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Inter Milan top of Serie A after stunning comeback in Milan derby

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10 Feb 2020
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Inter Milan launched a superb second-half fightback from 2-0 down to claim the top spot in Serie A with a 4-2 triumph over AC Milan.


AC Milan dominated the first half as the San Siro stadium. Goals from Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the stroke of half-time gave AC Milan a deserved double lead at the break.

But Inter Milan had a plan. Right from the second half, Marcelo Brozovic and Matias Vecino struck twice to bring the hosts level in a breathless Milan derby.

Stefan De Vrij completed the turnaround on the 70th minute. His diving header from a corner looped into the far corner to make it 3-2 to Conte’s side.

Ibrahimovic thereafter came close to making it 3-3. His last-minute header struck the post and Lukaku capped off a stunning second-half fightback with a header from Victor Moses’ cross in the dying seconds.

How Inter Milan won in the classic derby

Ac Milan dominated from the early stages. Haken Calhanoglu almost broke the deadlock inside the opening 10 minutes with a low drive from distance which smacked off the far post.

Inter looked second best throughout the first half. However, they also went close twice with Diego Godin heading a corner inches wide and Vecino firing a tame first-time effort straight at Gianluigi Donnarumma from inside the area.

The visitors made the pressure count five minutes from the break. Ibrahimovic rose over Godin to nod down a cross into Rebic’s path who then anticipated to prob the ball into an empty net.

Ibrahimovic double Milan’s lead on the half-time stroke. Calhanoglu’s corner was knocked on by Franck Kessie and Daniele Padelli could not keep out the Swede’s headed effort.

In the second half, Inter Milan came racing out the blocks and halved the deficit. Brozovic’s sweet volley from outside the box beat Donnarumma to give the hosts a lifeline.

Two minutes later, Alexis Sanchez was teed up inside the box in front of Donnarumma. The Chilean’s cut-back found Vecino who tapped in to make it 2-2.

Inter Milan eventually took the lead when De Vrij met an out-swinging corner at the near post. The player sent a diving header up and over Donnarumma and in.

In the final 15 minutes, Christian Eriksen entered the fray and he almost sent San Siro into raptures when his 35-yard free-kick crashed off the upright.

In the end, it proved vital as Lukaku completed the comeback when he connected with Moses’ cross and sent a towering header in the net to claim a priceless three points.



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