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Giroud grabs double as AC Milan claim long-awaited Serie A title

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Olivier Giroud scored twice as AC Milan ended an 11-year wait to win the Italian Serie A title with a 3-0 defeat of Sassuolo.

AC Milan only needed a point at the Mapei Stadium on the final day of the season to dethrone city rivals Inter Milan and they made it mission accomplished in style.

There were no sign of nerves from the rampant Rossoneri as the outstanding Rafael Leao set Giroud up for a double.

He also laid on the third goal for Franck Kessie in a totally one-sided first half.

Stefano Piolo’s side eased to victory in a party atmosphere in Reggio Emilia on Sunday, finishing two points clear of Inter Milan to finally claim the Scudetto once again.

AC Milan swarmed all over Sassuolo from the start, Giroud forcing a save from Andrea Consigli with a bullet header before Fikayo Tomori had an effort cleared off the line.

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The Rossoneri were totally dominant and a huge contingent of away fans erupted in the 17th minute when Leao robbed Kaan Ayhan on the halfway line.

He burst down the left before picking out Giroud, who put the ball between Consigli’s legs.

Leao was also the architect for the second goal just after the half-hour mark, dispossessing Gian Marco Ferrari and pulling back from the byline for Giroud to sweep home.

Sassuolo were unable to live with Leao and he surged down the right before laying into the path of the onrushing Kessie, who fired home brilliantly with his left foot nine minutes before half-time.

AC Milan were in complete control and there was party atmosphere as their supporters were spared final-day tension following a dream first half.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was given a great reception when he replaced Giroud 18 minutes from the end of what might be his last game for AC Milan.

The striker even had a goal ruled out for offside against Leao.

Hamed Traore rattled the post late on and that was as close as Sassuolo came to a consolation as Pioli celebrated with his players and staff on the touchline before the final whistle was blown.

Results and standings in Italian Serie A after final match day fixtures:

Friday
Torino Roma 3
Saturday
Genoa Bologna 1
Fiorentina 2 Juventus
Atalanta Empoli 1
Lazio 3 Hellas Verona 3
Sunday
Spezia Napoli 3
Inter Milan 3 Sampdoria
Sassuolo AC Milan 3
Venezia Cagliari
Salernitana Udinese 4
Team P W D L F A Pts
1 AC Milan 38 26 8 4 69 31 86
2 Inter Milan 38 25 9 4 84 32 84
3 Napoli 38 24 7 7 74 31 79
4 Juventus 38 20 10 8 57 37 70
5 Lazio 38 18 10 10 77 58 64
6 Roma 38 18 9 11 59 43 63
7 Fiorentina 38 19 5 14 59 51 62
8 Atalanta 38 16 11 11 65 48 59
9 Hellas Verona 38 14 11 13 65 59 53
10 Torino 38 13 11 14 46 41 50
11 Sassuolo 38 13 11 14 64 66 50
12 Bologna 38 12 10 16 44 55 46
13 Udinese 37 10 14 13 57 58 44
14 Empoli 38 10 11 17 50 70 41
15 Sampdoria 38 10 6 22 46 63 36
16 Spezia 38 10 6 22 41 71 36
17 Salernitana 37 7 10 20 33 74 31
18 Cagliari 37 6 11 20 34 68 29
19 Genoa 38 4 16 18 27 60 28
20 Venezia 37 6 8 23 34 69 26
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