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05-08-2011, 06:48 PM #1
AC Milan clinch 18th Serie A titleAC Milan ended five years of dominance by city rival Inter Milan after clinching the Serie A title on Saturday with a heated 0-0 draw at Roma.
Milan leads Inter by nine points and is 10 in front of Napoli. While Inter could still mathematically finish even on points, Milan holds the tiebreaker courtesy of its two derby wins.
The closest either side came to scoring was a shot by Milan striker Robinho that bounced off the post one minute into the second half.
Inter won the last five Italian league titles, while Milan's last championship came in 2004.
Milan and Inter are tied with 18 titles each, while Juventus leads the all-time list with 27 championships.
After the final whistle, Milan began a champagne celebration on the pitch and threw first-year manager Massimiliano Allegri up into the air.
"They said we were dead, they said I was finished. Winning after seven years is a huge emotion," said veteran midfielder Gennaro Gattuso. "Allegri deserves a 10 — he was the artifice behind this success, he was able to keep the group together."
The 80,000-seat Stadio Olimpico was full and contained 10,000 Milan fans. Milan fans celebrated by lighting smoke in the colors of Italy's flag, and club vice president Adriano Galliani joined the players on the pitch.
Milan president and Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi wasn't in attendance, but his daughter Barbara, who was recently added to the club's board of directors and is in a relationship with striker Alexandre Pato, also came down to congratulate the players, and kissed the Brazilian.
"This is a great moment, coming after seven years," said Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf. "This group will grow a lot after this victory. Now we want to bring the Italian Cup home, too."
Milan won't get to celebrate before its home fans until hosting Cagliari next Saturday. The club will remain in Rome to train ahead of the second leg in the Italian Cup semifinals at Palermo on Tuesday....being a human...