Italian Serie A
SassuoloSassuolo0AC MilanAC Milan3

AC Milan win Serie A title for first time in 11 years after victory at Sassuolo

AC Milan celebrate
Pioli was appointed Inter Milan manager part of the way through the 2016-17 season and was sacked at the end of the campaign

AC Milan won their 19th Serie A title but the first for 11 years by cruising to victory at Sassuolo.

Olivier Giroud scored twice with Franck Kessie also on target for the visitors.

The title triumph vindicates Milan's decision to appoint Stefano Pioli as manager in 2019 - a move that was initially unpopular with Pioli having led city rivals Inter for six months.

Inter finished two points back, a final-day 3-0 victory over Sampdoria ultimately in vain.

Napoli were third after a 3-0 win at Spezia while Juventus ended their disappointing season under Massimiliano Allegri - who won the title with Milan in 2010-11 - by finishing fourth but qualifying for next season's Champions League.

England international Fikayo Tomori was part of Milan's title-winning team in his first full season since his permanent move from Chelsea last summer.

Pioli brings back glory days but has medal stolen

Milan have suffered more than a decade of disappointment since the title for Allegri in 2011 but Italian Pioli has brought back the glory days.

Former Serie A players such as Clarence Seedorf, Filippo Inzaghi, Sinisa Mihajlovic, Vincenzo Montella and Gennaro Gattuso have all since tried and failed to revive the former European champions.

Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was part of that last Milan side that won Serie A and at the age of 40 he lifted the trophy with the club for a second time.

By winning the title, midfielder Daniel Maldini follows in the footsteps of his father Paolo Maldini, who won seven league titles with Milan, and grandfather Cesare Maldini with four.

But Pioli left the title celebrations empty-handed after having his winner's medal stolen.

"They snatched my medal in the celebrations: if you can make an appeal I thank you, it is the only one I have," he said.

Thankfully, Serie A heard his appeal and have promised to give him another medal on Monday.

Line-ups

Sassuolo

Formation 4-3-3

  • 47ConsigliSubstituted forSatalinoat 82'minutes
  • 17Müldür
  • 5Ayhan
  • 31FerrariSubstituted forPelusoat 82'minutes
  • 77KyriakopoulosBooked at 53mins
  • 16FrattesiSubstituted forTraorèat 58'minutes
  • 8LopezBooked at 37minsSubstituted forMagnanelliat 45'minutes
  • 97de Souza
  • 25BerardiSubstituted forDefrelat 67'minutes
  • 91Scamacca
  • 18Raspadori

Substitutes

  • 4Magnanelli
  • 6Oliveira da Silva
  • 10Djuricic
  • 11Ciervo
  • 13Peluso
  • 15Ceïde
  • 21Chiriches
  • 23Traorè
  • 24Satalino
  • 44Tressoldi Netto
  • 56Pegolo
  • 92Defrel

AC Milan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Maignan
  • 2Calabria
  • 20Kalulu
  • 23TomoriSubstituted forRomagnoliat 81'minutes
  • 19Hernández
  • 8TonaliBooked at 34minsSubstituted forBennacerat 45'minutes
  • 79Kessié
  • 56SaelemaekersSubstituted forFlorenziat 81'minutes
  • 33KrunicSubstituted forDíazat 73'minutes
  • 17da Conceição Leão
  • 9GiroudSubstituted forIbrahimovicat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Tatarusanu
  • 4Bennacer
  • 5Ballo-Touré
  • 10Díaz
  • 11Ibrahimovic
  • 12Rebic
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 25Florenzi
  • 30Messias
  • 41Bakayoko
  • 46Gabbia
  • 83Mirante
Referee:
Daniele Doveri
Attendance:
21,525

Match Stats

Home TeamSassuoloAway TeamAC Milan
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away12
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sassuolo 0, AC Milan 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sassuolo 0, AC Milan 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Giorgos Kyriakopoulos.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Francesco Magnanelli (Sassuolo) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gregoire Defrel.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Davide Calabria (AC Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Franck Kessié.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Giorgos Kyriakopoulos (Sassuolo) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matheus Henrique.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hamed Traorè (Sassuolo) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gregoire Defrel.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Hamed Traorè (Sassuolo) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mert Müldür (Sassuolo) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matheus Henrique.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Francesco Magnanelli (Sassuolo).

  11. Post update

    Brahim Díaz (AC Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Francesco Magnanelli (Sassuolo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Franck Kessié (AC Milan).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Sassuolo. Giacomo Satalino replaces Andrea Consigli.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sassuolo. Federico Peluso replaces Gian Marco Ferrari.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, AC Milan. Alessio Romagnoli replaces Fikayo Tomori.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, AC Milan. Alessandro Florenzi replaces Alexis Saelemaekers.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Matheus Henrique (Sassuolo).

  19. Post update

    Franck Kessié (AC Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Francesco Magnanelli (Sassuolo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 22nd May 2022

  • SassuoloSassuolo0AC MilanAC Milan3
  • SpeziaSpezia0NapoliNapoli3
  • Inter MilanInter Milan3SampdoriaSampdoria0
  • SalernitanaSalernitana0UdineseUdinese4
  • VeneziaVenezia0CagliariCagliari0

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1AC Milan38268469313886
2Inter Milan38259484325284
3Napoli38247774314379
4Juventus382010857372070
5Lazio3818101077581964
6Roma381891159431663
7Fiorentina38195145951862
8Atalanta3816111165481759
9Hellas Verona381411136559653
10Torino381311144641550
11Sassuolo381311146466-250
12Udinese381114136158347
13Bologna381210164455-1146
14Empoli381011175070-2041
15Sampdoria38106224663-1736
16Spezia38106224171-3036
17Salernitana38710213378-4531
18Cagliari38612203468-3430
19Genoa38416182760-3328
20Venezia3869233469-3527
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