Final score

28 September 2008 20:30

AC Milan
36' Ronaldinho
Referee: Emidio Morganti / Linesmen: Niccolai, Papi / Fourth official: De Marco
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45' Half time. AC Milan lead Inter by a goal to nil.
43' Pato leaves Chivu for dead with a burst of pace as he enters the Inter area. Julio Cesar is alert to the danger and narrows the angle.
41' Gennaro Gattuso is shown a yellow card after a foul from behind on Quaresma.
36' Quaresma's left-wing inswinger is goalbound, forcing Abbiati into a tipped save. The Nerazzurri remain in attack and moments later Abbiati blocks Ibra's low shot.
36' GOAL. AC attack back and take the lead through Ronaldinho. The Brazilian ace rises in the box and heads Kaka's floated cross into the top right corner. AC Milan 1-0 Inter.
36' That was Ronaldinho's first goal for his new club.
35' Another free kick, this time on the left wing after a foul by Pato on Cristian Chivu.
34' Kaka trips Quaresma on the right wing. Free kick.
33' Chivu makes a diving headed clearance, denying Kaka a back-post chance from Ronaldinho's inswinger.
31' Abbiati jumps at his far post and catches Quaresma's left-wing cross.
29' Ronaldinho and Kaka combine again. This time, Maicon gets a foot in and makes a timely interception.
28' Free kick to Inter after a foul on Mancini. Chivu's cross is punched clear by Abbiati.
26' Ronaldinho and Kaka split the Nerazzurri defence open, the latter's shot forcing a good save from Julio Cesar.
24' Abbiati thwarts Ibra again, moving off his line quickly to beat the Swede to Materazzi's long ball upfield. Moments later, Maicon's cross-shot is blocked, resulting in a corner.
20' At the other end, Mancini wins us a corner. Nothing comes of it.
19' Burdisso blocks Pato's shot after Kaka's initial effort is deflected.
17' Inter close through Ibra. The Nerazzurri number eight latches on to Maicon's ball into the box but Abbiati gets out quick and smothers.
15' Maicon storms down the right, taking on Ronaldinho, and unleashes a cross-shot that dips over.
14' Gianluca Zambrotta tries to do what he did against Lazio last weekend. The Italian full-back's thunderous 25-yarder is just over the bar.
11' Ibra bursts past Jankulovski, gets to the byline and crosses. Rossoneri keeper Abbiati blocks with his foot.
10' Materazzi hooks to safety, denying Pato a close-range chance from Ronaldinho's ball over the defence.
7' Ronaldinho crosses from the left. Burdisso makes a headed clearance.
6' Materazzi smashes clear Kaka's fast right-wing cross.
3' Mancini darts past Gattuso and creates space for a long-range shot but his low effort is wide.
2' The Rossoneri attack down the left. Kaka gets into the area and crosses low into the six-yard box. Julio Cesar blocks at his near post.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for what promises to be an entertaining evening of Serie A football.
1' Both coaches have opted for 4-3-3 formations. Ancelotti has gone for an all-Brazilian three-man attack of Kaka, Pato and Ronaldinho, while Mourinho's front men are Quaresma, Ibrahimovic and Mancini.
1' Gattuso, Ambrosini and Seedorf with be battling it out for midfield supremacy with Vieira, Cambiasso and Zanetti.
1' AC Milan (4-3-3): 12 Abbiati; 15 Zambrotta, 4 Kaladze, 3 Maldini, 18 Jankulovski; 8 Gattuso, 23 Ambrosini, 10 Seedorf; 22 Kaka, 7 Pato, 80 Ronaldinho.<br> Subs: 1 Dida, 5 Emerson, 14 Cardacio, 25 Bonera, 76 Shevchenko, 77 Antonini, 84 Flamini.
1' Inter (4-3-3): 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu; 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 77 Quaresma, 8 Ibrahimovic, 33 Mancini.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 5 Stankovic, 9 Cruz, 10 Adriano, 24 Rivas, 45 Balotelli.
1' The Curvas display their 'choreographies' as we await the players.
1' Out they come. Just minutes to go and we'll be under way.
1' AC kick off the Milan derby.
1' Zanetti intercepts a Seedorf pass and plays forward to Ibra. The Swede is tackled by Milan captain Maldini, who is playing his 55th derby tonight.
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50' Ibrahimovic crashes over from Adriano's pull-back.
50' That's it. AC Milan beat Inter 1-0.
48' Adriano rises at the far post and heads wide Maicon's cross. What a chance that was.
46' Quaresma's shot is deflected as the Nerazzurri pour forward in search of a goal.
45' Five minutes of added time.
44' Sheva's fiercely struck shot from inside the area produces a brilliant save from Julio Cesar.
43' Shevchenko pokes wide from an inviting position.
43' Milan bring on Daniele Bonera for Gennaro Gattuso.
40' Emidio Morganti has been a busy man tonight. Dejan Stankovic gets a yellow after bringing down Kaka.
39' Andriy Shevchenko replaces goalscorer Ronaldinho.
37' Javier Zanetti is booked for protests after what looked to be a foul on Adriano.
37' Marco Materazzi, who was substituted earlier in the half, is 'sent off' after a complaint by the fourth man.
36' Brilliant first-time cross by Stankovic. Zambrotta beats Ibra to the ball and clears as far as... Stankovic. The Serb's shot is blocked, and Adriano blasts his follow-up high and wide.
35' Mourinho makes his third and final change. Dejan Stankovic replaces Patrick Vieira.
34' Kaka's angled drive is well saved by Julio Cesar.
32' Burdisso is booked for bringing down Kaka. It's the Argentine's second booking, and yellow becomes red.
30' Adriano crashes home from eight yards but Morganti had already blown for a foul by the Brazilian forward.
29' Carlo Ancelotti brings off Pato. On comes Mathieu Flamini.
27' Ibrahimovic races unmarked on goal and fires wide from just outside the box.
26' Julio Cruz's first-time shot from 25 yards is wide.
24' Yet another booking. Quaresma sees yellow after bringing down Clarence Seedorf.
23' Inter win a free kick 35 metres from goal. Abbiati makes a punched clearance from Quaresma's cross as Ibrahimovic is flagged offside.
21' Another yellow card. Patrick Vieira is cautioned after a foul from behind on Kaka.
19' Adriano's flicked header from Zanetti's cross goes wide.
16' Burdisso is booked for tugging Pato's shirt.
14' José Mourinho makes a double substitution: Adriano and Julio Cruz come on for Marco Materazzi and Mancini.
13' Kaka blazes wide forom the edge of the box after yet another one-two with Ronaldinho.
12' Quaresma's floated cross from the right is straight into the arms of Christian Abbiati.
12' Milan hit back and Ronaldinho fires well wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
9' Kaka's collects Ronaldinho's sublime pass wide and sees his angled shot deflected behind for a corner.
9' Another corner for AC as Maicon blocks Kaka's shot.
7' Good chance for the Nerazzurri. Mancini just fails to make aerial contact with Quaresma's free kick, which ends up in the arms of Abbiati.
6' Marek Jankulovski gets a yellow card for a nasty challenge on Quaresma.
4' Maicon looks for Ibrahimovic and Mancini with a ball into the Rossoneri box but Abbiati gets there first.
3' Kaka gets on the end of Ronaldinho's high cross to the back post and volleys into the Curva Nord.
1' Inter kick off the second half. FORZA NERAZZURRI!
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.86
5 shots on target 2
5 shots off target 7
16 fouls committed 14
5 corners 2
5 offsides 5
26:32 ball possession 24:51
Ancelotti v Mourinho

The two coaches have met on one previous occasion. In Montecarlo on 29 August 2003, Ancelotti's AC Milan defeated Mourinho's Porto 1-0 in the European Super Cup, Shevchenko scoring the winning goal in the 10th minute.

Ancelotti v Inter

In 26 matches against Inter, AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti has collected 14 wins, 5 draws and 7 defeats.

1996/97 Serie A Parma-Inter 1-0 1-3
1997/98 Serie A Parma-Inter 1-0 0-1
1998/99 Serie A Juventus-Inter ---- 0-0
1999/00 Serie A Juventus-Inter 1-0 2-1
2000/01 Serie A Juventus-Inter 3-1 2-2
2001/02 Serie A Milan-Inter 0-1 ----
2002/03 Serie A Milan-Inter 1-0 1-0
2002/03 Champions League Milan-Inter 0-0 1-1
2003/04 Serie A Milan-Inter 3-2 3-1
2004/05 Serie A Milan-Inter 0-0 1-0
2004/05 Champions League Milan-Inter 2-0 3-0 (forfeit)
2005/06 Serie A Milan-Inter 1-0 2-3
2006/07 Serie A Milan-Inter 3-4 1-2
2007/08 Serie A Milan-Inter 2-1 1-2

Mourinho v AC Milan

José Mourinho faces the Rossoneri for the second time in his coaching career after the 2003 European Super Cup defeat.

Ancelotti: 400th bench in Serie A

Carlo Ancelotti is set for the 400th Serie A appearance of his coaching career. He has coached Parma, Juventus and Milan in the top flight, collecting 226 wins, 102 draws and 71 defeats. Ancelotti made a winning start to his career as a Serie A coach on 7 September 1996 when Parma beat Napoli 3-0.

Just one Milan clean sheet in last 19 league games

The Rossoneri have kept only one clean sheet in their last 19 Serie A fixtures. That was on 22 March 2008 when they beat Torino 1-0 at home. Milan have conceded a total of 27 goals in the other 18 matches.

Sheva prolific against Inter

Andriy Shevchenko has scored 173 goals in Italian football, 14 of which have come in matches against Inter (more than any other team).

Gattuso poised for 300th Serie A outing

If he plays in Sunday's derby, Gennaro Gattuso will make his 300th appearance in the Serie A. The Calabrian midfielder, who has played top-flight football for Perugia, Salernitana and AC Milan, made his debut in Bologna 0-0 Perugia on 22 December 1996.

Milan's versatility up front

After four rounds of league games, no team has scored with as many different players as AC Milan. Ambrosini, Borriello, Kakà, Pato, Seedorf and Zambrotta have all hit the net for the Rossoneri in the first 360 minutes of the 2008/09 Serie A championship.

Inter goalless in just one of last 20 games

Inter have failed to score in just one of their last 20 competitive games - a 0-0 Coppa Italia draw at home to Lazio on 16 April 2008. In the other 19 matches, the Nerazzurri have scored a total of 31 goals.

Stankovic & goals against Milan

Of his 57 goals for Italian clubs (Lazio and Inter), Dejan Stankovic has scored more against AC Milan (4) and Lecce (4) than any other team.

Ibra, Vieira & goals in September

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Patrick Vieira are at their most prolific in the Serie A championship in the month of September. Of his 57 league goals in Italy the Swede has scored 12 in September, while 3 of Vieira's 9 'Italian' goals have come in the ninth calendar month.

wins(38) draws(28) defeats(33)

MILAN - Ronaldinho scored his first goal for AC Milan as Inter fell to their first defeat under José Mourinho.

The Brazilian headed Kaka's cross beyond Julio Cesar and into the top right corner on 36 minutes to seal a victory that leaves the Nerazzurri third in the table behind Lazio and Napoli.

The first half was an evenly balanced affair, with Inter's Mancini drilling wide and Maicon firing over before Kaka forced a good save from Julio Cesar.

Quaresma forced Abbiati into a tipped save, the Rossoneri keeper parrying Ibrahimovic's low shot moments later before Milan launched a counter-attack that resulted in Ronaldinho's opening goal.

With AC bossing the game in the early stages of the second half, José Mourinho made a double change, bringing on Adriano and Julio Cruz for Marco Materazzi and Mancini. 

The tactical switch appeared to turn the game in Inter's favour but the Nerazzurri's task was made harder when Burdisso was sent marching for a second yellow in the 77th minute.

With time running out Mourinho made a further change, introducing Stankovic for Vieira. The Serbian almost grabbed a late equaliser, his well struck shot parried by Abbiati with Adriano narrowly missing with his follow-up shot.

Ancelotti responded by bringing on Shevchenko for Ronaldinho and the Ukrainian went close to increasing his team's lead a minute from time, forcing a splendid save from Julio Cesar with his blistering close-range shot. 

AC Milan 1-0 Inter (HT: 1-0)

Scorer: Ronaldinho 36.

AC Milan (4-3-3): 12 Abbiati; 15 Zambrotta, 4 Kaladze, 3 Maldini, 18 Jankulovski; 8 Gattuso (25 Bonera 88), 23 Ambrosini, 10 Seedorf; 22 Kaka, 7 Pato (84 Flamini 74), 80 Ronaldinho (76 Shevchenko 84).
Subs not used: 1 Dida, 5 Emerson, 14 Cardacio, 77 Antonini.
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti.

Inter (4-3-3): 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi (9 Cruz 59), 26 Chivu; 14 Vieira (5 Stankovic 80), 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 77 Quaresma, 8 Ibrahimovic, 33 Mancini (10 Adriano 59).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 24 Rivas, 45 Balotelli.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Emidio Morganti (Ascoli Piceno).

Booked: Gattuso 41, Jankulovski 51, Burdisso 61, 77, Vieira 66, Quaresma 69, Zanetti 83, Stankovic 85.
Sent off: Burdisso 77, Materazzi 83. 

starting lineups

Abbiati 12 Julio Cesar
Zambrotta 13 Maicon
Kaladze 16 Burdisso
Maldini 23 Materazzi
Jankulovski 26 Chivu
Gattuso 14 Vieira
Ambrosini 19 Cambiasso
Seedorf 4 Zanetti
Kaka 77 Quaresma
Pato 8 Ibrahimovic
Ronaldinho 33 Mancini


Dida 1 Toldo
Emerson 2 Cordoba
Cardacio 5 Stankovic
Bonera 9 Cruz
Shevchenko 10 Adriano
Antonini 24 Rivas
Flamini 45 Balotelli