AC Milan clinched their first Serie A title in 11 years on Sunday after beating Sassuolo 3-0 to snatch the crown from local rivals Inter Milan.
Needing just a point to claim, Scudetto Milan swept away the hosts with a brace from Olivier Giroud and another from Franck Kessie in the first half in front of an army of away fans at the Mapei Stadium .
Stefano Pioli’s Milan finished two points clear of Inter, who beat Sampdoria 3-0 at the San Siro.
Fans celebrated in Milan and poured onto the pitch in Reggio Emilia as the ‘Rossoneri’ returned to the top of the Italian game after years of poor teams and financial troubles since their last league title in 2011.
Pioli’s side were imperious in winning their sixth game on the rebound and securing a title that for long stretches of the season locked in like Inter’s to lose.
They were helped by a hat-trick of assists from thrilling winger Rafale Leao, who has come of age this season and is believed to be a summer target for Paris Saint-Germain.
Giroud scored some of the most important goals in Milan’s title charge and again showed why he was the man for the big chance in the 17th minute.
Milan had already been narrowly passed by French striker, Rafael Leao and Alexis Saelemaekers when Giroud was in the right place at the right time to sweep Leao’s low pass into Andrea Consigli’s legs and send the massive ranks of Milan fans into delirium.
Sassuolo immediately faded against a Milan onslaught and practically gave Giroud the chance to score an almost identical second just after the half-hour mark.
Leao was the provider again, this time stealing the ball from Gian Marco Ferrari before throwing another low pass for Giroud, who scored his 12th of the season and celebrated in the stands.
And it was another bad mistake from a Sassuolo player four minutes later that allowed Milan to relax and enjoy the celebrations starting around them.
This time it was Maxime Lopez who was robbed by Rade Krunic, with Leao this time bursting down the right and cutting for Kessie, who broke the third to sign in perfect fashion ahead of his move to Barcelona as a free agent in the close season.
The second half was all about Milan celebrations and despite fiery play from Sassuolo, it was only a matter of time before the visiting team sealed the title for the 19th time.