AC Milan beat Inter Milan 3-2 in an entertaining Serie A match at the San Siro on Saturday as Rafael Leo built a brace for Milan’s 28 and 60 and Olivier Giroud added a third 54.
Marcelo Brojovic scored for Inter in the 21st minute while Edin Jecko scored in the 67th minute but Ai Nerajurri did not equalize. With this win, Milan are now second in Serie A with 11 points from five matches while Inter are sixth with 9 points.
Moving along, here’s a gander at three things that hung out in the match.
Both sides missed opportunities in the first half which was 1-1. But ended. Milan started in a 4-2-3-1 formation, while Inter chose their customary 3-5-2. The first half was an exciting start, with both the teams launching threatening attacks and having some close talks.
Leo was active from the left flank and scored a few runs down the left flank. Milan somewhat curbed their attacking instincts by staying in their half, to prevent an overlapping run from left-back Theo Hernandez by Inter’s fast right-back Denzel Dumfries.
Leo cuts a bar from the left edge to take a shot which is saved by Samir Hendanovic. Brozovic’s shot from the edge of the penalty box at the other end of the pitch missed the target. Then, Alessandro Bastoni nearly tried to clear Leo’s cross from the left, but the ball hit the crossbar.
Inter broke the deadlock as Brozovic scored a fine run through the middle and got a good through-pass from Joaquin Correa near the half-line. The Croatian midfielder made no mistake in making the place at home, leaving Mike Magan behind.
Milan answered quickly as Leo finished neatly in the far corner of the net from inside the penalty box. Liao got the ball from Sandro Tonali, who intercepted a poor pass from former Milan player Hakan Calhanoglu. Both the teams ended the thrilling first half with looting and beatings.
Milan proceeded with a quick 1-2 courtesy of Leo and Giroud
Milan started the second half brilliantly and scored a few goals in the span of 6 minutes. Leo was instrumental again, controlling the throw-in and playing a clean pass to Giroud, who fired the first shot with his left foot to propel Milan forward.
Leo made his second score by dodging a pair of Inter defenders after Giroud played the ball under him after a long pass. Thus Leo did exceptionally well in the match with some goals and one assist.
Those two goals left the Nerzuri open as they looked to lose their second straight in the Milan derby (they lost 1–2 last season). Inter coach Simone Inzagi reacted quickly by making three substitutions. Federico DeMarco, Henrique Mkhitaryan and Edin Dzeko came in for Bastoni, Nicolo Barella and Correa respectively as Inter tried their best to make a comeback.
Inter misses the cut, but Milan hold on to climb the Serie A table Inter’s replacement soon worked as Zeko scored the 323rd goal of his career after receiving a cross from the left. He was shot in the bar even before Jaco could get in.
The goal gave Inter a boost and they began attacking mainly through the left flank and inside-left channel. Since Junior Messias, Milan’s right wing, was not contributing much defensively, Stefano Pioli decided to replace him with Alexis Selemaker.
Pioli likewise acquainted Brahim Diaz with add steel to his midfield. As the match ended, the Milan manager replaced David Calabria with Simon Kejer to further strengthen the defence.
The Milan players also managed to slow down the game by playing a lot of passes among themselves. However, Inter went close to level, but a Kalhanoglu shot was brilliantly saved by Magnon and a Mkhitaryan volley missed the target.
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If Leo and Divock Origi had been a little more selfless in their approach, Milan could have increased their advantage with counter-attacks. Instead of playing ball to each other, they preferred to take shots. Nevertheless, Rossoneri led a highly entertaining match to collect 3 points.