Serie A wrap: Milan claim title despite draw

AC Milan clinched their first Serie A title since 2003-04 with a 0-0 draw against Roma on Saturday.In doing so the Italian giants, who have topped the standings for much of the 2010-11 season, stopped a run of five successive championships to fierce rivals Inter Milan, and wrapped up their 18th Italian top-flight triumph – level with Inter.

Saturday’s result moved AC Milan nine points clear of second-placed Inter, who have three games remaining – but even if Milan were to lose their two remaining games and Inter claimed full points, Massimiliano Allegri’s side have the superior head-to-head record.

Milan’s top scorer this season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, made his comeback after a three-match suspension for the Roma game, but he could not add to his tally of 14 league goals as the sides played out a 0-0 draw at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Palermo prepared for their Coppa Italia semi-final second-leg clash with Milan on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over the relegated Bari.

A goal from Simone Bentivoglio gave visitors Bari a surprise lead early on, but Palermo hit back through Fabrizio Miccoli and Cesare Bovo – and were good enough to hold on for the win despite a penalty miss from Miccoli after 65 minutes.