Final score

15 February 2009 20:30

43' Stankovic
29' Adriano
AC Milan
26' (2nd half) Pato
Referee: Roberto Rosetti / Linesmen: Calcagno, Ayroldi / Fourth official: Trefoloni
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46' Half time at the Meazza and we're 2-0 in front thanks to goals from Adriano and Stankovic.
45' Massimo Ambrosini gets a yellow card for tripping Maicon on the halfway line.
45' One minute of added time.
43' GOAL!!!!!! Dejan Stankovic makes amends for his earlier mistake with a splendid goal - his fifth in Serie A this term. The Serbian runs on to Ibrahimovic's headed assist and smacks first time past a hapless Abbiati. INTER 2-0 AC MILAN.
42' Pato controls with his chest Ronaldinho's pass into the box and finds the side-netting with an angled shot on the turn.
41' Abbiati gets down low to his right to keep out Adriano's long-range effort.
37' Maicon shoots wide after a 30-yard run to the edge of the area.
35' Seedorf's shot takes a deflection off Chivu and AC Milan win their first corner. It is taken by Beckham and saved by Julio Cesar.
30' The whole stadium shakes as the home fans chant CHI NON SALTA ROSSONERO E'!!!!
29' GOAL!!!!! Maicon delivers an inch-perfect cross from the right and Adriano is on hand to head past Abbiati. INTER 1-0 AC MILAN.
28' Seedorf unleashes a right-footer about thirty yards from goal. It sails over Julio Cesar's bar.
26' Samuel cuts out Zambrotta's cut-back for Pato as Milan continue to apply the pressure.
22' Ronaldinho has sparked the Rossoneri into life. He sets up Pato whose first-time shot takes a deflection off Santon, forcing a reflex save from Julio Cesar.
20' A opening for AC at the other end as Ronaldinho serves Pato but the angle proves too tight for the Brazilian youngster.
18' Incredible miss by Stankovic. Ibrahimovic plays in Cambiasso with a delightful back-heeled pass and the Argentine crosses for Stankovic who has the goal gaping, but Ambrosini somehow gets back to make the interception.
17' Jankulovski swings in a cross from the left. Pato's header is high and wide.
13' Ibrahimovic chests into the path of Stankovic and the Serbian plays short to Muntari, who rifles wide.
11' Adriano rises at the far post and heads wide Maicon's corner kick.
10' Another corner for the Nerazzurri as Pirlo intercepts Ibrahimovic on the left wing.
9' Adriano wins us the first corner of the match. Abbiati's punched clearance from Cambiasso's right-wing cross falls to Muntari, who blazes over from 20 metres.
8' Back in the Milan half, Seedorf blocks a Maicon free kick and sets up a counter-attack. Pato races forward but Zanetti gets back to make the tackle.
7' Walter Samuel makes a headed clearance from a trademark David Beckham cross.
7' Zambrotta tests Julio Cesar with an overhead kick after Jankulovski's cross from the left.
6' Tempers flare after a challenge from behind by Muntari on Beckham. Rosetti intervenes to calm things down.
5' Play is interrupted as the firefighters come on to the pitch to extinguish a flare.
3' Muntari gets back and wins the ball off Pato after a mazy run down the right by the Brazilian.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan's San Siro district for Derby Day. From Mourinho and Beckham to Maldini and Santon, just to name a few, this one has all the ingredients of a classic encounter.
1' A win tonight will give us a massive 11-point lead over our city rivals, and a 9-point lead over Juventus who drew 1-1 at home to Sampdoria earlier today.
1' It's standing room only at the Meazza, with a sell-out 80,000 crowd, 500 accredited journalists, and 32 television stations from 66 countries showing the match live.
1' Tonight's clash sees the two best attacks in Serie A go head to head: Inter and AC Milan are top of the pops with 40 goals apiece. Ibrahimovic is the Nerazzurri's top scorer with 14 league goals, while AC's number one marksman this season is Kaka with 11.
1' Defending Italian champions Inter also have the best defence after 23 rounds of matches. Mourinho's men have conceded just 16 goals, 7 fewer than the Rossoneri.
1' AC Milan beat us 1-0 in the reverse fixture last September, Ronaldinho scoring the only goal of the game for Carlo Ancelotti's side. The Rossoneri coach makes just two changes to that derby-winning team, with Pirlo and Beckham in for Kaka and Gattuso.
1' Mourinho, who opted for a 4-3-1-2 in September, goes for the same system again tonight but makes five changes as Burdisso and Vieira go on the bench and Materazzi and Mancini in the stands. Quaresma, of course, is on loan at Chelsea.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari; 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 6 Maxwell, 7 Figo, 9 Cruz, 14 Vieira, 16 Burdisso.
1' AC Milan: 12 Abbiati; 15 Zambrotta, 3 Maldini, 4 Kaladze, 18 Jankulovski; 32 Beckham, 21 Pirlo, 23 Ambrosini; 10 Seedorf, 80 Ronaldinho; 7 Pato.<br> Subs: 1 Dida, 5 Emerson, 9 Inzaghi, 19 Favalli, 24 Senderos, 77 Antonini, 84 Flamini.
1' We're just minutes away from kick-off as the two Curvas display their derby 'choreographies' and the teams emerge from the tunnel.
1' Kick-off is delayed by a few seconds as ne of the linesmen has spotted a hole in the Inter net.
1' Roberto Rosetti blows his whistle, and AC Milan get the 270th Milan derby under way. FORZA INTER!!!!!!!!!!!
1' An early chance for Inter as Ibra gets in behind the Milan defence and heads wide Cambiasso's free kick.
Minute Text commentary
50' Full time. Inter beat AC Milan 2-1 and open up a nine-point lead at the top of the table.
47' Julio Cesar is booked for time-wasting.
46' The Nerazzurri survive a scare as Julio Cesar blocks Inzaghi's low effort with his feet.
45' Four minutes of added time.
44' Chivu blocks Seedorf's goalbound effort. What a match the Romanian has had tonight.
43' Vieira gets a booking after a foul on Pirlo.
43' Inter bring off Sulley Muntari. On comes Maxwell.
41' Inter pour forward on the counter-attack after a brilliant headed clearance by Chivu. Maicon's right-wing cross dips dangerously, forcing Abbiati into a tipped save.
39' Mourinho replaces Dejan Stankovic with Nicolas Burdisso. The Argentine central defender will slot into a midfield role.
39' Burdisso is booked for kicking the ball away and he will automatically miss next Saturday's Week 25 trip to Bologna.
37' Inzaghi is flagged offside again as he sends over a diving header from Zambrotta's right-wing centre.
35' Substitution number one, a tactical one, for Inter. José brings on Patrick Vieira for Adriano.
34' Julio Cesar says no to Pato as Milan pile on the pressure in their search for an equaliser.
33' Filippo Inzaghi volleys home Pato's right-wing cross but the Italian striker was a yard offside and the flag goes up.
32' Carlo Ancelotti makes his second substitution as Philippe Senderos comes on for Kakha Kaladze.
30' Ronaldinho dribbles Samuel on the left edge of our area and looks for Inzaghi with a low cross but Chivu is alert to the danger and the Romania captain concedes a corner.
29' Another chance for Adriano to make sure of the points. The Inter number ten shrugs off a challenge from Maldini and shoots, but Abbiati makes a good save.
26' GOAL. AC Milan are back in the game as Ronaldinho plays in Jankulovski who pulls back for Pato and the Brazilian sidefoots home. INTER 2-1 AC MILAN.
25' Ibrahimovic pumps upfield for Maicon but Abbiati races out of his area to thwart the full-back.
25' Esteban Cambiasso is yellow-carded or fouling Andrea Pirlo.
24' Fantastic clearance by Cristian Chivu, denying Seedorf a clear chance on goal.
22' Maicon brilliantly sidesteps Pirlo, creating space for a shot. It's high and wide.
21' Zambrotta fouls Adriano on the left flank. Cambiasso's cross is caught by Christian Abbiati.
20' Paolo Maldini shows his years of experience, beating Adriano to Maicon's cross.
18' A chance for Sulley Muntari. Ibrahimovic plays low through to the Ghana midfielder who blasts over from close range.
18' Maicon beats Ronaldinho to Pato's right-wing cross and heads behind for a corner.
16' Abbiati makes a tremendous one-handed save from Ibrahimovic. Adriano misses the target with a spectacular shot on the turn from the resulting corner.
14' Ibrahimovic launches a counter-attack with another of his back-heeled passes and wins a free kick after collecting the return pass from Muntari.
14' Adriano's thunderbolt shot hits the AC wall. His second shot isn't far wide of Abbiati's left-hand post.
12' Ibrahimovic's free kick comes back off the wall. His second effort is over the bar.
12' David Beckham's first Milan derby ends here. On comes Filippo Inzaghi for the Englishman, who was struggling with a thigh problem.
11' Maicon goes on one of his marauding runs and wins us a free kick in a very inviting position after foul by Ambrosini.
9' Milan win a free kick about 30 yards from goal. Beckham and Pirlo hover over the ball but it's the Italian who takes it and his effort is wide.
7' Ronaldinho floats over to Seedorf at the back post and the Dutchman crashes wide his angled shot.
5' Julio Cesar makes a save from Ronaldinho, with Seedorf perfectly positioned to divert home the Brazilian's effort.
4' End to end stuff in San Siro as Ibrahimovic runs on to Cambiasso's long-range pass and overhits his cross for Adriano.
3' At the other end Zambrotta shoots straight at Julio Cesar after one-twoing with Ronaldinho.
2' Adriano has a chance to wrap up the points after Kaldaze slips but he shoots wide with just Abbiati to beat.
1' Inter get the second half going.
1' Walter Samuel is booked for a foul from behind on Pato.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.71
5 shots on target 7
13 shots off target 5
23 fouls committed 18
6 corners 7
2 offsides 6
22:34 ball possession 29:53
Mourinho v Ancelotti

The two coaches have crossed swords in a competitive fixture on two previous occasions: in Milan on 28 September 2008 when AC Milan beat Inter 1-0 in Italy's Serie A, and in Montecarlo on 29 August 2003 when Ancelotti's Rossoneri defeated Mourinho's Porto 1-0 in the European Super Cup with Shevchenko scoring the winning goal in the 10th minute.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-AC Milan ---- 0-1
2003 European Super Cup Porto-AC Milan ---- 0-1

Mourinho v AC Milan

José Mourinho has faced AC Milan in a competitive fixture on two previous occasions, losing 1-0 to the Rossoneri in Serie A last September and losing to Porto by the same score in the European Super Cup in 2003.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Milan ---- 0-1

Ancelotti v Inter

Carlo Ancelotti has won 15, drawn 5 and lost 7 of his 27 competitive fixtures against the Nerazzurri. His Milan teams have scored in every away match against their cross-city rivals, netting 13 goals in 8 derbies.

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 AC Milan-Inter 0-1 ----
2002/03 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 1-0 1-0
2002/03 Champions League AC Milan-Inter 0-0 1-1
2003/04 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 3-2 3-1
2004/05 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 0-0 1-0
2004/05 Champions League AC Milan-Inter 2-0 3-0 (forfeit win)
2005/06 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 1-0 2-3
2006/07 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 3-4 1-2
2007/08 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 2-1 1-2
2008/09 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 1-0 ----

Inter's home form in Serie A

Inter have lost just one of their last 33 league fixtures at home (Inter 1-2 Juventus on 22 March 2008), winning 26 and drawing 6 of the other 32. The Nerazzurri have failed to score in only one of their last 68 league games at home (Inter 0-0 Genoa on 26 October 2008), scoring 146 goals in the other 67 matches.

Inter on target in last 14 league games

The last time the Nerazzurri failed to hit the target in a Serie A fixture was last 29 October when Mourinho's team were held 0-0 by Fiorentina in Florence. Inter have since played 14 Serie A games, scoring a total of 27 goals.

Mourinho & substitutions

José Mourinho is one of two 2008/09 Serie A coaches to have used all 69 substitutions after 23 rounds of games. The other is Chievo's Domenico Di Carlo.

AC on target in 10 consecutive Milan derbies

AC Milan have scored in the last 10 Milan derbies (10 in Serie A, 2 in UCL), netting a total of 17 goals. The Rossoneri last failed to score in a derby on 24 October 2004 which ended in a goalless draw. In away matches against Inter, AC have scored in all 13 encounters since their 1-0 Coppa Italia defeat on 21 January 1998.

Jankulovski set for milestone appearance

If selected to play against Inter, Marek Jankulovski will make his 200th appearance in Italy's top flight. The Czech Republic defender, who has played Serie A football for Napoli, Udinese and AC Milan, made his debut in Lecce 1-1 Napoli on 1 November 2000.

Milan's 22-game scoring streak

AC Milan have scored in each of their last 22 competitive matches, scoring a total of 41 goals. Their last game without scoring was the 0-0 draw at Cagliari on 5 October 2008.

wins(37) draws(31) defeats(31)

MILAN - Adriano and Dejan Stankovic scored first-half goals to give Inter victory in the 270th Milan derby as José Mourinho's men defended doggedly after Pato reduced the arrears to set up a thrilling finale.

The result sees the Nerazzurri increase their lead over second-placed Juventus to nine points, and open up a massive eleven-point gap over their city rivals.

The eagerly-awaited derby sprang to life in the 18th minute when Ibrahimovic played in Cambiasso and the Argentine swung in a cross for Stankovic who hesitated before shooting, allowing Ambrosini to make a last-gasp interception.

Ronaldinho, scorer of the winner in the reverse fixture last September, showed he relishes Milan derbies, twice setting up Pato whose second effort took a deflection off Santon, forcing Julio Cesar into a difficult save.

Inter soaked up a period of Rossoneri pressure and delivered the perfect reply inside the half hour when Maicon's pinpoint delivery from the right was headed home by Adriano.

Stankovic made amends for his earlier miss just before the break to put Inter firmly in control, firing first time past Abbiati after a headed assist from Ibrahimovic.

Adriano had a chance to wrap up the points seconds after the restart but he stroked his shot wide with just Abbiati to beat.

The Rossoneri keeper then said no to Ibrahimovic with terrific one-handed save, with Adriano hooking behind his spectacular shot from the resulting corner as Inter continued to have the upper hand.

But Milan rallied and set up a dramatic finale when Pato sidefooted home Jankulovski's pull-back from Ronaldinho's pass in the 71st minute.

Adriano had a further chance to kill off the game but was denied by Abbiati after shaking off a challenge from derby veteran Maldini.

Inter endured sustained pressure as Filippo Inzaghi saw plenty of action after coming on for derby debutant David Beckham. The Italian volleyed home Pato's cross, only for the offside flag to go up, and was caught offside again minutes later when he headed over Zambrotta's delivery.

Inzaghi went closest in time added on with a low shot that Julio Cesar saved with the tip of his toe.  

Inter 2-1 AC Milan

Scorers: Adriano 29, Stankovic 43, Pato 71.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari (6 Maxwell 88); 5 Stankovic (16 Burdisso 84); 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano (14 Vieira 80).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 7 Figo, 9 Cruz.
Coach: José Mourinho.

AC Milan: 12 Abbiati; 15 Zambrotta, 3 Maldini, 4 Kaladze (24 Senderos 77), 18 Jankulovski; 32 Beckham (9 Inzaghi 57), 21 Pirlo, 23 Ambrosini; 10 Seedorf, 80 Ronaldinho; 7 Pato.
Subs not used: 1 Dida, 5 Emerson, 19 Favalli, 77 Antonini, 84 Flamini.
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti.

Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Turin).

Booked: Ambrosini 45, Samuel 46, Cambiasso 70, Burdisso 84, Vieira 88, Julio Cesar 90+2.

Attendance: 76,178.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Abbiati
Maicon 13 Zambrotta
Samuel 25 Maldini
Chivu 26 Kaladze
Santon 39 Jankulovski
Zanetti 4 Beckham
Cambiasso 19 Pirlo
Muntari 20 Ambrosini
Stankovic 5 Seedorf
Ibrahimovic 8 Ronaldinho
Adriano 10 Pato


Toldo 1 Dida
Cordoba 2 Emerson
Maxwell 6 Inzaghi
Figo 7 Favalli
Cruz 9 Senderos
Vieira 14 Antonini
Burdisso 16 Flamini