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The Italian league title extends its arms to Inter Milan after their 2-0 success on Saturday on the lawn of the last Crotone during the 34th day of Serie A, in which AC Milan temporarily took second place by beating Benevento 2-0 at San Siro.
If Atalanta Bergamo, 3rd at 14 points, does not win Sunday (3 p.m. / 1 p.m. GMT) on the lawn of Sassuolo (8th), the Interists will win their 19th scudetto.
After a first period where Antonio Conte’s men found the amounts twice against the Calabrians, it was Christian Eriksen, who had just entered the game, who delivered the Milanese twenty minutes from the end (1-0, 69th) . The Dane concluded, with an uncontrolled strike, a very nice collective movement, notably involving another entrant, Alexis Sanchez.
This is only Eriksen’s second league goal this season, but it comes at the best time to take the Nerazzurri one step further on the title path. A coronation that would end the reign of Juventus (9 consecutive titles).
Romelu Lukalu thought he doubled the bet and scored his 22nd Serie A goal, but it was canceled by the referee due to an offside position by Ivan Perisic, passer for the Belgian striker.
It was finally the Moroccan Achraf Hakimi who definitively sealed the match after a counter (2-0, 90 2).
If Atalanta wins in Sassuolo, Inter will have to wait until next Saturday and the reception of Sampdoria to validate their title.
In the evening, AC Milan, who remained on a stinging defeat against Lazio (3-0), relaunched himself in the very close race to the Champions League after his 2-0 home success against the poorly classified Benevento (18th), coached by Filippo Inzaghi.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s teammates, back from injury, quickly took the advantage thanks to Hakan Calhanoglu, (1-0, 6th). Ibrahimovic had the ball 2-0 just before the break, but his strike was dismissed by the opposing keeper. In the second period, a shot from the Swede was again rejected, but the French Theo Hernandez, in ambush, ended up registering this second Milan goal (2-0, 60th), his fifth personal this season.
With 69 points, Stefano Pioli’s players are temporarily up from 5th to 2nd place, before Atalanta’s move to Sassuolo.
The Rossoneri put pressure on the other candidates for C1 that are Naples (4th) and Juventus (5th), both 66 points. The Neapolitans receive Cagliari (17th) on Sunday while the Turinese go to Udine (11th). Lazio (6th), which hosts Genoa, is five points from fourth place, but the Romans are one game late.