AC Milan won their first Serie A title in 11 years with a 3-0 final-day victory over Sassuolo on Sunday, thanks to a double from Olivier Giroud and a goal from Franck Kessie.
Stefano Pioli’s team knew a point would be enough to finish first ahead of rivals Inter Milan in the last round of matches, but after Giroud scored in the 17th minute, a 19th Serie A title never looked in doubt.
After further superb work from Rafael Leao, Frenchman Giroud stabbed home a second in the 32nd minute to put Pioli’s team on pace for the trophy, without having to worry about how Inter were doing back at their shared San Siro stadium.
Milan showed no mercy, as Kessie tucked home a third four minutes later to virtually ending the game and title chase before halftime.
After the break, it was party time in Emilia-Romagna, with thousands of Milan fans, who had plainly purchased tickets among the home fans, celebrating throughout the half as their team never looked like falling behind.
Inter Milan defeated Sampdoria 3-0 in their final game to finish as runners-up under Simone Inzaghi.
As news of Milan’s goals at Sassuolo spread, Inter fans at the San Siro wore a solemn expression as stillness descended over the historic stadium, despite their team urgently attempting to break past Sampdoria’s defense.
However, the fans rediscovered its voice after the restart, and Inter promptly scored when Nicolo Barella found Ivan Perisic in the box, and the Croatian shot home.
Joaquin Correa then scored twice in two minutes for Inter.
On Saturday, Juventus finished a miserable season by losing 2-0 against Fiorentina, with the hosts claiming a spot in next season’s Europa Conference League with the win.
Fiorentina finished seventh, ensuring a return to continental competition for next season, while Juventus ended fourth with 70 points, their lowest Serie A points return since 2010-11.