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Rebic nets swift hat-trick in Milan rout

Ante Rebic has netted a quick-fire second-half hat-trick in AC Milan’s 7-0 rout of Torino to strengthen the visitors’ chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

Theo Hernandez scored twice as Milan remain level on points with second-place Atalanta, 2-0 winners over relegation-threatened Benevento 2-0.

The two are a point above Napoli and three clear of fifth-place Juventus, who won 3-1 at eight-place Sassuolo.

There are two rounds remaining in Serie A with the top four qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Milan were without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic but Hernandez gave them the lead in the 19th minute and Samu Castillejo hit the woodwork before Franck Kessie converted a penalty in the 26th.

It took until early in the second half before Milan extended their advantage through Brahim Diaz and the floodgates then opened.

Hernandez doubled his tally in the 62nd and Rebic netted his first five minutes later, before adding to his tally in the 72nd and 79th.

World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon announced on Tuesday that he will leave Juventus at the end of the season.

Until then, the 43-year-old Buffon is still rescuing his side.

Buffon saved an early penalty from Domenico Berardi before goals from Adrien Rabiot, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala secured the win for Juventus.

Lazio still have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League after Ciro Immobile scored in stoppage time to grab a 1-0 win against already-relegated Parma.

Lazio are five points behind fourth-place Napoli but have a match in hand.

Newly-crowned champions Inter Milan beat Roma 3-1 and Genoa won 2-0 at Bologna.

Spezia and Cagliari boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation by drawing with Sampdoria and Fiorentina respectively.

Spezia are level on points with Torino, who have played a match less than most of their rivals, and four points above 18th-place Benevento.

Cagliari are five points above the bottom three.

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