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.