Milan on brink of first Serie A title since 2011

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Theo Hernandez’s magnificent goal secured AC Milan’s victory over Atalanta and put them on the verge of winning their first Serie A championship in 11 years.

The French left-solo back’s run and goal ignited wild celebrations at the noisy San Siro, where Rafael Leao had earlier put the home team in front.

Stefano Piloi’s squad is now undefeated in their past 15 league matches.

Inter is five points adrift and will play Cagliari in their penultimate game on Sunday.

Milan had originally struggled to break through a well-organized Atalanta squad vying for a place in Europe during a tense match.

 

However, the substitution of Junior Messias in the second half immediately paid benefits.

The Brazilian’s second touch sent Leao through on goal, and the Portugal forward smashed a shot past goalkeeper Juan Musso’s legs to give Milan the lead.

Hernandez’s magnificent goal calmed the home side’s jitters and shifted the focus to city rivals and defending champions Inter.

Milan may still win the Scudetto if Sassuolo and Milan draw on the last day of the title race, May 22. Inter will face Sampdoria on the same day.

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