x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

AC Milan celebrates league title triumph with 4-1 win

An open team bus ride doesnot distract the winners of an 18th Serie A title from thrashing Cagliari.

AC Milan didn't disappoint its supporters as they celebrated the club's 18th league title before and during a 4-1 win over Cagliari.

The club secured the Italian title a week ago when they drew 0-0 away to Roma, and since then played the Italian Cup semi-final away to Palermo.

Ahead of the match, the team went on an open top bus ride through city streets thronged with supporters, before leading a procession to the San Siro.

Once at the stadium, players, their wives and children celebrated in front of the fans on the pitch wearing commemorative T-shirts.

When the match finally started, a brace from Robinho and a strike by Gennaro Gattuso gave Milan a 3-1 lead at the break before Clarence Seedorf added a fourth in the closing stages.

At full time the celebrations continued with the trophy presentation on the field in front of a capacity crown that included club president and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

"We really wanted the guys to finish well at home, in front of the fans," Milan coach Massimo Allegri said. "They all did their best and deservedly finished with a win."

Also Saturday, Lazio scored three goals in the second half to keep up their pursuit of a Champions League place with a 4-2 win over Genoa.

At the San Siro, Cagliari's Radj Nainggolan had the first effort of the match, but shot wide from long range.

Milan struggled to create chances early on, but Robinho finally opened the scoring in the 22nd minute.

The Brazilian raced in from the left wing, slalomed past three defenders and curled a shot past goalkeeper Michael Agazzi from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later, Gattuso doubled Milan's lead. Robinho played a through ball toward Alexandre Pato, but Agazzi appeared to snuff out the danger as he rushed off his line. However, he fumbled the ball and as he tried to clear it went straight to Gattuso who headed into the empty net.

Robinho doubled his tally in the 35th. Pato slipped ball to him, the Brazilian took one touch and placed a shot under Agazzi.

Cagliari pulled a goal back three minutes later when Andre Cossu cut in past Mario Yepes and shot under Milan keeper Christian Abbiati.

With the clock ticking down, Seedorf ran onto another through ball from Pato to poke home his third goal of the season and wrap the match up for Milan.