Brilliant for an hour of play, Milan gritted their teeth at the end of the match to win a generally exciting derby (3-2).
AC Milan 3-2 Inter
Goals: Leao (28e60e), Giroud (54e) for Milan // Brozović (21e), Dzeko (67e) for Inter
You have to believe that Stefano Pioli has a sense of showmanship. Dominated in the last half hour, his Milan will never have ceased to aim for one thing: to play his game, mobile, offensive, daring. Quite the opposite of Inter, who waited for the last third of the match to rise to the occasion. He should have shaken his butt earlier. Five goals and a mad show later, those are the Rossoneri who will logically have won.
Big pressing, Brozo’ and Leão
To fully experience a derby, it is better to know how to identify where it is likely to heat up the most. This Saturday, the pot is bubbling first on the side of Dumfries and Théo Hernández, who take the beak from the outset. The fight promises to be tough, but also technically raised. With his furious pressing, Milan blocked the outflow of blue and black balls, in particular by reducing the influence of Brozović in the middle. But Inter know how to adapt: Barella takes the game more on his own, while Correa then Lautaro gladly put his hand to the paw in the midfield. After a remarkable game in pivot of the second, the former Laziale serves deep Brozović, who beats Maignan with a placed flat foot. Insufficient, however, to disgust the diavolo. Conquerors, the Red and Black continue to asphyxiate the opponent. Enough to make Çalhanoğlu lose the ball, who harvests a pass that ends up in the skilful feet of Tonali. The Italian fixes the defense, then serves Leão, who equalizes with an unstoppable shot from the left. A logical pawn: more aggressive and skilful collectively, Milan then gets new clear chances, through Giroud and Tonali.
Far too passive in the first act, Inter oddly did not change much afterwards. All-cooked for the Leão-Giroud duo, who can do almost what they want with an opposing defense completely in the doldrums. Yet surrounded by three players, the Portuguese can center for the Frenchman, who takes advantage of a gross marking fault by De Vrij to conclude with a cross shot, a little crushed. Completely dropped, Inter continues to sink, and Rafael Leão will happily press his head under water. Badly framed by Bastoni, well helped by a once again ectoplasmic De Vrij in the one-on-one, the winger rossonero has fun in the surface and once again adjusts Handanovič. End of game? No way. Inter find canes when Edin Džeko points his silver fox muzzle. At the conclusion of a superb movement initiated by Mkhitaryan and relayed by Darmian, the Bosnian assassinates Maignan from close range. Like magic, the Interisti finally take their block up a notch, redouble their intensity and take by the throat a diavolo who spends the last quarter of an hour with the shield raised. If the Nerazzurri had faced a normal goalkeeper, maybe they could have equalized. Only here: Mike Maignan is the goalkeeper of AC Milan and pulls out two monstrous parades to get out a header from Lautaro Martinez, then a supersonic strike from Çalhanoğlu. Incredible, like a match that will have enjoyed just about everyone. Especially the tifosi of Milan, whose club is now ahead of the eternal rival in the standings interista.
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Maignan – Calabria (Kjaer, 84e), Kalulu, Tomori, Hernández – Tonali (Pobega, 84e), Bennacer – Messias (Saelemaekers, 72e), De Ketelaere (Diaz, 63e), Leão-Giroud (Origi, 79e).Coach : Stefano Pioli.
Inter (3-5-2): Handanovič – Škriniar, De Vrij (D’Ambrosio, 84e), Bastoni (Dimarco, 64e) – Dumfries, Barella (Mkhitaryan, 63e), Brozović, Çalhanoğlu, Darmian (Gosens, 84e) – Correa (Džeko, 64e), Lautaro. Coach : Simone Inzaghi.
By Adrien Candeau