AC Milan are Serie A champions again for the first time in eleven years. Milan secured the Italian championship title with a comfortable 3-0 (3-0) win at US Sassuolo on the last day of the game.
Led by double goal scorer Olivier Giroud and three-time goal preparer Rafael Leao, coach Stefano Pioli’s team put a splendid end to a strong season on Sunday and could not be overtaken by Inter Milan.
The city rivals won the parallel game at home against Sampdoria Genoa 3-0 (0-0). In the end, the defending champions were two points fewer than Milan, who clinched their 19th league title and drew level with Inter; Record champion is Juventus Turin (36).
AC Milan had last triumphed in 2011 in the A series.
In the stadium in Sassuolo, which was almost completely filled with Milan fans, the guests made the preliminary decision early on: veteran Giroud scored a brace (17th/32nd minute), Franck Kessie scored the third goal (36th).
Leao, one of the most exciting players of this Serie A season, prepared all three goals. A header hit by substitute Zlatan Ibrahimovic in what was possibly his last professional game was disallowed after video evidence.
After the 2011 championship, Milan slipped into the mediocrity of Serie A and even missed out on the European Cup for three years. Coach Pioli was the first to bring the red-blacks back into the Champions League and now to the top in Italy – the coach came close to being replaced by Ralf Rangnick in 2020.
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