ItalyLowering Atalanta 2-0 in the 37th round of Serie A on May 15, Milan held the top with two points more than Inter before the closing round.

The Serie A championship race only ended in the last round on May 22, when Milan was Sassuolo’s guest, and Inter received Sampdoria. Milan is slightly better than Inter in terms of head-to-head record, drawing 1-1 in phase one and winning 2-1 in phase two. In Serie A, if two teams are equal on points, the head-to-head record is the first criterion to be considered. Therefore, Milan only needs one point ahead of Sassuolo to win the scudetto for the first time since the 2010-2011 season.

Milan’s Rafael Leao overcomes Atalanta defender Teun Koopmeiners in the match at the San Siro on May 15. Image: Reuters

Meanwhile, Inter only defended the title if they beat Sampdoria, while Milan lost to Sassuolo in the match at the same time. This season, Simone Inzaghi’s army won the Italian Super Cup and the Italian Cup, when both defeated Juventus in extra time.

In the last match at San Siro, Milan succeeded with pragmatic play. They only held the ball 45%, but hit the target six times, three times more than Atalanta. After the first 45 minutes did not create many opportunities, the host accelerated in the second half.

In the 56th minute, Junior Messias dropped the ball for Rafael Leao to quickly penetrate the penalty area and then finish through the feet of goalkeeper Juan Musso. The Portuguese striker opened fire for the first time in three consecutive Serie A matches at home, after winning Fiorentina 1-0 and Genoa 2-0.

Milan 2-0 Atalanta

Main developments of the Milan 2-0 Atalanta match on May 15.

The match was decided in the 75th minute with a super product by Theo Hernandez. The French defender led the ball from the edge of the home box, quickly eliminated five Atalanta players and then shot diagonally in the opponent’s penalty area to make the score 2-0. This solo phase of Hernandez will be a strong candidate for the title of the best goal in Serie A season 2021-2022.

A few hours later, Inter won 3-1 at Cagliari to raise hopes of winning the Scudetto. Lautaro Martinez’s double and Matteo Darmian’s header helped the visitors win all three points. Meanwhile, Cagliari’s only goal was scored by midfielder Charalambos Kyriakou.

Cagliari 1-3 Inter

Cagliari 1-3 Inter progress.

Inter won 39 points away from Serie A this season, equal to last year, and the third best in history, after 49 points in 2006/2007 season and 43 points in 2019/2020 season.

At the bottom of the table, Venezia and Genoa are definitely relegated. The relegation ticket is only a race between Cagliari (29 points) and Salernitana (31). In the last leg, Cagliari was the guest of the bottom of the table Venice, and Salernitana returned to the home ground to receive Udinese.

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