The 175th Madonnina derby, between Milan and Inter, ended with a score of parity on Sunday (1-1).
Long awaited by the tifosi of the two teams and also the neutral observers, the duel between the two Milanese formations did not disappoint this Sunday. It was rhythm, rich in highlights and twists. In the end, he only missed one winner.
Two penalties for Inter
The reigning Italian champion is the one who flirted the most with the 3 points. Simone Inzaghi’s men were the most threatening and they should have taken the lead time and time again. They did so at the start following a penalty obtained and transformed by ex-Rossonerri Hakan Calhanoglu (11th), but this advantage was quickly canceled. Stefan De Vrij put the two teams back to equality in 17th, beating his own goalkeeper with a header.
Inter were not unsettled by this unfortunate twist of fate and obtained a second penalty in the 27th minute. But, this time, the exercise did not smile on him. Lautaro Martinez hit well, but Ciprian Tatarusanu started on the right side. The former Lyonnais continues to perfectly compensate for the absence of Mike Maignan.
The last Romanian bulwark had no other big saves to make in this match. But, he trembled. Lautaro Martinez was not far from deceiving him in the 55th and it is the same for Calhanoglu in the 57th. The two attempts ultimately fell through. There is also a big opportunity for Arturo Vidal (72nd), but it was saved at the last minute by Frenchman Aldo Kalulu.
Milan finished better
AC Milan, for its part, suffered more than attacked, but that did not prevent the locals from also creating some dangerous situations. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is 40 years old has played a derby in its entirety, ignited two skirmishes (70th and 82nd). The Swede was not successful, nor was the Belgian Saelemaekers whose 90th strike failed on the upright.
In the end, it is therefore on a tie score that the two neighbors parted ways. A fair result that preserves the status quo in the ranking. Milan remain co-leaders of this championship with Napoli, while Inter are third with seven points less.