Tooor for AC Milan, 1:2 by Olivier Giroud
Ismaël Bennacer (AC Milan) gets a yellow card
Bennacer is late on the flank against Dimarco. Sure thing, yellow.
Tooor for AC Milan, 1-1 through Olivier Giroud
Compensation for Milan out of nowhere! Brahim Díaz drives the ball forward through the center, enters the box and shoots from 15 meters. Deflected by Bastoni, the ball tumbles left into the five where Giroud slides in and pushes the ball over the line with his left foot.
Inzaghi strengthens the defense a bit and brings in Vidal for the last 15 minutes.
Substitution at Inter: Arturo Vidal
Hakan Çalhanoğlu is making a substitution at Inter
Brahim Diaz (AC Milan) is shown a yellow card.
Yellow for a tactical foul on Barella.
Double change at Inter. Dimarco and Sánchez each come into play in their correct positions.
Federico Dimarco comes on at Inter
Substitution at Inter: Ivan Perišić
Substitution at Inter: Alexis Sanchez
Substitution at Inter: Lautaro Martínez
Çalhanoğlu takes a corner from the left directly towards goal. But the ball flies in a high arc onto the gate roof.
Inter’s defense is also very secure after the change of sides. Milan does not come into play offensively.
Barella has some space centrally in front of the goal and pulls from almost 25 meters. Still slightly deflected, the ball flies clearly over the goal.
Yellow card for Hakan Çalhanoğlu (Inter)
Çalhanoğlu receives a yellow card for complaining.
Second change at Milan. With Brahim Díaz, it is nominally a little more offensive in the center.
Brahim Diaz comes on at AC Milan
Franck Kessié comes off the bench at AC Milan
The derby is not particularly fast in the second section. A lot is currently happening between the penalty areas.
Once again it is Dumfries who drives the Inter game down the right lane. However, Tonali and Hernández can win the ball by joining forces.
Martínez moves the game nicely from the center to the right with Dumfries running down the line. However, his cross into the box lacks the necessary precision. Maignan grabs.
First degree after changing sides. Tonali tries from the second row, but aims just wide of the right post.
The second round is on! There is a change at the break for the Rossoneri. Junior Messiah is set to revitalize the right wing.
Substitution at AC Milan: Junior Messiah
Alexis Saelemaekers is off the bench at AC Milan
Kick-off 2nd half
Inter deservedly lead 1-0 in city derby against AC Milan after 45 minutes! After a balanced initial phase, the front runner continued to take control of the game and was very dominant throughout the first half. However, it was not until the 39th minute that the Nerazzurri were rewarded for their strong performance. Perišić completed a technically impressive corner from Çalhanoğlu to take the lead. However, not much comes from the guests offensively. Milan were very unimaginative for long stretches and only recorded a few notable deals. AC coach Pioli has to come up with something to boost his team’s offensive game again. See you soon!
Crazy action by Maignan! The keeper goes wide of his box on a through ball to the left in the direction of Çalhanoğlu and clears with a perfect tackle. The Frenchman was rewarded for his high risk.
In the first round there are 120 seconds on top.
Official injury time (minutes): 2
Hernández extended his elbow in the duel with Barella and hit his opponent clearly in the head. The Frenchman is lucky not to be warned.
A few minutes until the break. Inter have now pulled back a little further and want to take the narrow lead into the dressing room.
Tooor for Inter, 1-0 through Ivan Perišić
The deserved leadership for the leader! Çalhanoğlu smashed a corner from the right into the back post, where Perišić was completely free and headed in from the left from 10 yards out. The ball hits the bottom right! Maignan has no chance to defend himself.
Now the hosts again! Martínez pulls into the center from the left and fires from 22 meters towards the AC goal. Maignan raises his fists and defends well to the side.
What a pound of Tonali! The defensive midfielder just takes a shot from a central position 24 meters away, but Handanovič reaches out and saves the shot at a right angle.
Milan is currently trying to slow down a bit and break Inter’s pressure phase.
The defensive man can continue playing and is back on the pitch.
Kalulu takes a shot in the face from Džeko from close range and remains dazed. The central defender is receiving medical treatment.
The got to be 1-0 for the Nerazzurri! Martínez has moved to the right and puts a strong punch through the box to Dumfries. The winger comes to a close from 10 meters in the half-right position, but aims a little too centrally. AC keeper Maignan saves with a great reflex.
The pressure is increasing more and more. Again, Džeko and Martínez combine forward through the center. The Argentinian’s shot from almost 17 meters is still slightly deflected and therefore poses no problems for Maignan.
Good chance for Inter! Martínez claims a cross from the right with his back to goal and returns it to Barella. The midfielder closes from 12 meters, but aims just wide of the left post.
Another action in the penalty area. Džeko pokes through from the right flank for his strike partner Martínez, who shoots from an acute angle. But Kalulu blocks the corner, which has no consequences.
Yellow card for Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan)
First warning of the game. Romagnoli tackles Džeko from behind and receives a yellow card.
Džeko has switched from the center to the right wing and tries to dribble past Hernández, but the Frenchman stays cool and blocks the ball well into goal.
In the meantime, the Nerazzurri are taking the scepter more into their own hands. Inter are increasing the pressure and want the lead.
Dumfries is caught in the right calf tackle by Hernández but seems able to shake off the pain quickly. The Dutchman quickly gets back on his feet.
Inter again! Brozović lets Kessié out with a hook in the center of the penalty area and finishes with his left. Deflected by Kalulu, Maignan finds it really difficult to keep the ball, but the Milan keeper reacts brilliantly and is able to prevent the impact.
The ball is in AC’s goal, but the goal doesn’t count! Çalhanoğlu sends Perišić left to the baseline. The Croatian’s cross headed Dumfries into the near corner at the far post, but Perišić’s pass was just caught offside. The assistant’s flag immediately goes up.
In the early minutes, Inter let their city rivals have the ball and fall back a little further.
Now also a first push from Inter. Perišić’s low cross from the left flank was easy prey for keeper Maignan.
Not harmless! Calabria goes on the offensive on the right flank. His cross is deflected by Perišić and descends in the direction of the far corner. Ultimately, however, the ball flies onto the gate roof.
The ball rolls! AC Milan kicked off in red and black jerseys, Inter are in blue and black jerseys.
In the first leg, the two city rivals drew 1-1 in November. Today’s derby will be officiated by referee Marco Guida.
Milan have made four changes to their starting XI since the 0-0 draw against Juventus. Bennacer, Saelemaekers, Kessié and Giroud are new for Krunić, Brahim Díaz, Junior Messias (all bench) and the injured Ibrahimović.
Let’s look at the lineups. For the hosts, Inzaghi makes a change from the 2-1 win over Venice. Dumfries moves to the right flank for Darmian in the 3-5-2 formation.
Of course, Milan want to slow down their city rivals and bring the second defeat of the season. After four wins in a row, there was only one point in the last two games against La Spezia and Juventus. In order to keep the lead over Europa League place 5, the three points should come. However, the Rossoneri have only won once in their last 11 league derbies. That was provided by Zlatan Ibrahimović with a brace in October 2020, but the Swede has to sit out today due to injury.
With the derby, a real top game is also on the program. Finally, the leader of the table meets the third-placed. Inter could set themselves apart a little from the competition with a win today and extend their lead over Napoli in second place to seven points. The last defeat in a competitive game was in December in the premier class against Real Madrid. Accordingly, Inter should start the game confidently. During the winter break, the Nerazzurri have also prominently strengthened themselves with Robin Gosens from Atalanta Bergamo. However, the German international is absent today due to a muscle injury.
Welcome to the 24th matchday in Serie A! The city derby between Inter and AC Milan starts at 6 p.m. in Giuseppe Meazza.