AC Milan 2-0 Atalanta: Rossoneri take a giant stride towards first Scudetto in 11 years with assured victory at home… but Inter Milan make them wait with a victory of their own away at strugglers Cagliari
- Goals from Rafael Leao and Theo Hernandez set AC Milan on their way to win
- Inter Milan win at Cagliari to send the title race to the final day in exciting finish
- Stefano Pioli’s side have not lost in the league since January, a run of 14 games
AC Milan took a giant stride towards their first Scudetto since the 2010/11 season with an assured victory at home to Atalanta.
Having not lost in the league since January, and with Inter Milan having recently slipped up disastrously away at Bologna, Milan have had the title in their grasp for a number of weeks.
With a few nerves beginning to settle in around the San Siro after Milan went in at the break drawing 0-0 with a resolute Atalanta side, the deadlock was finally broken around 10 minutes into the second period.
The AC Milan players mob Theo Hernandez after his stunning solo effort
Rafael Leao had given the Rossoneri the lead in the second half after a cagey start
The Portuguese celebrates by cupping his ears to the Milan crowd after his opening goal
Junior Messias’s lofted ball over the top of Atalanta’s high defensive line to set Rafael Leao bearing down on goal bore fruit and the famous old ground could breathe a sigh of relief.
With Atalanta holding their own and at times pinning Milan back, Theo Hernandez stepped up and delivered for Milan.
Picking the ball up on the edge of his own area, Hernandez had options but decided to go himself. Darting past one Atalanta defender, the space began to open up and the Frenchman duly accepted the invitation to simply carry on running.
Theo Hernandez looks to the stands and takes in the adulation after his solo effort
Fikayo Tomori (right) fist pumps and screams in the direction of the Milan fans after Theo Hernandez scores the second
His athleticism appeared to be something that Atalanta could not deal with and his surge through a vacant midfield saw him swiftly approach the edge of his opposition area.
Cutting back leftwards, he darted across the back three of Marten De Roon, Jose Palomino and Berat Djimsiti before calmly slotting the ball past a helpless Juan Musso.
It would not prove to be the goal that settled the title, with Inter running out 3-1 winners at Cagliari thanks to a brace from Lautaro Martinez.
The result means that the title race will go down to the final day. Inter will host Sampdoria while Milan travel to Sassuolo in what promises to be an exciting finish to one of the best Serie A seasons in recent memory.