Internazionale 1-0 Milan: Serie A – as it happened

Will Unwin on 21 October 2018

A little roundup from today’s games in Serie A:

Mauro Icardi’s last-gasp header kept Inter Milan in third place in Serie A after they beat rivals AC Milan 1-0 at San Siro.

The Nerazzurri had to wait until the second minute of stoppage time to break the deadlock but Icardi’s close-range finish from Matias Vecino’s cross extended Inter’s winning league run to five games.

Lazio also left it late but picked up their seventh win in nine league games with a 2-0 victory at Parma. Ciro Immobile broke the deadlock with an 81st-minute penalty after Valon Berisha went down in the box, and Joaquin Correa sealed the three points in added time.

Chievo remain rock bottom as Josip Ilicic inspired Atalanta to a 5-1 victory with a hat-trick at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.

Daniel Ciofani’s double failed to inspire Frosinone to a much-needed victory as they were held to a 3-3 draw at home to Empoli.

Bologna and Torino drew 2-2 with Arturo Calabresi completing the Rossoblu’s comeback. Torino had taken a two-goal lead inside 54 minutes thanks to efforts from Iago Falque and Daniele Baselli. Federico Santander brought Bologna back into the contest just before the hour mark and Calabresi rescued a point by smashing home with 13 minutes remaining.

Fiorentina were also forced to settle for a point after Leonardo Pavoletti cancelled out Jordan Veretout’s penalty to earn Cagliari a 1-1 draw.

Well, thank you very much for joining me for all the drama of the Milan derby.

See you soon.

It was a tale of two strikers: both only need one chance to grab a winner but Higuain didn’t even get one decent opportunity to change the course of the match as his side were pathetic in the final third.

Maybe replacing Kessie with Bakayoko was the turning point in the game ...

Here is that winning goal ...

The goal showed great movement from the striker but a lot of credit has to go to Vecino for digging out that great cross and getting it to land perfectly onto Icardi’s head.

Just one touch ...

The Milan players are arguing on the pitch while the Inter team celebrate with their fans in the stands. A lot of emotion out there right now!

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Full-time: Inter 1-0 Milan

What a finish to the game! Icardi barely had a touch all game but kept his focus and waited for his chance, pretty much his only opportunity, to make the difference at the death. I have no idea what the Milan defence and goalkeeper were doing to give him such space after controlling Icardi with such ease throughout.

GOAL! Inter 1-0 Milan (Icardi, 90+2)

That man Icardi! It looked like we were heading for a goalless draw but Icardi has headed the winner! It moved away from his marker and headed a cross into an empty net as Donnarumma was in no-man’s land.

90+1 min: Bakayoko makes his mark on the game by diving in and getting booked for taking out Vecino.

Abate has come on for Calabria to make things a bit more secure at the back.

90 min: This is very much heading for a draw ...

Three minutes added on.

89 min: Asamoah, out on the left, sums up his match by miss-controlling the ball on the touchline, before watching it bounce out of play.

88 min: A weak Rodriguez cross almost caught out Handanovic in the Inter goal but he just about managed to recover and punch the ball away clear of the line. A nice bit of excitement in a grim second half.

I have enjoyed every single one

86 min: Milan are just trying to keep hold of the ball here and run down the clock, it would seem. The sting has certainly been taken out of this game.

84 min: Chelsea legend Bakayoko is on, which is a surprise as he’s been pretty poor so far this season. In addition, he is coming on for Kessie who is a lot better than him.

83 min: Suso was fouled 25 yards from goal by a late challenge from Skriniar. The Spaniard stepped up to take it but the wall flicked it over.

During the wait for the free-kick to be taken Politano was replaced by Candreva.

80 min: The play in the final third really has been atrocious, there has just been a complete lack of intelligence when it comes to the final ball. So many have been blocked or wayward.

Suso has just had a chance, gaining some space one the edge of the area but after taking a touch he could only produce a very weak shot.

78 min: Kessie has been Man of the Match for me. His energy and intelligence to break up the play has been crucial for Milan. Any other options? Send me your tweets or smoke signals.

76 min: Politano dragged down Bonaventura on the halfway line and was rightly booked for his cynical foul.

Cutrone’s first real impact was to send a cross 10 yards over everyone’s head and out for a goal-kick.

7 4 min: There is no surprise in Milan’s first change as Calhanoglu comes off and Cutrone comes on to replace him.

72 min: Both sides are looking pretty ragged now with a number of players looking like they can’t keep up with the pace of the match. Higuain is having to drop deep to help out some tired midfielders. Milan need to bring on some fresh legs.

70 min: The first change of the game sees Keita Balde replace Perisic, who has been struggling with injury. Will this mean a change in formation?

68 min: Calhanoglu has just tried to volley a ball dropping out of the sky towards goal from the corner of the box but only managed to hit it straight into the ground which the goalkeeper grabs hold of. Less of that, please.

66 min: After a Perisic shot was deflected wide, the corner was swung into the box and eventually fell to Brozovic on the edge of the area but he only succeeded in sending a poor shot well wide.

64 min: Both teams made it into the final third within seconds but neither really knew what to do with the ball when they got there. The quality of this game has dropped immensely since the break.

62 min: Suso is the latest man to have the yellow card waved in front of his face after he clearly held onto Asamoah who was trying to instigate a break.

60 min: Icardi has not managed to get much in the way of change from Musacchio and Romagnoli who have dominated the area throughout. Maybe Inter will need a little chance in tactics here.

58 min: A pretty woeful finish from Politano after Perisic stood the ball up to the back post but the right-footed volley went tamely wide. Seconds later Milan tried to put the ball into the back of their own net when Biglia played a blind pass to his goalkeeper who wasn’t there and needed to sprint back to safe his side from embarrassment.

57 min: Rodriguez broke down the left alongside Calhanoglu and the final cross from the Swiss international reached Higuain but his scuffed shot was snaffled by Handanovic.

55 min: The opening stages of the second half have certainly not been as slick as the first. Neither side have strung a sequence of passes together thus far and it just not great to watch, even the crowd has gone a touch flat.

53 min: A pass into the box forced Donnarumma to come to claim it but it failed to collect it but Icardi’s shot was blocked and then the rebound was hit away for a goal-kick.

51 min: Bonaventura has just forced Brozovic to chase him 40 yards, which might not help with his niggle. Sadly for Milan, nothing came from it but then Brozovic then gave the ball back to the opposition with a wayward pass.

49 min: Some incredible stupidity from Asamoah allowed Suso to dispossess him, get away from the defender and then outmuscle the Inter man. The Spaniard just didn’t have the pace to go clear and in the end and his pass was unable to find a team-mate.

47 min: The walking wounded of Brozovic and Perisic are soldiering on here but neither look too comfortable on the pitch. The latter has just swung in a low cross but it bounced through to Donnarumma.

Second-half: Inter 0-0 Milan

Peep! Peep! Here we go again!

Brozovic wanders down the tunnel with some very heavy strapping on his right leg. Considering they’ve already lost Nainggolan and Perisic limped off at the break, it would be terrible news if they lost him. Brozovic looks like he’s struggling as he wanders around the pitch.

Here is Milan’s goal which was ruled out for offside ...

Cameron Jerome scored the first in a 2-0 win for Goztepe over Besiktas in Turkey tonight, which is enough to warm the cockles. Loris Karius was the man in goal for Besiktas.

I really enjoyed the first-half, which is handed. Last night I had six goals in the Barcelona v Sevilla game, so at least it’s not been as manic for my fingers here.

To pass the time during the break, read this delightful interview with your friend and mine, Miralem Pjanic:

Perisic has just limped down the tunnel, which is a concern for Inter. Hopefully he will be able to some back out after the break.

Half-time: Inter 0-0 Milan

It has been an incredibly exciting opening 45 minutes in the San Siro. Inter have certainly been the better team and have had the better chances but Milan have held their own, especially in the middle of the park. Both sides have rightly had a goal disallowed but neither have found a legal opening thus far.

45+2 mins: Inter were breaking away until Calabria cynically took down Valero in the middle of the pitch to stop the counter.

45+1 min: We’re into the four added minutes of injury-time in the first-half, most of it caused by Nainggolan and Biglia going down for a while.

Higuain just had his chance of the have after he received the ball on the edge of the box but his toe-poked shot was blocked.

44 min: Calhanoglu is booked for his protestations after he is accused by the referee of pushing over Vrsaljko. I’ll be honest, it was as soft foul but you can’t do that to the referee.

ANOTHER DISALLOWED GOAL!

42 min: This time it’s Milan whose celebrations are curtailed by the assistant referee’s flag. Suso sent in a cross from the right which flicked off a team-mate’s head, allowing Musacchio to sneak in at the back post to turn the ball beyond Handanovic, only for the flag to be raised.

40 min: Milan do not really seem to know what to do in the final third. All their crosses so far have been pretty pathetic and no one seems to have been within 20 yards of Higuain so far.

38 min: Vrsaljko showed why Inter brought him in with a delicious low cross from the right which went just beyond Icardi’s studs and bounced wide.

Kessie is currently Milan’s best player. He has broken up the play superbly well all over the pitch and instigated a number of attacks. He is going to be key for Milan if they are to get something here tonight.

36 min: Inter kept the ball in the right-hand corner but just couldn’t find a decent ball into the box.

34 min: Off the post! A corner from the left was not cleared by Milan, resulting in the ball coming De Vrij on the edge of the six-yard box from where he hooked the ball onto the bar but it bounced clear. The closest we’ve come so far.

32 min: Vecino hit the deck after a coming together with Suso but nothing really happened. The Inter man tried to imply he was in heinous pain but it certainly wasn’t a foul, they were just trying to scheme the ref.

30 min: Both teams are back up to having 11 men on the pitch as Borja Valero jogs on, while Nainggolan settles onto the bench with an ice pack. A shame that the Belgian’s night has been cut short but it will be interesting to see how Inter adapt.

28 min: Nainggolan has gone down for a second time under pressure from that man Biglia again. The Belgian signalled to the bench he wants to go off. Nothing in that one, as Nainggolan pulled out of it due to whatever damage was done in the first challenge. Spalletti has called for West Brom legend Borja Valero.

26 min: This is really good fun, isn’t it? Both teams are giving it their all and the game is being played at a high tempo and the fans are adding to the spectacle. Keep it up, lads!

24 min: Calhanoglu, for some reason, decides to have a go from a free-kick 40 yards out from goal. I know he has form for scoring from that far out but this one goes nowhere near the goal. Bit of a waste with everyone forward.

22 min: A cross was whipped onto Perisic’s head, allowing to steer the ball towards goal but Donnarumma was equal to and palmed it wide.

Was that a touch naughty from Biglia? Nainggolan was in motion but it did look like the Belgian went out of his way to ensure his studs landed on top of Biglia’s ankle.

20 min: Both Biglia and Nainggolan eventually got up after plenty of writhing and checking none of their tattoos were damaged in the incident.

18 min: The first spicy moment in the game as Biglia receives a caution for catching Nainggolan on the ankle. The Milan midfielder wasn’t malicious but got nowhere near the ball. Both men are down in agony.

The replays of the disallowed goal show how Icardi did at least achieve kicking Donnarumma in the head. So that’s something.

16 min: Every pass Milan make is being chased down by the Inter players who very much unwilling to let them take their time. To prove it Brozovic fouls Kessie in the middle of the pitch, which relieves the pressure for Milan.

14 min: Inter are certainly on top here and Donnarumma is putting his own side in danger by repeatedly wanting to punch the ball rather than taking control of the situation. Milan are trying to play out from the back but it just seems to be adding to the pressure as they’re not particularly good at it.

DISALLOWED GOAL!

12 min: An inswinging cross from Brozovic on the left flank took a flick off the top of Vecino’s head and ended up with Icardi at the back post who smashed it into the roof of the net, before wheeling away to celebrate but the flag was up.

10 min: Calhanoglu fired in a hopeful shot from just outside the area but it bounced well wide of the goal but it was worth taking the chance on it. Inter still happy to bide their time, it would seem.

8 min: Both strikers are looking a touch isolated so far as the rest of the players on the pitch eye up their counterparts on the pitch. Needless to say, Icardi and Higuain won’t mind that as they both know they only need a sniff of a chance to make a difference.

6 min: Inter are offering plenty of patience at the moment as they play out from the back, while some pyrotechnics go off in the stands. Inter are looking very composed in the early stages.

From our man in Milan ...

4 min: Milan are trying to slow the game down a little to take the sting out of Inter in the early stages. They lured Inter in before breaking on them through Calabria, resulting in Suso smashing a low shot from 25 yards just wide of the goal.

2 min: Inter are working on the idea that putting Milan under a lot of pressure with high press will rattle them and at the same time get the fans right behind him, which could be crucial. A high tempo start thus far.

Kick-off: Inter 0-0 Milan

Let’s get ready to rumble!!

It is pretty lively in the San Siro tonight, not that the pre-match dance music is helping. Luckily, that has been swapped for something a tad more traditional with an operatic tone which has riled me right up.

Some pretty decent fan choreography in the stands, with the Inter supporters offering up a massive snake, which looks like it be scary if I am being honest.

National team coach Bobby Mancini is in the stands to watch the game, not that there are lot of Italians on show for him to watch.

A quick reminder of the two teams ...

Inter starting XI: Handanovic; Vrsaljko, Skriniar, De Vrij, Asamoah; Vecino, Brozovic; Politano, Nainggolan, Perisic; Icardi

Milan starting XI: Donnarumma; Calabria, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessié, Biglia, Bonaventura; Suso, Higuain, Calhanoglu

Inter are now fourth in the table following today’s result, while Milan are languishing in 12th but they have two games in hand.

Don Hutchison has just been described as a ‘Derby Day Specialist’ which is something for him to stick on his business cards.

I don’t know, I suspect it leads back to watching on Channel 4 with He Who Shall Not Be Named. It’s just what I’ve always referred to it as and I am too lazy to change.

Don’t forget that you can get in touch via the useless means, which are signposted above this adoring post. *points up*

Perisic proved at the World Cup how he can be decisive in a match and will be aiming to make the difference once again tonight. AC Milan have a pretty impressive defence, as one might expect, so it will take some doing to drag them around and create space but he is certainly one man who can do so and might be earmarked for special attention.

Something in your eye, Mauro?

Mauro Icardi has his eye checked by a member of the medical staff.
Mauro Icardi has his eye checked by a member of the medical staff. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Inter Milan have a pretty tricky week ahead of them, starting with AC Milan tonight, the Barcelona in midweek and Lazio next weekend. It could be pivotal in their season. They start tonight seven points behind league leaders Juventus having played the same amount of games, so really need a victory to keep up any sort of pressure.

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Both teams are getting warm on a windy night in Milan.

Gianluigi Donnarumma waves to the fans at the San Siro.
Gianluigi Donnarumma waves to the fans at the San Siro. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/Reuters

Gennaro Gattuso says some of his players hate him for being so demanding, which must be something he picked up from Ally McCoist at Rangers.

Over the last month, my team has improved a great deal in terms of mentality.

Perhaps some players hate me, but my vision of football demands a very professional attitude in training and I don’t keep my opinions to myself.

I’m well aware some love that, while about 20 per cent probably hate me.

This is the kind of game that prepares itself, so we must if anything try not to feel it too intensely and avoid losing too much energy to stress.

If we look at each individual player, we have different characteristics to Inter, and certainly less in terms of physicality. On the other hand, we have something more on a technical level.

Inter are a strong side and not just on paper, as they showed in the Champions League. They have quality, are physically imposing, and we mustn’t make mistakes or show fear.

We’ve got to respect Inter and play our style of football, keeping a particular eye on set plays, plus the movements of Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic.”

Remind yourself of the state of Milan’s owners, how it all went a bit weird and how they should be back on a decent path once again with this piece from August.

It is pretty breezy at the San Siro, which hopefully won’t impact the game. I think it was Joe Royle who said that wind is the only type of weather which ruins football.

Ps the lads are here

Inter boss Luciano Spalletti reckons fans of the club are more likely to forget their partner’s birthday than when they play AC Milan. Luckily, for me, Mrs Live Blogger always gives me a reminder that I need to buy her something to make up annually for me spending Sunday nights writing about football matches in foreign countries.

Since coming here, I’ve realised that Inter fans are more likely to forget the birthdays of their husbands or wives than they are the date of the derby.

There are three tiers at San Siro, and a fourth with all our fans on their couches cheering us on from home.

If you want to go down in the history of Inter, and not just for the length of your contract, then you’ll do it via this game.

People shouldn’t talk about the crowd as the frame to this match, but as part of the painting itself, because no other game can provide the kind of passion that represents a Milan derby and the city ought to be proud.

I think the derby is worth far more than three points for what it brings out in the minds of the players and the enthusiasm of the fans.

This week we haven’t thought about Barcelona or anything else, just the derby. This game is the thermometer to measure the Inter fever in the city.

A victory could give us so much more than just three points. We must be demanding of ourselves and expect great things, because that is what this game requires.

We won’t stand for any fear, because we are convinced that what we are doing is right.

Teams: Inter v Milan

Inter starting XI: Handanovic; Vrsaljko, Skriniar, De Vrij, Asamoah; Vecino, Brozovic; Politano, Nainggolan, Perisic; Icardi

Milan starting XI: Donnarumma; Calabria, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessié, Biglia, Bonaventura; Suso, Higuain, Calhanoglu

Preamble

Inter are back in the big time and have the little prospect of playing Barcelona midweek but today they will be giving their all to prove they are the kings of Milan.

After some testing seasons at the San Siro, things look like they are back on track for Inter who are trying to challenge Juventus this season having made it into the Champions League. Luciano Spalletti has brought wisely in the summer; Inter have a defence to be proud of, Radja Nainggolan dominating the midfield and more than just Mauro Icardi upfront, which is a novel concept.

The away team this evening is AC Milan and even they might finally have all their ducks in a row. They started the day in 11th but due to the clogged up middle ground in Serie A, this is not a full reflection of how things are going for Gennaro Gattuso and his charges. They, too, enjoyed a fruitful summer in the transfer market bringing in Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldera to solve problems at each end of the pitch. In addition they splashed cash on a number of others to bolster a floundering squad.

They are pretty evenly matched overall and two competitive Milan teams can only make Serie A a better place and they will both be aiming to show they are ready to bring back the glory days.

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