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Tensions boiled over as two Champions League hopefuls fell out over a penalty decision and a pre-match boast
Gennaro Gattuso likened it to a cup final. His Milan team, fourth in the table, were facing Lazio, three points behind with a game in hand. Both were battling to occupy Italy’s last Champions League berth. Gazzetta dello Sport billed it as “a €50m match”.
Never mind the fact that, with a month and a half of the season remaining, it would be quite possible for either side to lose and finish fourth anyway (or even overtake Inter in third). Nor indeed the prospect that both could miss out at the same time. Atalanta began the weekend level on points with the Rossoneri, and Roma just one behind.