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Milan win Serie A after 11 years

ItalyA 3-0 victory at Sassuolo Stadium in round 38 on the evening of May 22 helped Milan keep a two-point gap with Inter to win Serie A in the 2021-2022 season.

This win helps Milan finished first with 86 points, while Inter – the champions last season – finished second with 84 points. This is the first time Milan have won the scudetto since the 2010-2011 season, when they scored 82 points – six more than Inter themselves. Milan also quenched their thirst for titles lasting 1976, since defeating Juventus in the Italian Super Cup match on December 23, 2016 in Doha, Qatar, and Stefano Pioli won the first title in his coaching career.

Giroud celebrates the goal to double the score 2-0 for Milan against Sassuolo on May 22.  Photo: Lapresse

Giroud celebrates the goal to double the score 2-0 for Milan against Sassuolo on May 22. Image: Lapresse

Marching to Mapei Stadium, Milan only needs a draw to be sure of the championship when they are two points higher than Inter and the head-to-head record. More than 18,000 Milan fans have come to the city of Reggio Emilia, helping Stefano Pioli’s teachers and students like playing at home.

In the first ten minutes, Milan missed up to three chances. Olivier Giroud and Alexis Saelemaekers’ shot from close range failed to beat goalkeeper Andrea Consigli, while Rafael Leao’s shot from inside the box was saved by Gian Marco Ferrari.

The difference came in the 17th minute, when Leao sped past Kaan Ayhan and then stretched for Giroud to finish his left foot through Consigli’s legs. In the 32nd minute, Milan doubled the gap according to the same scenario. This time, Leao overcame Ferrari and created Giroud to kick into the empty net. The French striker has 11 goals and three assists in Serie A this season. Giroud – 35 years 234 days – became the oldest player to reach ten goals in his first season in Serie A.

Milan decided the match in the 35th minute. Leao completed a hat-trick of assists when he released the reverse to let Franck Kessie finish the left foot into the home net. Kessie’s contract with Milan expires next month, and will join Barca on a free basis, according to transfer experts Fabrizio Romano.

In the second half, Milan played in moderation and waited for the referee’s final whistle. They found Sassuolo’s net for the fourth time thanks to .’s header Zlatan Ibrahimovicbut the goal was disallowed for offside.

At the same time match, Inter crushed Sampdoria 3-0 thanks to Ivan Perisic and Joaquin Correa’s brace. But that was not enough for Inter to defend the title at Giuseppe Meazza. However, coach Simone Inzaghi said that Inter still had a successful season, with a double domestic title of the Italian Super Cup and the Italian Cup.

Milan, Inter, Napoli and Juventus will attend next season’s Champions League. Lazio and Roma will compete in the Europa League, while Fiorentina will compete in the Europa Conference League. Meanwhile, the relegation race will end tonight May 23, when Cagliari is a guest of Venice and Salernitana receives Udinese. Cagliari is in 18th place with 29 points, two points behind Salernitana, while Genoa and Venezia have been relegated.

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