SASSUOLO, Italy-AC Milan clinched their first Italian Serie A title in 11 years after incomes a 3-0 final-day victory at Sassuolo on Sunday, with a double from Olivier Giroud and one from Franck Kessie sealing the Scudetto in fashion.
Stefano Pioli’s aspect got here into the ultimate spherical of fixtures figuring out a degree could be sufficient for them to complete prime forward of rivals Inter Milan however after Giroud squeezed the ball residence within the seventeenth minute, a nineteenth Serie A title by no means seemed doubtful.
Frenchman Giroud stabbed residence a second purpose within the thirty second minute after additional positive work from Rafael Leao to place Pioli’s males heading in the right direction for the trophy, without having to be involved about how Inter have been getting on again at their shared San Siro stadium.
There was no relenting from Milan as Kessie slotted residence a 3rd purpose 4 minutes later to successfully put the sport, and title race, to mattress earlier than halftime.
After the break, it was celebration time in Emilia-Romagna, with 1000’s of Milan followers, who had clearly bought tickets among the many residence supporters, celebrating all through the half as their aspect by no means seemed in any hazard of being pegged again.
The ultimate whistle was greeted with wild scenes of celebration from the membership who’ve waited far too lengthy for a Scudetto for a aspect of their grandeur, as they completed two factors above Inter, whose residence win over Sampdoria was in useless.
“I don’t remember when we last lost a game,” Pioli informed DAZN. “We deserved this Scudetto as a result of we now have been extra constant and we now have received troublesome matches, coming from behind in a derby and profitable twice in Rome.
“My bosses have given me exceptional confidence; if you get to this level it is because each member has given their all.”
Milan confirmed no signal of any early nerves as they took the sport to mid-table Sassuolo.
Fikayo Tomori had seen his header cleared off the road and Alexis Saelemaekers’s shot was nicely saved even earlier than in-form Brazilian Leao stole in down the left and squared for Giroud to fireside his aspect in entrance.
The second purpose was all concerning the persistence and guile of Leao, who once more held off a number of challenges earlier than squaring for Giroud to attain his eleventh Serie A purpose of the season.
Kessie, who in keeping with widespread studies in Italy was enjoying his final sport for Milan earlier than becoming a member of Barcelona within the shut season, then side-footed residence the third with ease to finish the job.
Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic thought he had added the icing on the cake with a fourth off the bench late on, however the Swede’s header was dominated out for offside.
It mattered little, with the celebrations already in full swing. Even Pioli himself, who after 19 years as a coach has lastly received his first senior trophy, joined in with supporters singing “Pioli’s on fire” within the ultimate jiffy.
Milan’s jubilant supporters swarmed the pitch because the match drew to its conclusion, embracing gamers and workers at each alternative, with their wait for an additional league title lastly over.
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