Inter Milan won the Milan derby on Saturday evening. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the big man on Inter’s side with two goals and an assist, but the best goal came from Marcus Thuram. Denzel Dumfries was also important with an assist for Inter, which went into the dressing room with a 2-0 lead. After the break, Rafael LeÃ£o brought AC Milan back into the match, but thanks to goals from Mkhitaryan, Hakan Calhanoglu and Davide Frattesi, i Nerazzurri in the second half to a clear 5-1 victory. Inter remains clear in Serie A and thus regains the top position.
At Inter, Dumfries, who played a great international match with the Dutch national team, was of course assigned a starting place by coach Simone Inzaghi. Compatriots Stefan de Vrij and Davy Klaassen started on the bench. De Vrij came on fifteen minutes before the end, but Klaassen was not yet given his debut. At AC Milan, regular player Tijjani Reijnders played 75 minutes. The only change that coach Stefano Pioli was forced to make took place at the back. Simon Kjaer replaced the suspended Fikayo Tomori, who received a red card in the match against AS Roma.
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Within five minutes, Mkhitaryan opened the score on behalf of Inter. After good preparatory work by Thuram, his cross ended up with Federico Dimarco, whose mediocre shot was converted into a goal by the Armenian: 1-0. After thirty minutes of play, AC Milan was close to the equalizer. After a nice combination with Olivier Giroud, Theo HÃ©rnandez soloed past the Inter defense in a dazzling manner, but out of balance the defender was unable to get the ball on target. Shortly afterwards it doubled i Nerazzurri the margin.
This time Dumfries was important. The Dutchman, who had already pushed forward, was wonderfully passed the ball by Lautaro MartÃnez. The full-back played the ball a little too far away from Thuram, but that did not bother the Frenchman. He cut inside and shot the ball fantastically into the cross: 2-0. After the tea break, AC Milan came back into the match. Giroud found LeÃ£o with a splitting through ball, who did not fail face to face with Yann Sommer: 2-1. It was the first goal Inter conceded this season.
However, AC Milan’s resistance was quickly suppressed. After a nice short combination on the right flank, Hakan Calhanogu opened the ball to the other side, where MartÃnez threatened but still passed the ball to Mkhitaryan. The Armenian’s shot, after being touched by Malik Thiaw, ended up behind Mike Maignan: 3-1. Shortly afterwards things got even worse for the red-black Milanese. Calhanoglu made it 4-1 with a penalty kick, after which Frattessi made the final score 5-1 on a pass from Mkhitaryan. Inter achieved its fifth derby victory in a row.