Salihamidzic double seals Juve win over Milan

Updated: April 12, 2008, 4:45 PM ET

TURIN, Italy, April 12 - Hasan Salihamidzic struck twice to give Juventus a 3-2 win over 10-man AC Milan on Saturday that severely dented the Rossoneri's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Third-placed Juve are now nine points clear of Milan, who are in fifth spot four points behind Fiorentina having played a game more. Fiore visit leaders Inter Milan on Sunday.

Alessandro Del Piero opened the scoring for Juve after 12 minutes when his shot crept into the far corner but Milan hit back two minutes later when ex-Juventus striker Filippo Inzaghi turned in Kaka's cross before putting the visitors ahead.

Juve equalised on the stroke of halftime through Bosnian Salihamidzic, who headed the winner with 10 minutes left.

Milan defender Daniele Bonera was dismissed for a studs-up tackle on Mohamed Sissoko midway through the second period.

Earlier on Saturday in the Sicilian derby, Fabrizio Miccoli bent in a marvellous free kick five minutes from time to hand Palermo a 1-0 home win and leave Catania just three points above the drop zone.

(Writing by Mark Meadows in Milan, editing by Ken Ferris)

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