Serie A: AC Milan crowned as champions for the first time since 2011

On Sunday, AC Milan won their first Serie A championship in 11 years, defeating Sassuolo 3-0 to dethrone local rivals Inter Milan.

Milan brushed aside their hosts in front of an army of away supporters at the Mapei Stadium, needing only a point to clinch the Scudetto.

Milan finished two points ahead of Inter, who defeated Sampdoria 3-0 at the San Siro.

Fans celebrated in Milan and surged onto the field in Reggio Emilia as the ‘Rossoneri’ reclaimed the top spot in the Italian game after years of mediocre squads and financial issues since their last league title in 2011.

Pioli’s team were dominant in winning their sixth match in a row and sealing a championship that looked like Inter’s for most of the season.

They were aided by a hat-trick of assists from Rafale Leao, an intriguing winger who has matured this season and is apparently a summer target for Paris Saint-Germain.

Olivier Giroud

Giroud has scored some of the most critical goals in Milan’s championship run, and he demonstrated why he is the man for the big event in the 17th minute.

Milan had previously come close via France’s striker, Rafael Leao, and Alexis Saelemaekers when Giroud was in the right position at the right time to sweep Leao’s low ball through Andrea Consigli’s legs and send the throngs of Milan supporters crazy.

Sassuolo quickly crumbled in the face of a Milan attack, nearly handing Giroud the opportunity to net an almost similar second soon after the half-hour mark.

Leao was the provider once again, this time stripping Gian Marco Ferrari of the ball before sliding another low pass across for Giroud, who blasted home his 12th of the season and made it party time in the stands.

And it was another blunder by a Sassuolo player four minutes later that enabled Milan to relax and enjoy the celebrations that were erupting around them.

This time, Rade Krunic robbed Maxime Lopez, with Leao sprinting down the right and cutting back for Kessie, who slammed in the third to sign out in style ahead of his departure to Barcelona as a free agent in the offseason.

The second half was devoted to Milan celebrations, and despite some spirited Sassuolo play, it was just a matter of time until the away team won the championship for the 19th time.

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