Strong Master! Milan runs against the first Scudetto

AC Milan have finally left the deep valley. After eleven long years in which Rossoneri has sunk into the gray midfield of Serie A, the proud club is back at the top.

Back at the top of Serie A after eleven years: Olivier Giroud & Co. celebrates the Scudetto in Sassuolo.
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The starting position was clear: If they won a point at Sassuolo Calcio, the reigning champions and city rivals Inter (against Sampdoria) could do nothing against Milan. And it is precisely this credo that the success coach Stefano Pioli’s men followed, because players like the ubiquitous Rafael Leao, the goal player Giroud or the fine idea generator Tonali built up enormous pressure.

From the first minute of, the local Neroverdi did not really know what was going to happen to them on this 38th match day. The pressure was there in every scene, so Sassuolo kept making bad mistakes. One of them happened to the former Frankfurt, Schalke and Düsseldorf player Ayhan in the 17th minute: Rafael Leao thanked him, served Giroud – and with a little luck, the 35-year-old veteran tunneled both opponent Lopez and goalkeeper Consigli with his degree . .

1-0 was like a breaststroke – also for the loud and numerous Milanisti who traveled to Emilia-Romagna. From then on, Milan only pressed even harder on the accelerator. It was too much for Ferrari, who made the mistake this time. Rafael Leao had to be released again, Giroud received another pass and the door rang again – 2-0 to the almost certain champions (32nd).

A simple offensive dance

Although nothing came of the hosts this afternoon other than an Ayhan header (30th) and a treacherous Berardi ball including Frattesi extension (43rd, Maignan made a strong save), the Lombards continued to shoot smoothly. It was thanks to 35-year-old American goalkeeper Consigli that the score was not 4-0, 5-0, 6-0 or even 7-0 at the break.

0: 3 but that was because Rafael Leao really could not be controlled. The Portuguese did what he wanted – almost everything worked. Also his third assist in this match, this time to Kessié, who shot cold and beautiful under the crossbar and scored the third goal (36 ‘).

Pioli, “Ibra” & Co. celebrating their return to the throne

The fair was read with what the other 45 minutes degenerated into just a show run in the direction of the title transfer. The Lombards managed 3-0 calmly, while the local Neroverdi did not come out much.

Stefano Pioli has guided Milan back to the Italian championship.

Champion builder of this great success: Stefano Pioli led Milan back to the Italian championship.
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Around 19.55 this Sunday (May 22) the time had come – and Rossoneri were again the Italian champions after eleven years. The party could begin, Pioli hugged all his protégés a lot. The fans freaked out with joy, stormed the grass at the host Sassuolo’s foreign stadium, took pictures, hugged the players, made simply beautiful pictures – and in the middle of it all came Ibrahimovic, who came in as a substitute in the second half and has scored eight goals again in this season, celebrated the contribution. It’s a shame from his point of view: A headed goal for 4-0 was not recognized because it was offside (78 ‘).

goals and maps

0: 1Giroud (17 ‘)

0: 2Giroud (32 ‘)

0: 3Kessie (36 ‘)

Sassuolo Calcio


AC Milan


referee team

Daniele Doveri

Daniele Doveri

game info

Incidentally, it is not yet clear whether it was the last game in “Ibrakadabra’s long and successful career”. The contract with the Swede, who can also imagine a position in the Milan management after the end of his career, is about to expire. However, it is very possible that the 40-year veteran and valued teammate will add another year with his leadership strength.

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