Inter defeated AC Milan in Derby Della Madonnina after coming back from a two-goal deficit at the halftime. The final result was 4-2 for Nerazzurri, who are back in the title race following this match.
Antonio Conte’s guys were down 0-2 following the first 45 minutes. They looked lost, disorganized and ready to be defeated. It seems that Juventus’ loss the night before, put a lot of pressure on Inter. They were in the position to catch up the Old Lady with three points from this contest, and made this Serie A championship very exciting.
“We played with a different level of intensity after the break and in the end we deserved it. The first half was tough for us, but everyone in the stadium saw the mentality of this Inter, our refusal to give up and our desire to win,” said Romelu Lukaku.
This was the second time in history for Inter to defeat Milan when losing two goals at the halftime. It was a truly magnificent performance of the hosts, whose fans can say that their team won the last Derby Della Madonnina at the old Giuseppe Meazza or San Siro stadium.
Although the bookmakers saw Inter as a massive favorite in this one, it was Milan who looked more inspired and motivated. Rossoneri started the match courageously and imposed their own tempo, seizing the control of the flow.
Milan’s left side, where Theo Hernandez and Ante Rebic killed the rivals, was a massive problem for Antonio Conte’s side. Each time one of these two players headed upfronts, there was a mess in front of Inter’s goal. Stefano Pioli’s guys had hit the post early on, fired a couple of more shots, and controlled the situation.
In the last minutes, we’ve seen a blitzkrieg of the nominal guests. At first, Rebic scored a goal on Ibrahimovic’s assist, and immediately after that, the Swedish international netted himself.
The first of Milan’s goals came following Daniele Padelli’s big mistake. The goalkeeper who replaced the starter Samir Handanovic misjudged the flight of the ball, and Ibrahimovic used that to set up a goal for Rebic. It was the 40th minute of the match.
Ibra scored his goal in the first minute of the stoppage time, following a corner, which saw him on the far post alone, from where he routinely executed. With 38 and 129 days, he became the oldest scorer in this derby.
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And then came the madness in just three minutes, when Inter erased the deficit and knocked out the biggest rival.
It was the 51st minute when Marcelo Brozovic sent a volley from some 19 yards, following one deflected shot. His shot went through the sea of legs in the box, and stuck Donnarumma’s net. Just two minutes later, Matias Vecino leveled the result after Alexis Sanches beautifully avoided the offside trap set by Milan’s defenders and gave him the ball.
In the 70th minute, the game was flipped upside down. After a corner kick, Stefan De Vrij scored a stunning header, completely killing the morale of Milan’s players. However, they did have one chance to come back, but Ibrahimovic hit the bar following a header from a nearby.
Romelu Lukaku put an end to this event, scoring a goal in the stoppage time and confirming Inter’s comeback to the top of the standings.
Right now, both them and Juventus have 54 points, and Lazio sits right behind them with one point fewer. Milan has 32 points, and is 10th.
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