Serie A – AC Milan regains the lead at Inter by beating Hellas Verona

AC Milan had to respond to the pressure put by Inter, it is now done. On behalf of the thirty-sixth day of Serie A 2021-2022, the Rossoneri regained the lead in the championship thanks to their success acquired on the lawn of Hellas Verona (3-1). Led in the score, the Lombard collective did not doubt for long and could count on an increasingly decisive Rafael Leão in this thrilling end to the season. Two days before the end of the championship, Milan replaced Inter at two points and could even allow themselves a draw on the last two meetings to win the Scudetto.

Before treading the lawn of the Marcantonio-Bentegodi stadium, the Milanese did not have history on their side to win in this perilous trip. And for good reason: throughout its history, AC Milan has never won three consecutive times in the league on the lawn of Hellas Verona. Also, the Lombards had already experienced two disappointments in the past, losing the Scudetto on the lawn of Hellas in 1973 and 1990.

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Yes but now, AC Milan could also count on its series of thirteen consecutive games without defeat in the league. And in fact, it turned out to be true: Milan has the shoulders to get this title of champion awaited for eleven years. Of course, not everything was perfect. Sandro Tonali thought to open the scoring at the start of the match, but his goal was invalidated by the VAR for an offside position (14th). Behind, Verona was more clinical thanks to a victorious header from captain Davide Faraoni (38th, 1-0).

Trailing, AC Milan got frustrated at first, but Leão was in too sparkling form not to hand victory to his team. Twice, the Portuguese international put Faraoni and Nicolò Casale to the test to offer a first goal to Sandro Tonali just before the break (45th + 3, 1-1), then a double just after the return from the locker room (49th, 1-2). This is enough to celebrate his twenty-second birthday with dignity for the Italian international. By reversing the dynamic of the meeting, Leão confirmed his decisive role in this final sprint, he who had already given victory to his team last weekend against Fiorentina.

Unable to come back to the score, Hellas Verona conceded a logical third goal. Leão could have afforded it without a reflex save from Lorenzo Montipò (65th), but it was ultimately Alessandro Florenzi who killed the suspense with an unstoppable crossfire (86th, 1-3). From now on, AC Milan only needs four points to be officially champion of Italy.

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