Tue. Nov 30th, 2021

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    Serie A halts for two weeks for the international break. When it resumes, Milan are in action on 20 November on the road to Fiorentina. Inter play at San Siro in their next match against Napoli on 21 November.

    The first Milan derby of the Serie A season ends in a 1-1 draw between Milan and Inter at San Siro. Hakan Calhanoglu fired Inter ahead from the penalty spot after he was brought down by Franck Kessie. Milan responded as Stefan de Vrij turned Sander Tonali’s free-kick past Samir Handanovic. The Nerazzurri then spurned the opportunity to regain the lead when Lautaro Martinez saw his strike saved by Cirprian Tatarusanu. Both teams missed a host of good chances in the second half, with Alexis Saelemaekers coming the closest when he was denied by the post in the dying minutes. However, neither side could force a winner and were forced to share the spoils.

    90′ + 3′ FULL-TIME: MILAN 1-1 INTER

    90′ + 3′ Calhanoglu launches a drive into the box with power as he attempts to pick out a team-mate. However, Ibrahimovic rises highest to clear the danger for the Rossoneri.

    90′ + 2′ Tomori is penalised for handball in the Milan half. Inter will have one final chance to knock a ball into the box.

    90′ There will be three minutes of added time.

    89′ OFF THE POST AND WIDE!! MIlan are inches away from a potential winner. Saelemaekers surges up the field and sends a low drive towards goal. It beats Handanovic, but strikes the left post. The rebound falls to Kessie, but the Ivorian scuffs his effort wide of the target.

    88′ WIDE! Saelemaekers sees his cross into the box blocked by Calhanoglu, but the home side see their appeals for a penalty turned down. Kalulu latches on to the loose ball, but places his right-footed strike wide of the right post.

    86′ REBIC SPURNS TWO CHANCES! Bennacer curls a dangerous low ball into the box from the right flank. Rebic flicks an effort towards goal, but sees it blocked by Correa. Milan recycle possession and Ibrahimovic forces a cross towards the forward, but he misses his kick under pressure. 

    A. Sánchez

    Lautaro Martínez

    Internazionale

    84′ Sanchez replaces Martinez for the final six minutes.

    F. Dimarco

    A. Bastoni

    Internazionale

    84′ Dimarco comes on to the field for the closing stages to replace Bastoni.

    T. Bakayoko

    R. Krunić

    Milan

    84′ Bakayoko enters the action to replace Krunic in the Milan midfield.

    83′ OVER! Rebic floats a cross into the box from the left flank that Ibrahimovic knocks down in the box. Bennacer pounces on it and fires at goal on his right foot, only to blast his attempt well over the bar.

    82′ SAVE! Ibrahimovic lines up the resulting free-kick and blasts a strike through the wall. Handanovic watches it all the way and gets down to make the stop before the Inter defence scrambles away the rebound.

    80′ Vidal brings down Rebic on the edge of the Inter box and hands Milan a free-kick in a threatening position.

    78′ Perisic has a dart at Calabria down the left flank, but the full-back stays with him all the way to force the cross out for a goal-kick.

    J. Correa

    E. Džeko

    Internazionale

    76′ Dzeko appears to pick up a knock and walks off slowly as he is replaced by Correa.

    D. Dumfries

    M. Darmian

    Internazionale

    76′ Dumfries replaces Darmian at wing-back on the right flank for the Nerazzurri.

    74′ Dzeko sends Darmian into the right-inside channel, but the wing-back cannot force his cutback past Tatarusanu. The Milan keeper makes the block before Kalulu clears the danger.

    72′ BLOCKS! Kalulu denies Vidal twice from close range to keep the scores level. The Chilean latches on to a cutback from Perisic and fires towards goal. Kalulu holds firm from the first effort and the rebound to deny the Nerazzurri.

    I. Bennacer

    S. Tonali

    Milan

    71′ Tonali is withdrawn by the Rossoneri and is replaced by Bennacer.

    69′ WIDE! Saelemaekers forces a low ball towards Ibrahimovic after Inter fail to clear their lines from a corner, but the Swede curls his left-footed strike wide of the left post.

    A. Vidal

    N. Barella

    Internazionale

    68′ Barella appears to be struggling with a hamstring injury. The midfielder is replaced by Vidal in the middle of the park.

    67′ Kessie feeds Rebic down the left flank and he cuts inside to shoot at goal on his left foot, but his attempt deflects off Darmian and behind for a corner.

    66′ Calhanoglu lines up a drive from the edge of the box, but Kjaer throws himself in the way of the ball to make the block.

    65′ Milan are struggling to carve out an opening in the final third. Inter are looking the more dangerous out of the two sides.

    63′ Rebic coasts away from Darmian down the left flank and tries to pick out Ibrahimovic in the box, but De Vrij is well placed to the danger from the delivery.

    A. Rebić

    Rafael Leão

    Milan

    59′ Rebic enters the action for the Rossoneri to replace Leao.

    A. Saelemaekers

    Brahim Díaz

    Milan

    59′ Saelemaekers enters the action to replace Diaz in the final third.

    57′ Bastoni has not been afraid to charge forward from the back and he wins a corner off the legs of Kjaer. Inter are on top in the second half.

    56′ CALHANOGLU SHOULD SCORE A SECOND! The former Milan man should put Inter back in the lead. He latches on to a precise cross from Perisic at the back post and strikes a sublime volley at goal. However, he blasts his effort inches wide of the left post.

    55′ OVER! Martinez turns away from Tomori with ease and charges towards the edge of the Milan box. The Argentine pulls the trigger on a right-footed strike that deflects off Tomori and travels narrowly over the bar.

    53′ Inter had the momentum heading into the break and have come out the stronger side in the second half. Pioli might be considering changes.

    51′ BLOCK! Dzeko collects in space in the left-inside channel and lines up a blast on his left foot that Calabria diverts behind for a corner.

    50′ Ibrahimovic does well at the back post to control a cross from Diaz before flicking an effort towards goal. However, the Swede is penalised for handball and acknowledges that the official is correct.

    48′ OVER! Calhanoglu floats a free-kick into the box from the right flank for Dzeko to attack, but he glances his attempt over the bar.

    48′ Kyatengwa handles the ball down the left flank as he tries to stop Darmian on the charge. Inter have a free-kick in a dangerous position.

    46′ We’re back under way at San Siro.

    P. Kalulu

    F. Ballo

    Milan

    46′ Kalulu enters the action for Ballo-Toure at the break. Pioli withdraws the full-back after his yellow card.

    It was an eventful first half at San Siro and Inter will be kicking themselves about not being ahead. They’ve been the better side and have preyed on mistakes from the Rossoneri. Stefano Pioli will be annoyed with how open his team have been at the back and will be demanding an improvement to maintain their unbeaten start to the Serie A campaign.

    It’s all square at the break in the Milan derby. Inter took the lead from the penalty spot as former Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu was fouled by Franck Kessie. The Turk took the spot-kick himself and scored, but the Rossoneri responded when Stefan de Vrij headed into his own net from a free-kick. Inter were handed a second penalty after Fode Ballo-Toure fouled Matteo Darmian, but Laturo Martinez saw his effort saved by Ciprian Tatarusanu.

    45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: MILAN 1-1 INTER

    45′ There will be one minute of added time.

    45′ CHANCE! Martinez misses another golden opportunity. Darmian heads into the path of Dzeko, who works it down for Martinez in space. The Argentine carves out room for a low strike that creeps inches past the left post.

    44′ OFF THE LINE! Ballo-Toure to the rescue for the home side as he clears Barella’s effort off the line. Bastoni makes a break down the left-inside channel and forces a low ball across the box. Barella arrives late and fires at goal, but he sees his attempt repelled by the Milan defender.

    41′ Ballo-Toure cuts a pass inside for Ibrahimovic, but the Swede loses out to Skriniar before Krunic fouls Barella to ease the pressure on the Inter defence.

    39′ There is a nervous energy around San Siro. Both teams are playing with a lack of composure and it seems the side that makes the fewest mistakes will emerge with the win.

    37′ SAVE! Krunic brings the ball forward and offloads to Leao in space. The forward cuts inside to shoot on his right foot, but sees his effort saved by Handanovic. The rebound falls back to Leao, only for him to blast his second strike over the bar.

    36′ Diaz tries to make another a charge through the Inter defence, but he goes down under pressure from Bastoni. The referee tells the forward to get to his feet.

    33′ Tonali whips the resulting free-kick into the box from the right flank, but Kjaer and Ibrahimovic are unable to get there ahead of Bastoni.

    31′ Diaz goes on the charge down the right flank and gets edged out Perisic. However, Milan press and regain possession through Tonali, who is felled by Calhanoglu.

    29′ Milan have a reprieve from Martinez, but their defending has to improve after a sloppy start. Pioli will not be impressed.

    Lautaro Martínez

    Penalty Miss

    Internazionale

    27′ MISS! Inter change penalty takers as Martinez replaces Calhanoglu over the ball. The move does not work as Martinez fires a tame strike towards the bottom-left corner that is saved by the dive of Tatarusanu.

    C. Tătărușanu

    Penalty Save

    Milan

    27′ SAVE! Tatarusanu keeps the scores level with a fine stop to deny Martinez. On this occasion, Tatarusanu waits for the kick and guesses the right way to get down low to his right to palm it away.

    F. Ballo

    Yellow Card

    Milan

    26′ Ballo-Toure goes into the book for his challenge on Darmian.

    25′ PENALTY TO INTER! The Nerazzurri have a second penalty. Ballo-Toure loses track of Darmian, who cuts past the left-back into the box. Ballo-Toure makes a lunge and brings down the wing-back on the charge. The referee points to the spot again.

    22′ Martinez skips past Tomori, who lunges in on the slide, and breaks into the box. Kjaer holds his composure and brushes off the Argentine before he can threaten in the right-inside channel.

    20′ Martinez collects in space and tries to blast an effort through a crowd of defenders, but his effort is repelled by Kjaer.

    S. de Vrij

    Own Goal

    Internazionale

    17′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! DE VRIJ HEADS INTO HIS OWN NET!!!! Milan respond through an own goal as De Vrij is powerless to divert the ball into his own net. Tonali puts his free-kick on the money from the left flank with a precise right-footed cross. Tomori rises, and his leap puts De Vrij off his header as the Dutchman diverts his attempt past Handanovic into the bottom-left corner. 

    16′ Barella brings down Kessie on the left flank, handing Milan a free-kick in a useful position.

    16′ Leao charges forward through the middle of the Inter midfield and launches a strike at goal that Handanovic gets down low to save.

    15′ Tatarusanu makes a gamble at the back to race off his line to attempt to beat Martinez to a ball over the top. He fails to reach it and Martinez nips it round him. However, the offside flag goes up late to spare the Milan keeper’s blushes.

    14′ Leao takes possession on the edge of the box and curls a strike towards goal, but he sends a tame effort at Handanovic.

    H. Çalhanoğlu

    Penalty Goal

    Internazionale

    11′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! CALHANOGLU FIRES INTER AHEAD!!!!! 1-0!!!!! The Turk holds his composure from 12 yards, drilling his effort down the middle of the goal. Tatarusanu dives to his left and can only watch as the ball hits the back of the net.

    10′ VAR confirms the penalty. Calhanoglu will attempt to dispatch the spot kick against his former club.

    8′ PENALTY TO INTER! Kessie intercepts a pass from Dzeko, but then makes the bizarre decision to turn back towards his own box. Pressure from Calhanoglu forces him into a mistake and he clips the ankles of his former team-mate. The referee does not hesitate in pointing to the spot.

    5′ Inter break down the left flank through Perisic and he tries to send a low cross into the box for Martinez, but Tomori is alert to clear the danger.

    3′ Krunic collects on the edge of the box and tries to force a pass through the Inter defence for Ibrahimovic, but it deflects off Skriniar and out for a goal-kick.

    1′ We’re under way at San Siro.

    Milan have lost their last three Serie A derbies at home; only once in their Serie A history have they lost more successive such matches – each of the first five in the competition between 1929 and 1934.

    Inter have made two changes to their side that beat Sheriff in the Champions League last time out. Calhanoglu is called into the side in the middle of the park to replace Vidal against his former club. Perisic also returns to the fold on the left flank in place of Dimarco.

    Milan have made five changes to their side from their draw against Porto during the week. Ibrahimovic returns to spearhead the attack in place of Giroud, who drops to the bench. Saelemaekers also makes way for Krunic. Kessie is restored to the midfield in place of Bennacer, while Kjaer and Ballo-Toure start in place of Alessio Romagnoli and Theo Hernandez.

    INTER SUBS: Denzel Dumfries, Roberto Gagliardini, Alexis Sanchez, Matias Vecino, Aleksandar Kolarov, Stefano Sensi, Andrea Ranocchia, Joaquin Correa, Arturo Vidal, Federico Dimarco, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Ionut Radu.

    INTER (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic; Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni; Matteo Darmian, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ivan Perisic; Eden Dzeko, Lautaro Martinez.

    MILAN SUBS: Ismael Bennacer, Olivier Giroud, Ante Rebic, Andrea Conti, Pierre Kalulu Kyatengwa, Alessandro Florenzi, Daniel Maldini, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Matteo Gabbia, Alexis Saelemaekers, Pietro Pellegri, Antonio Mirante.

    MILAN (4-2-3-1): Ciprian Tatarusanu; Davide Calabria, Simon Kjaer, Fikayo Tomori, Fode Ballo-Toure; Sandro Tonali, Franck Kessie; Rade Krunic, Brahim Diaz, Rafael Leao; Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    Inter need a positive result this evening to keep pace with their rivals and Napoli at the top of the table. Simone Inzaghi’s men are unbeaten in their last three matches, but are seven points off the pace of the Rossoneri. The Nerazzurri have won their last three games on the bounce, including a 3-1 triumph over Sheriff during the week in the Champions League. They will need to be flawless tonight against Milan.

    The first Milan derby has taken on greater significance than recent years given the return of both teams to prominence in the title race. Milan have enjoyed an outstanding start to the campaign, winning 10 of their 11 matches and drawing the other. Stefano Pioli’s men are second entering the contest after Napoli only managed a draw against Verona earlier today. There is a huge opportunity for the Rossoneri to move back to the summit and earn the city bragging rights.

    Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Serie A clash between Milan and Inter at San Siro.

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