AC Milan secured its first Serie A title in 11 years on Sunday with a 3-0 win at Sassuolo.
The town of Milan is already swarming with a sea of celebrating red-and-black followers. 1000’s of followers had began gathering in Milan’s Piazza del Duomo, in entrance of the long-lasting cathedral, even earlier than the Rossoneri clinched its nineteenth scudetto.
And it was the person who thrives on the large events who helped Milan do it, as veteran ahead Olivier Giroud scored twice to set his facet on the way in which to the win.
The 22-year-old Rafael Leão arrange all three first-half objectives.
The consequence meant Milan completed two factors forward of defending champion, and metropolis rival, Inter Milan, which gained 3-0 at dwelling to Sampdoria.
The season-long duel between Milan and Inter for the Italian league got here all the way down to the ultimate day and the Rossoneri solely wanted one level to clinch its first scudetto because the 2010-11 season. It had a two-point lead over Inter and a greater head-to-head report, which is the tiebreaker.
And regardless of it being an away recreation for Milan, it had the sensation of a house match as hundreds had made the journey and the Rossoneri followers far outnumbered the Sassuolo supporters contained in the Mapei Stadium, with many extra outdoors. There was a subject invasion on the remaining whistle, delaying the trophy ceremony.
Backed by the vociferous assist, Milan had a excessive depth from the beginning and had a number of possibilities to take the lead earlier than doing so within the seventeenth minute.
Leão gained the ball again in midfield and raced down the flank earlier than chopping in from the left and rolling the ball throughout to Giroud, who slotted the ball between the legs of each Sassuolo defender Mert Müldür and goalkeeper Andrea Consigli.
Giroud has an extended historical past of scoring in important moments. His essential objectives late within the 2019-20 season helped Chelsea qualify for final season’s Champions League, and his six objectives within the competitors helped the London membership win it.
The 35-year-old Giroud has additionally scored in necessary matches this season for Milan, together with towards Inter and Napoli.
Giroud did it once more within the thirty second minute in a really related style after delivering one other cross from Leão from the left.
It was one-way site visitors and Milan all however sealed the match, and the title, 4 minutes later. This time Leão’s help got here from the correct and Franck Kessié swept it in from shut vary.
Giroud was given a standing ovation when he was substituted within the 72nd minute. Fellow veteran Zlatan Ibrahimović was introduced on and he thought he had scored in what may very well be his final membership match but it surely was dominated out for offside.