Sassuolo, Italy – AC Milan won their first Italian Serie A title in 11 years after winning 3-0 in the final in Sassuolo on Sunday, sealing a double from Olivier Giroud and a scudeto from Frank Casey.
Stefano Pioli’s side came to the final round of the fixtures because one point would be enough for them to rise above their rivals Inter Milan but the title in the 19th Serie A was never in doubt after Giroud hit the ball home in the 17th minute.
After more fine work from Rafael Liao, France’s Giroud stabbed the second goal in the 32nd minute to keep the Pioli men’s trophy in check, without the need for Inter to worry about how they were falling behind at their shared San Siro stadium.
There was no stopping Milan as Casey scored the third goal four minutes later to effectively put the game and the title race to sleep before halftime.
After the break, Emilia-Romagna had party time, with thousands of Milan fans, who obviously bought tickets among the house supporters, celebrated the whole half because their party never looked at any danger of backtracking.
The final whistle was welcomed by the club with a wild scene of celebration for those who have waited too long for Scudetto for one side of their splendor, as they finished two points above Inter, whose home win against Sampdoria was in vain.
“I don’t remember the last time we lost a game,” Pioli told DAZN. “We deserve this scudeto because we were more consistent and we won tough matches, came from behind in the derby and won twice in Rome.
“My bosses have given me exceptional confidence; If you reach this level, it is because each member has given them everything. “
Milan showed no signs of early nerves as they took the game to Sassuolo at mid-table.
Fikaio Tomori saw his header clear outside the line and Alexis Selemikars’ shot was well protected as even the in-form Brazilian Leo stole to the left and squared for Giroud at the front.
The second goal was about the perseverance and deception of Leo, who again faced a number of challenges before scoring for Giroud to score in his 11th Serie A season again.
Casey, who according to a detailed report from Italy played his last game for Milan before joining Barcelona in the off-season, then finished third to complete the task.
Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic thought icing was added to the cake with a fourth off the bench late, but Sweden’s header was ruled out for offside.
It’s a little important, with the celebration already in full swing. Even Peoli himself, who finally won his first senior trophy as a coach after 19 years, joined the fans singing “Peoli’s Fire” in the last few minutes.
Milan’s overwhelmed fans jumped on the pitch as the match drew to a close, embracing the players and staff at every opportunity, until they finally waited for another league title.
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