have assured Milan of a top-four finish and its first appearance in European football’s top club competition since 2013-14 next season.

But Stefano Pioli’s side toiled to a disappointing draw that leaves it third on 76 points going into the final round, level with Napoli in fourth but above it on head-to-head record, and one point ahead of fifth-placed Juventus.

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The host was limited to speculative long-range efforts in the first half and risked going behind after the break, but Donnarumma produced top saves to deny Leonardo Pavoletti and Diego Godin headers.

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