SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 27 - 4 Apr 2018 (17.30 UK)
Milan 0 - 0 Inter
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Mauro Icardi incredibly missed two open goals, while both he and Patrick Cutrone had efforts disallowed, as Milan and Inter drew 0-0.

This fixture was postponed on March 4 and since then the form of these two city rivals had changed dramatically. The Nerazzurri were in fourth place, kept four consecutive clean sheets and Mauro Icardi had six goals in the last two games, but the Rossoneri were fresh from a defeat to Juventus and crashed out of the Europa League to Arsenal.

Riccardo Montolivo stepped in for suspended Lucas Biglia, while Patrick Cutrone got the nod in attack. It was his goal in extra time that knocked Inter out of the Coppa Italia quarter-final in December, but Mauro Icardi’s hat-trick decided a 3-2 Serie A victory in October. The last Serie A derby won by Milan was 3-0 in January 2016, followed by a pair of 2-2 thrillers and that 3-2 loss.

Milan legend Franco Baresi paid tribute to former teammate Ray Wilkins before kick-off, as he died this afternoon.

It was an aggressive Inter start and Marcelo Brozovic drilled just wide while Antonio Candreva stung Gianluigi Donnarumma’s gloves, but on 21 minutes Milan came very close to an opener. Leonardo Bonucci’s glancing header from a free kick looked to be going in until Samir Handanovic at full stretch fingertipped it off the line with one hand.

Inter thought they had taken the lead on 38 minutes when Icardi ran on to a Candreva through ball and fired his finish under Bonucci’s leg, but VAR showed the Argentine was marginally offside.

Straight after the restart there were a couple of scares for Donnarumma, as first Ivan Perisic’s cross-shot looped on to the top of the crossbar, then he flapped at a Candreva effort and it could’ve gone anywhere.

Franck Kessie drilled wide, but Inter missed an open goal. Jack Bonaventura was caught in possession and Icardi sprung the offside trap as Candreva rolled across, but Icardi somehow prodded wide from four yards when unmarked. It’s the kind of chance Icardi usually buries in his sleep.

Donnarumma flew to intercept a Perisic cross that Icardi just had to tap in and desperate defending stopped Roberto Gagliardini turning in the rebound.

Milan too had a goal disallowed, a spectacular Cutrone bicycle-kick into the net, because of an offside position. It was Cutrone’s final contribution before he made way for Kalinic.

Candreva was fortunate perhaps to only get a yellow card for his very high tackle on Calhanoglu.

Icardi thought he’d won it with the last kick of the game, but came sliding on to a cross at the back post and unbelievably again turned wide from two yards.

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Milan: G Donnarumma; Calabria, Bonucci, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Kessie, Montolivo (Locatelli 69), Bonaventura (Borini 80); Suso, Cutrone (Kalinic 69), Calhanoglu
Inter: Handanovic; Cancelo, Miranda, Skriniar, D'Ambrosio; Gagliardini, Brozovic; Candreva (Eder 77), Rafinha (Borja Valero 71), Perisic; Icardi
Ref: Di Bello