Massimiliano Allegri's last game on the Milan bench was a 4-3 defeat to Sassuolo, back in January. Now, Clarence Seedorf may well have spent his last game coaching Milan to a win against the same side. The three points weren't enough - Milan are out of Europe for the first time in nearly 30 years. They end the season in eighth, 21 points back of the last Champions League place.
The home side started off aggressively. After just 30 seconds, Sulley Muntari put in a shot from about 40 meters out, but it went just high. Just two minutes later, Muntari went for it once again, receiving the pass from Giampiero Pazzini. This time, he made no mistake, his powerful strike knocking off the post and leaving Alberto Pomini helpless.
But one wasn't enough. If Milan ended the night even on points with Torino, goal difference would be the decisive factor, as both sides had the same head to head record. However, Sassuolo wouldn't let them get close to goal, so they resorted to speculative shots from distance.
One of those managed to turn into a goal, when Adil Rami's effort, heading well wide, turned into a beautiful pass for Pazzini. It was easy enough for the forward to put past Pomini, but the flag was up for offside.
Luckily for Milan, it didn't take long for them to score another goal. And once again, it was from distance. Kaka was fouled around the edge of the box, and Nigel De Jong took the free kick. His strike deflected off Simone Zaza to land in the back of the net.
It seemed as though Milan's players were more concerned with what was happening in Florence and Parma in the second half. Sassuolo took advantage. About ten minutes into the second half, Zaza found himself one on one with Christian Abbiati. but, at the exact moment Sassuolo's young forward went to shoot, Rami came sliding in from behind, keeping Milan's lead intact.
When Phillipe Mexes fouled Domenico Berardi , earning his second yellow and leaving Milan down to ten men, it seemed the rossoneri might have a few problems in this match. However, Sassuolo didn't have the strength, or, let's be honest, much motivation to press Milan too hard. Nicola Sansone did manage to get the ball in the back of the net, but it was ruled offside. As the minutes ticked by, the tension increased. In the 87th minute, Paolo Cannavaro was sent off for a foul on Stephan El Shaarawy, putting both sides at ten men - for a couple minutes. Then Mattia De Sciglio was shown a straight red, for pulling down Sansone inside the area. It was perhaps a harsh call, but Zaza stepped to the spot to convert the penalty.
Milan: Abbiati; De Sciglio, Rami, Mexes, Constant (Zaccardo 63'); Montolivo, De Jong, Muntari (El Sharaawy 59'); Kakà (Balotelli 73'), Taarabt, Pazzini
Goals: Muntari 3', De Jong 27'
Red cards: Mexes 68', De Sciglio 89'
Sassuolo: Pomini, Mendes (Terranova 78'), Ariaudo, Cannavaro, Longhi, Chibsah (Masucci 73'), Magnanelli, Missiroli (Biondini 46'), Berardi, Zaza, Sansone
Goal: Zaza 90'
Red card: Cannavaro 87'