Though it was meaningless in terms of the Serie A table, Milan's season finale against Novara was an emotional one. Alessandro Nesta, Rino Gattuso, Pippo Inzaghi and Clarence Seedorf all announced they would be leaving the club at the end of the season prior to the match, forcing Milan to finally let go of their aging favorites all at once.
Before kickoff, many of the players were in tears as the departing legends were honored, put it wasn't until the 82nd minute when Inzaghi proved the most fitting of send-offs. On the receiving end of a lovely long ball from Seedorf, Inzaghi fired a shot over the Novara keeper and into the top of the net to score the goal that gave Milan a 2-1 win. It was Inzaghi's 300th appearance for Milan and his first goal of this season. And it was the perfect way to end his 11 years with the club. Well, it would've been more perfect if he was actually offside when he scored, but we can't be that picky.
Here are some photos from the day...
UPDATE: As you might imagine, Pippo's goal was just too much for Tiziano Crudeli to handle...
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