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Portuguese striker Rafael Leao paved the way for his Milan team to win the Italian league title for the first time since 2011, scoring the winning goal against Fiorentina 1-0 in deadly time on Sunday at the “San Siro” in his thirties. -Fifth stage.
And coach Stefano Pioli’s side appeared to settle for a goalless draw, thereby jeopardizing Bologna’s midweek gift of defeating arch-rivals defending champions Inter 2-1 in the “famous postponed match of the twentieth stage.
But Liao delivered his speech in the 82nd minute, after a gift from the guest goalkeeper, which gave the Rossoneri the 77th point lead, five points ahead of Inter, who then beat Udinese in a fateful match for the team from Simone Inzaghi, because any setback would complicate her mission to retain the title.
“The team played well and fought fiercely against a team that caused us problems. Fiorentina were dangerous, but we went one step further for ourselves and for our wonderful fans,” Pioli said after the match.
For many weeks there has been talk of this postponed 20th leg match between reigning champions Inter and hosts Bologna, and the role it will play in determining the identity of the hero, the last three if Inter beat Udinese.
The matter is now in the hands of Milan, who will be looking to win their remaining three matches without looking at what Inter will achieve, and even need two wins and a draw to settle their first title since 2011, even if Inter won all four of their matches. , the result of the difference in the two direct confrontations, which is of interest to Pioli’s team.
After receiving Fiorentina before being invited by Verona, Milan will return to the “San Siro” to meet Atalanta and conclude the season in the land of Sassuolo.
For their part, Inter, after traveling to Udine, will host Empoli and then visit Cagliari, and will end the season at home against Sampdoria, knowing that they play before the last two legs of the Italian Cup final against the Juventus on May 11 in his search. for double local.
Milan faced their guest Fiorentina at the right time, because the ‘Viola’ has been suffering lately, which is a solution for ‘San Siro’ in the context of three consecutive defeats against Juventus 0-2 in the second leg of the Cup semi-final, Salernitana 1-2 then Udinese at home It was 0-4 in the last two legs, before adding another loss on Sunday at the hands of Liao and Milan.
After the first half ended negatively, Pioli tried to reinvigorate his team by introducing Croatian Ante Rebic and Bosnian Rady Krunic in place of Brazilian Junior Messias and Spaniard Ibrahim Dias, respectively (56), without changing the result. , which prompted him to throw the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic instead of the French Olivier Jiro «67».
But the goal would have come from the opposite side, were it not for the brilliance of French goalkeeper Mike Magnan against the header of Brazilian Arthur Cabral «76».
With the last ten minutes approaching, Pioli turned to Algerian Ismail bin Nasser to the detriment of Ivorian Frank Casey, and the replacement came soon after, thanks to a gift from Fiorentina goalkeeper Pietro Terracano, who scattered the ball directly towards Liao. , who overtook her before kicking her into the net (82), bursting with joy in the ‘San Siro’ stands.
Leao became, according to statistics, “Opta”, the fifth Portuguese player to score 10 goals or more in the Italian league after Beto, Rui Costa, Rui Baros and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the only one to reach 10 goals before his twenty-third. birthday.
Pioli said that Liao’s goal “lifted a big weight off us, we kept the same mentality and continue to work as a team, there will always be tension in games like this, we are competing for a very important goal, that’s why we all feel that energy, and it becomes more difficult to keep them with progression “in the season”.
Veteran Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci scored a brace for his team, which beat Venezia 2-1, and is about to officially qualify for the Champions League next season.
And Juventus raised their score to 69 points in fourth place.
Bonucci gave himself the best present for his 35th birthday when he opened the scoring with a header after 7 minutes, but Venezia equalized with a long-range shot from Mattia Aramo (71), and Bonucci once again had the last word when scoring the goal. Winning goal in the 75th minute.
Juventus have only lost once in their last nine matches, and that happened against Inter 0-1 in early April.

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