SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 32 - 15 Apr 2017 (11.30 UK)
Inter 2 - 2 Milan
Candreva 35 (I), Icardi 44 (I), Romagnoli 83 (M), Zapata 97 (M)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Antonio Candreva and Mauro Icardi thought they’d given Inter the Derby della Madonnina, but Milan’s incredible comeback at the 97th minute made it 2-2.

This was a momentous Derby, as this week Yonghong Li completed the takeover of Milan, ending the 31-year reign of Silvio Berlusconi. The early kick-off was a nod to this fact and Suning Group owning Inter, as it was prime-time in China.

The Nerazzurri welcomed back Roberto Gagliardini from a sprained ankle and had to end their negative streak of one point from three games, including the 2-1 defeat to relegation candidates Crotone. The Rossoneri missed Andrea Bertolacci, Ignazio Abate, Giacomo Bonaventura, Riccardo Montolivo and suspended Mario Pasalic, so Jose Ernesto Sosa stepped in.

When these sides met in November, Suso bagged a brace in the 2-2 thriller before Ivan Perisic snatched a stoppage-time equaliser.

There was a huge triple chance in the opening couple of minutes, as Gerard Deulofeu’s counter forced a low save from Samir Handanovic, the follow-up was charged down and Carlos Bacca fired over from close range.

Joao Mario dribbled down the left to set up Mauro Icardi, firing over under pressure, and Sosa’s fresh-air shot on a corner ended up with Deulofeu to hit the base of the near post from point-blank range.

Inter settled after a nervy start, but the Rossoneri were more dangerous on the counter and Sosa’s cross-shot landed on the roof of the net.

Deulofeu turned on the turbo down the left to leave Medel in his dust, but Handanovic was inch-perfect to fingertip it off his foot.

Soon after, Inter took the lead with their first genuine chance. Roberto Gagliardini’s long ball over the top from inside his own half caught Mattia De Sciglio napping, Candreva let it bounce and chipped it over the on-rushing Gianluigi Donnarumma from a tight angle.

Joao Mario robbed Sosa in midfield for another dangerous counter, this time Icardi just failed to get the tap-in.

Icardi did add another just before half-time with a truly spectacular move. Perisic won it back in midfield, Icardi chested it back to him for a give-and-go, the Croatian flew down the left and pulled back from the by-line for the Argentine to tap in. It was Icardi’s first ever goal against Milan at the ninth attempt.

After the restart, Candreva blasted off target, Handanovic again got his fingertips to the ball before Bacca could turn in, while Juraj Kucka’s overhead kick was straight at him.

Perisic got greedy after a give-and-go with Joao Mario, going for goal from a poor angle when Candreva was waiting for the assist. Perisic then horribly wasted a fine assist from Icardi, prodding a weak finish at Donnarumma.

Nobody was there to meet Deulofeu’s pull-back after a slalom down the left, Gary Medel’s sliding block stopped Bacca and Deulofeu had timid penalty appeals after going down under the slightest of nudges from Danilo D’Ambrosio.

Deulofeu hit an absolute scorcher from the outside edge of the box and Handanovic somehow managed to fingertip it round the base of the far post.

Bacca failed to make the most of a rare Handanovic error, hesitating when six yards from goal, but he did get round the goalkeeper later to chip a cross just over Gianluca Lapadula.

Vincenzo Montella threw on every attacking player he had and with seven minutes to go they re-opened the game, as Suso whipped in a cross for Alessio Romagnoli to volley in at full stretch at the near post.

It was a siege on the Inter goal and Handanovic flew to punch away a Suso free kick. With the last kick of the game, a corner was flicked on for Cristian Zapata, whose effort hit the underside of the bar and goal-line technology confirmed it had crossed over for the last of last-gasp equalisers. It was a dramatic end to a fantastic Derby di Milano.


Inter: Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Medel, Miranda, Nagatomo; Gagliardini, Kondogbia; Candreva (Biabiany 90), Joao Mario (Murillo 80), Perisic (Eder 68); Icardi
Milan: Donnarumma; Calabria (Ocampos 80), Zapata, Romagnoli, De Sciglio; Kucka (Locatelli 57), Sosa (Lapadula 72), Mati Fernandez; Suso, Bacca, Deulofeu
Ref: Orsato