Internazionale took the second step toward a treble with their 1-0 win at Siena on Sunday, securing their fifth consecutive Serie A title.
Diego Milito's 57th minute goal gave the reigning champions a 1-0 lead at relegation-destined Siena, thwarting the hopes of Roma supporters who saw their team take a 2-0 win at Chievo, putting the Giallorossi in position to overtake the Nerazzurri atop the Serie A. Inter had entered the season's final match day with a two point lead over Roma, with the Rome-based club holding the tie-breaker.
Should Inter's nil-nil draw with Siena have persisted, the teams would have finished the season with 80 points each. Milito's goal - a right-footed finished from the center of the area - gave Inter the lead in a match where they had controlled much of the play. At match's end, Inter had outshot Siena 26-6, holding 73 percent of the game's possession.
The goal was the 21st of the Serie A season for Milito, placing him second in the league behind Udinese's Antonio Di Natale. Acquired this summer form Genoa, Milito has scored 45 Serie A goals over the last two years, the highest total in the league.
Inter finishes the season with 82 points, leading the league in both goals scored and fewest goals allowed, but their two point margin of victory was eight less than last season, when Juventus finished second. It was the fourth time in five years Roma finished second to Inter, the two point margin behind the thinnest in Inter's five year Serie A reign.
The last team other than Inter to win the Serie A was Juventus in 2004-05.
The scudetto was also Inter's second jewel in what they hope will be a league, cup, Europe treble. One day after Bayern Munich took the same step in winning the DFB Pokal, Inter secured its second domestic title ahead of the teams' May 22 meeting in Madrid - the UEFA Champions League final.