Ghana star midfielder star midfielder Sulley Muntari scored an early minute wonder strike for AC Milan to help them beat Sassuolo 2-1 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night.
The 29-year-old hammered home a trademark powerful long range strike in the 2nd minute to open the scoring for the ils Rossoneris before Dutch international Nigel de Jong added the second close to the half-hour mark.
But Muntari and his AC Milan side missed out on a Europa League qualifying place despite seeing off Sassuolo on the final day of the Serie A season.
Sassuolo, who had Ghana World Cup stand-by player Raman Chibsah in action, had gained promotion to Serie A last summer, travelled to the San Siro in celebratory mood having secured their top-flight status last weekend.
But it was the hosts who took an early lead when Muntari drilled a 30-yard shot towards the top-left corner of goal, out of Alberto Pomini's reach.
Muntari's strike marked his 5th of the Serie A campaign in 26 appearances.
While he lasted till the 59th minute, his compatriot Michael Essien sat on the Milan bench through the game.