AC Milan’s long hunt for the Italian league title will continue for another week.
Milan defeated Atalanta 2-0 on Sunday with two second-half goals from Rafael Leo and Theo Hernández, and it now only needs one point from its final match to win its first Serie A championship since 2011.
The Rossoneri should have won the championship on Sunday, but reigning champion and arch-rival Inter Milan beat relegation-threatened Cagliari 3-1 to keep its title aspirations alive.
Milan leads Inter by two points and has a stronger head-to-head record, which is the first tiebreaker in Serie A. Milan will face Sassuolo in the last round next weekend, while Inter will host Sampdoria.
There was a tense mood at San Siro, with Milan supporters aware that their side is on the verge of breaking an 11-year drought.
However, Atalanta managed to frustrate Milan and almost grabbed the lead in the 31st minute, but Rossoneri goalkeeper Mike Maignan saved Luis Muriel’s shot.
Milan raised the speed in the second half, and supporters were on their feet nine minutes after the restart when Hernández’s free-kick seemed to have gone in but instead landed on the outside of the side netting.
They just had to wait two minutes for Leo to utilize his speed to sprint onto a pass over the top from Junior Messias, who had just come on, and slam it into the bottom left corner in the 56th minute.
And Hernández’s amazing goal 15 minutes from the time all but secured the game for Milan, who mazed his way from the fringe of his area all the way into the opponents’ area before blasting into the bottom right corner.
NOT YET OVER
Two additional goals from star scorer Lautaro Martnez kept Inter’s chances of regaining the Italian league championship alive.
Martnez’s goals came in the second half, as Inter faced a tough test at Cagliari, which was still two points from safety.
Milan Skriniar’s initial shot struck the left post before he bundled in the rebound, giving Inter an early lead. A video review, though, ruled it out for handball by the Inter defender.
The Nerazzurri took the lead in the 25th minute when Matteo Darmian outpaced his man for a looping header on a superb cross to the back post from Ivan Perisic.
On the stroke of halftime, Inter nearly increased their lead, but Martinez’s initial shot hit the post, and Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno pushed his second attempt over the bar.
Martinez scored six minutes after the interval, breaking the offside trap to sprint onto a long pass, holding off his defender, and blasting into the far bottom corner.
Cagliari equalized three minutes later, with a powerful attempt from Charalampos Lykogiannis that deflected off Skriniar.
Martinez, on the other hand, secured the victory with his second of the game and 25th of the season.
Lorenzo Insigne said goodbye to Napoli by scoring a penalty in a 3-0 victory against relegation-threatened Genoa.
It was Insigne’s last home game for Napoli, who will leave at the end of the season to join Toronto FC in Major League Soccer, and he made an emotional message to the supporters before starting.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo netted the rebound after Insigne shot his spot-kick against the post. However, owing to encroachment, it was ordered to be retaken, and Insigne hammered his second effort into the top corner.
When Insigne was replaced in the closing minutes, he received a standing ovation and completed a lap of honor after the game.
Sassuolo had previously defeated Bologna 3-1.