Final score

15 January 2012 20:45

AC Milan
0 - 1
9' (2nd half) Milito
Referee: Daniele Orsato / Linesmen: Copelli, Romagnoli / Fourth official: Mazzoleni
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47' After two minutes of injury time the 1st half ends at 0-0 between AC Milan and Inter
45' Referee Orsato signals for 2 minutes of injury time
45' A shot from Van Bommel smacks off the crossbar. The ball then falls to Emanuelson whose shot is pushed wide by Julio Cesar for a corner
44' Ibra shoots wide
43' Nesta closes down again on Alvarez
41' Boateng shoots from 25 metres but fails to find the net
40' Big chance for Inter as Nagatomo crosses to Alvarez, who sees Abbiati save with his feet
38' Nagatomo stops Abate on the wing
37' Lucio closes down Emanuelson
32' Cross from Boateng, back-heel from Ibra, ball goes over the bar
26' Nesta seeks out Ibra but Julio Cesar gets there first
24' Samuel closes down on Pato
23' A one-two between Maicon and Milito is closed down by Nesta
20' Boateng shoots over the bar with his right
18' Maicon takes a free kick, Samuel is beaten to the ball, Alvarez gathers and shoots but it's blocked
17' Van Bommel passes to Pato. Offside
14' A long pass into the box for Nocerino and Zanetti clears for a corner. Julio Cesar clears it partially and then Ibra tries to move in on goal. Nothing comes of it
13' A ball from Boateng hits Motta who remains down. He's back up and all is OK
11' Boateng volleys with his right, touched by Emanuelson before Pato shoots well over the bar
10' Ibra shoots with his left but Julio Cesar makes the save on the ground
5' Maicon takes a free kick; Thiago Motta heads it in but the goal is disallowed for offside
4' Van Bommel with a nasty foul on Pazzini
3' Inter counterattack through Lucio who serves Maicon before AC Milan close them down
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza: everything is ready for the derby!
1' The Rossoneri take the opening kickoff. Let the derby begin!
1' In midfield are Zanetti, Motta, Cambiasso and Alvarez with Milito and Pazzini in attack
1' Against AC Milan, Ranieri is fielding Lucio and Samuel in central defence, with Julio Cesar in goal and Maicon and Nagatomo as full-backs
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48' After 3 minutes of injury time the match ends AC Milan 0-1 Inter. The Nerazzurri now have 32 points after their derby victory
47' El Shaarawy receives a yellow card for a foul on Lucio
45' The referee Orsato signals for 3 minutes of injury time
45' Substitution for Inter: Pazzini comes off for Forlan
44' Thiago Motta receives a yellow card
39' Ibra flagged for offside
39' A chance for AC Milan as Robinho hits a first-time shot at Julio Cesar
38' Substitution for AC Milan: Pato comes off for El Shaarawy
38' Julio Cesar makes a diving save to stop Seedorf's powerful right-footer
35' Substitution for AC Milan: Nocerino comes off for Seedorf
35' Emanuel clears as far as Zanetti whose left-footer is off target
32' Ibra crosses to Nocerino who passes on the turn to Pato; his shot is saved by Julio Cesar
31' Substitution for Inter: Milito comes off for Sneijder
27' Naga receives the ball from Milito and shoots into Abbiati's arms
26' Ibra's right-footer from Van Bommel's cross goes just wide
26' Chivu blocks Boateng's cross to give away a corner
23' Nesta receives a yellow card for a foul on Milito
22' Substitution for Inter: Alvarez comes off for Chivu
21' Substitution for AC Milan: Zambrotta comes off for Robinho
19' Boateng receives a yellow card for a foul on Nagatomo
18' Julio Cesar punches away an attempt from Ibra
17' Thiago Silva clears weakly from Pazzini. Alvarez's left-footed attempt is struck poorly
16' Right-footer from Nagatomo is deflected just wide
14' Abbiati goes low to save a shot from Alvarez
9' GOAL INTER: Alvarez crosses from the right, mis-cleared by Abate. Milito carries the ball forward and scores with his left
6' Van Bommel crosses to Boateng, cleared away by Samuel
4' Lucio cuts out a cross from Boateng
1' The second half is now underway
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.9
5 shots on target 4
7 shots off target 6
16 fouls committed 8
11 corners 2
2 offsides 1
67% ball possession 33%
Allegri v Ranieri: away team (nearly) always victorious; Ranieri's sides always score

This is the fifth match-up between Allegri and Ranieri in competitive fixtures, with 1 win for Allegri, 1 draw and 2 wins for Ranieri. All three victories were obtained by the away side. In the 4 previous games Ranieri's teams have always been on target, netting 6 goals in the process.

Allegri always successful in Milan derby

This is the eighth time Allegri has met Inter in competitive fixtures as a coach: the current Rossoneri coach has won 4, drawn 1 and lost 2 of the 7 previous encounters. He has won all 3 of the Milan derbies he has been involved in so far.

Serie A's biggest goal cooperatives go head to head...

Inter have had more different goalscorers (14) than any other team in Serie A 2011/12. The 14 Nerazzurri to have hit the net this season are Alvarez, Cambiasso, Castaignos, Coutinho, Faraoni, Forlan, Lucio, Maicon, Milito, Nagatomo, Pazzini, Ranocchia, Sneijder and Thiago Motta. Right behind Inter in this particular goalscorers' chart are AC Milan, who have had 13 different players on the score sheet: Aquilani, Boateng, Cassano, El Shaarawy, Ibrahimovic, Nesta, Nocerino, Pato, Robinho, Seedorf, Thiago Silva, Yepes and Zambrotta.

... and the highest-scoring subs' benches

Inter, along with ChievoVerona, have hit the target through substitutes more times (5) than any other side in Serie A 2011/12. The Nerazzurri who have scored after coming off the bench are Milito (2), Cambiasso, Castaignos and Faraoni (1 apiece). AC Milan have scored 4 goals through substitutes: Boateng (3) and El Shaarawy (1).

AC Milan unbeaten at home in Serie A in over a year... last defeat by Ranieri!

The last time AC Milan lost at home in Serie A was on 18 December 2010 when Roma – coached by Claudio Ranieri - edged a 0-1 win. In the 18 home games played in the league since then, the Rossoneri have racked up 13 wins and 5 draws.

Milito's 200th time with Italian clubs

Should he feature today, Diego Alberto Milito will celebrate his 200th appearance in competitive fixtures while playing for Italian clubs. His previous 199 appearances (playing for Genoa and Inter) are divided as follows: 102 in Serie A, 59 in Serie B, 12 in Coppa Italia, 21 in European cup competitions and 5 in other tournaments. Milito made his debut in Italy on 1 February 2004 in Genoa 1-1 Ascoli (Serie B).

Inter's 14-match scoring streak on the road

Inter have scored at least once in each of their last 14 competitive away fixtures, netting 21 goals in the process. The last time the Nerazzurri failed to score away from home was on 16 April, when the lost 2-0 at Parma (Serie A).

Penalties at different ends for AC Milan and Inter

AC Milan have been awarded more penalties than any other team in the 2011/12 Serie A campaign: 6, all of which were converted. Inter are one of two sides in Serie A 2011/12 (along with Cesena) to have had the most penalties given against them: 6, with 3 scored and 3 missed.

No derby draws since 2004

The last time a competitive match between the two Milan sides finished all square was on 24 October 2004, when a goalless draw was played out in a Serie A fixture at the Meazza (with AC Milan "at home"). In the 16 competitive fixtures played since then, there have been 9 wins for the Rossoneri and 7 for the Nerazzurri.

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

MILAN - If AC Milan's last home loss in the Serie A came courtesy of the work of Claudio Ranieri (on 18 December 2010) then there must be a reason. Well, there is. And today the Nerazzurri coach did it again thanks to a goal from Diego Milito that decided the derby against AC Milan in the Week 18 match of the 2011/12 Serie A season. The Nerazzurri now have 32 points and their path restarts here.

There were two chances for each team in the first half of the match at the San Siro: a goal from Thiago Motta disallowed for Samuel and Milito being offside in the 5th minute followed by a super save from Abbiati on a shot from Alvarez. The Rossoneri hit the crossbar through Van Bommel with Emanuelson touching the ball just over in the 45th minute. It was then El Principe who opened the scoring just 9 minutes into the second half with a surgical left-footer that sealed the match for Inter at 1-0.

FIRST HALF - In his first Milan derby, Ranieri cleared up any doubts and named the same formation that defeated Parma in the previous game, preferring Alvarez to Sneijder, who began on the bench, and entrusting the attack to the pair of Milito and Pazzini (with the Argentine playing his 200th competitive match in his professional career in Italy). Allegri chose Pato up top with Ibrahimovic, while Emanuelson acted as playmaker behind them. A sold-out San Siro observed a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the shipwreck tragedy off the coast of the Isola del Giglio and Nicholas Savarino, a local police officer hit and killed by an SUV in Milan.

Lucio provided the first spark in the 3rd minute, stealing the ball from Zambrotta and quickly launching a counterattack for Inter that saw Maicon cross low into the box, only for the Rossoneri to intercept the ball. Just a couple minutes later van Bommel's foul on Pazzini gave a free kick to Inter that was taken by Maicon; Thiago Motta moved forward from deep to head into the goal but his effort was disallowed due to Samuel and Milito being in an offside position, despite not influencing the play. Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed himself to be dangerous from the edge of the box when Julio Cesar dropped low to save his effort, but even more dangerous was the triangular play between Boateng, Emanuelson and Pato that ended with the Brazilian volleying high. On 20 minutes Cambiasso blocked a shot from Pato to give up a corner kick, from which Boateng nearly pierced the Nerazzurri defence, only to see his right-footer on the turn go just over. The one-two between Maicon and Milito sent Inter in front of the goal before Nesta closed down, just as Samuel did on Pato at the other end on an inviting low cross from Ibrahimovic. In the 32nd minute the Swede demonstrated some of the skills he learned from taekwondo when he sent his back-heeled effort over the bar from Boateng's cross. Inter came very close to scoring in the 39th minute when Nagatomo's cross found Alvarez in front of the goal; the Argentine controlled with his right before trying to place a shot with his left that Abbiati blocked with his feet. On 45 minutes there were two chances for AC Milan when van Bommel hit the crossbar before the rebound fell to Emanuelson, whose left-footed volley forced a save from Julio Cesar. After 2 minutes of injury time the half ended at 0-0.

SECOND HALF – The teams came out of the dressing room and took to the pitch with the same 22 players, but with a Milito soon to set off the fireworks; he sent the Nerazzurri fans in the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza into rapture when, after Abate failed to clear a cross from Alvarez, he placed an unstoppable left-footed shot past Abbiati and inside the far post to make it 0-1. However, it was a right-footer from Nagatomo, deflecting off of Nesta, that saw the Rossoneri keeper dive to push out the ball for a corner seven minutes later. Next it was Julio Cesar's turn to do his part and punch away a teasing cross from Ibra with Pato lurking nearby. Nagatomo, served by Milito, cut inside from the left and shot, but his effort was too central to bother Abbiati. Then, 76 minutes into the match and after two and a half months away, Sneijder returned to the pitch, coming on for Milito, who exited to a warm round of applause. Julio Cesar showed again why he is so decisive when a creative Ibra passed to Nocerino, who dished the ball to Pato on the turn, but the Brazilian's touch was thwarted by his compatriot in the Nerazzurri goal. Julio Cesar was again called into action on back-to-back chances from AC Milan: in the 83rd minute he punched away Seedorf's shot from distance, followed by a scramble to close down Ibra, served by Robinho, before the referee Orsato whistled the Swede for being in an offside position. Then after three minutes of injury time Orsato whistled again to bring the derby to an end, with Inter walking out victorious.

Inter 0-1 AC Milan (HT: 0-0)
Scorer: Milito 54.

AC Milan: 32 Abbiati; 20 Abate, 13 Nesta, 33 Thiago Silva, 19 Zambrotta (Robinho 66); 27 Boateng, 4 Van Bommel, 22 Nocerino (Seedorf 90); 28 Emanuelson; 7 Pato (El Shaarawy 83), 11 Ibrahimovic.
Unused subs: 1 Amelia, 5 Mexes, 23 Ambrosini, 25 Bonera.
Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 55 Nagatomo; 4 Zanetti, 8 Thiago Motta, 19 Cambiasso, 11 Alvarez (Chivu 67); 22 Milito (Sneijder 76), 7 Pazzini (Forlan 90).
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 20 Obi, 23 Ranocchia, 37 Faraoni.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.

Referee: Daniel Orsato (Schio).
Booked: Nagatomo 64, Nesta 68, Thiago Motta 89, El Shaarawy 90+2.
Added time: 2+3 minutes.

starting lineups

Abbiati 1 Julio Cesar
Abate 13 Maicon
Nesta 6 Lucio
Thiago Silva 25 Samuel
Zambrotta 55 Nagatomo
Boateng 4 Zanetti
Van Bommel 8 Motta
Nocerino 19 Cambiasso
Emanuelson 11 Alvarez
Pato 22 Milito
Ibrahimovic 7 Pazzini


Amelia 12 Castellazzi
Mexes 23 Ranocchia
Seedorf 26 Chivu
Ambrosini 37 Faraoni
Bonera 10 Sneijder
Robinho 20 Obi
El Shaarawy 9 Forlan