MILAN – Inter and Milan have faced each other 172 times in Serie A, with the Nerazzurri’s record against their cross-city rivals reading as follows: 66 wins, 55 draws and 51 defeats. In total, Inter have scored 232 Derby goals. Saturday’s 18:00 CEST kick-off between the two sides will take place on matchday four.
1) How many of the last four Derby fixtures played in October have Inter won?
Inter are enjoying an excellent run against Milan: the Nerazzurri have won five and drawn three of their last eight league fixtures against their cross-city rivals. The last Derby fixture played in October took place in 2018: it finished 1-0 to the Nerazzurri. These were the results of the last four Derbies that took place in October:
21/10/2018 | Inter 1-0 Milan
15/10/2017 | Inter 3-2 Milan
07/10/2012 | Milan 0-1 Inter
28/10/2006 | Milan 3-4 Inter
2) The Derby fixture that had the most goals ended in a 6-5 victory for Inter: what season did this match take place?
At the beginning of the 1949/50 campaign, Inter emerged victorious in what has gone down in history as the most incredible #DerbyMilano of all time. To this day, it remains the highest scoring Derby fixture. “A dream-like event at San Siro” was the title used by the Gazzetta dello Sport to describe the Nerazzurri’s remarkable 6-5 win. A victory was achieved despite a particularly difficult start: the Rossoneri were two up inside seven minutes (a brace from Candiani, a former Inter player) before extending their advantage to 4-1 after 19 minutes: after Nyers had pulled one back, Nordahl and Liedholm got on the scoresheet for Milan. The Nerazzurri then roared back: Nyers’ second of the game was sandwiched between two goals from Amadei to bring Inter back on level terms. In the 58th minute, Benito Veleno Lorenzi gave the Nerazzurri the lead for the first time, only for Annovazzi to equalise a minute later. Then, with 64 minutes on the clock, Amadei completed his hat-trick to give Inter an incredible win.
3) Who is the Inter Coach to have won the most Derby fixtures (eight) in all competitions?
Helenio Herrera, who sat in the Inter dugout from 1960 to 1968 and then for part of the 1973/74 season, won eight Derbies: the biggest wins with the Wizard in charge came in March 1965, when Inter ran out 5-2 winners (Jair, Domenghini, Corso, a brace from Mazzola), and April 1967, when the Nerazzurri secured a 4-0 victory (Cappellini, Facchetti, Suarez, Domenghini).
4) Who are Inter’s most prolific goalscorers in Derby matches against Milan?
Giuseppe Meazza (12 goals) and Istvan Nyers (11 goals)
The most prolific goalscorer in the history of the Milan Derby is Andry Shevchenko: the current Ukraine Head Coach managed to score 14 goals in the cross-city clash. Next in the list are Giuseppe Meazza with 13 (twelve for Inter and one in the Rossoneri shirt) and Istvan Nyers (eleven goals, alongside Gunnar Nordahl).
5) Which player from Inter’s current squad has been involved in the most goals (one goal, three assists) against Milan in Serie A?
Ivan Perisic has contributed to four Derby goals against Milan. He managed to get on the scoresheet himself in Milan 2-2 Inter in 2016, finding the net in the 93rd minute following a Nerazzurri corner. In the same match, he set up Candreva to score and make it 1-1. Perisic has registered two further assists in Derby fixtures. Both of these were for Icardi, first in the 2-2 draw in April 2017 and then in Inter’s 3-2 win in October of the same year.
6) From the 2004/05 season, who has scored the latest Inter goal in a Serie A Derby?
In his first season at Inter, Romelu Lukaku left his mark in both Derby fixtures in Serie A. During the Nerazzurri’s 4-2 win in February, the Belgian striker put the game to bed, heading home Moses’ cross with 93 minutes on the clock. Adriano (2005, 3-2), Perisic (2016, 2-2) and Icardi (2017, 3-2) have also bagged late goals in the past 15 years.
7) Who scored Inter’s last goal from the penalty spot in a Derby match against Milan in Serie A?
A precise and powerful right-footed strike to beat Donnarumma: Lautaro Martinez scored the last penalty that Inter were awarded in a Derby fixture. It came in the Nerazzurri’s 3-2 away win in March 2019.
8) Which is the Nerazzurri player with the most Derby appearances throughout history?
Paolo Maldini (56 matches) is the man who holds the record for the most Derby appearances. As for Inter, Javier Zanetti leads the way having played 47 Derbies during his career, three more than Giuseppe Bergomi. Zanetti managed to score in the fixture when the two teams played out a 2-2 draw during the 1998/99 season.