Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez scored from a header in the first half to give Serie A’s second-placed side a well-deserved win in the Milan Derby, also referred to as Derby della Madonnina — in honour of one of Milan’s most famous landmarks, the Virgin Mary statue atop the Duomo, also known as the Madonnina (“Little Madonna” in Italian).
Inter Milan played host to AC Milan at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in the Milan Derby. The hosts made their intentions clear from the start with Lautaro Martinez making a glorious chance, but it was touched over the bar by AC Milan goalkeeper, Ciprian Tatarusanu.
In the 18th minute, Inter captain Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring with a well-placed header off Hakan Calhanoglu’s finely struck corner kick. AC Milan struggled in the first half, failing to make any shots, both on and off target, against Inter.
The striking partnership of Giroud and Origi did not work for Milan, leading to a change with Brahim Diaz coming on for Junior Messias.
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In the second half, AC Milan made changes with Rafael Leao and Alexis Saelemaekers replacing Divock Origi and Davide Calabria. The changes seemed to work as Olivier Giroud got Milan’s first shot on target.
Inter also made changes with Dimarco coming off for Gosens, Mkhitaryan for Marcelo Brozovic, and Lukaku for Dzeko, while for Milan, Matteo Gabbia was replaced by Malick Thiaw. In the 82nd minute, Romelu Lukaku scored for Inter but the goal was immediately disallowed for a foul on Thiaw. AC Milan Head Coach Stefano Piolo made another change, bringing on Ante Rebic for Simon Kjaer.
In the 89th minute, Lautaro Martinez scored after a flick-on from Romelu Lukaku but it was chalked off after he was deemed to be offside. Martinez challenged the offside ruling by waving his finger. Inter Coach Inzaghi made his final change, bringing on Kristjan Asllani for Nicolo Barella.
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Despite Lukaku almost scoring a second goal, AC Milan managed to fend off their rivals to keep the deficit at 1-0.