The Dallas Morning News

Draw keeps AC Milan from catching rivals


MILAN — AC Milan failed to take advantage of its rivals’ slipups after it was held at home by relegation-threatened Salernitan­a to 1-1 in Serie A on Monday.

Olivier Giroud headed Milan in front on the stroke of halftime, but Boulaye Dia replied in the 61st minute.

Milan remained fourth but inched one point clear of Roma. The defending champion was a point behind Lazio and two below Inter Milan in a tight battle for the Champions League qualifying spots.

Inter, Lazio and Roma all dropped points over the weekend so Milan could have moved level on points with its city rival in second.

■ It took Álvaro Morata and his Atletico Madrid teammates more than three minutes to be able to celebrate the striker’s important winner against Girona in the Spanish league.

Morata’s goal early in second half stoppage time was confirmed only after a lengthy video review, but it finally counted to give Atletico the 1-0 win and sole possession of third place.

Atletico entered the match tied on points with Real Sociedad, which Sunday was held at Mallorca to 1-1. Diego Simeone’s team was still eight points behind second-placed Real Madrid, and 17 behind league leader Barcelona.

■ Eintracht Frankfurt is forgoing its allocation of tickets for

Wednesday’s Champions League game at Napoli in protest over what it calls an “unlawful” decree from Italian officials limiting ticket sales to visiting supporters.

The club is objecting to a decision by local authoritie­s in Naples banning any fans who are residents of Frankfurt from buying tickets, following unrest between supporters during the first leg in Germany.

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