Inter’s 3-0 win over AC Milan in the Derby took the Nerazzurri to 53 points in the league, four ahead of the Rossoneri in second. The three goals scored confirm the Nerazzurri as the best attack in Serie A: 57 goals scored in 23 games. They only scored more in the first 23 matchdays in 1949/50 and 1950/51.
INTER AND THE DERBY: DOUBLE TRIOS
Inter have won three consecutive away Derbies against AC Milan. 3-1 in March 2019, 2-0 last season and this 3-0 victory. This run hasn’t happened for 30 years, since the Nerazzurri won 1-0 in 1988/89, 3-1 in 1989/90 and 1-0 in 1990/91.
The last time AC Milan vs. Inter ended 3-0 to the away side was in 1998, in that unforgettable night with Simeone (2) and Ronaldo on the scoresheet. Meanwhile, Inter hadn’t won a Derby by at least three goals since 2009: AC Milan 0-4 Inter.
LUKAKU SCORES IN 5 CONSECUTIVE DERBIES: THE FIRST IN HISTORY
Unreal: five Derbies played and five goals, scoring in each of his games against the Rossoneri. Romelu Lukaku made Derby di Milano history, becoming the first player ever to score in five consecutive Derbies. Romelu bagged in the 2-0 and 4-2 wins last season, then in the 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture this season, as well as the 2-1 win the Coppa Italia and this 3-0 victory.
In terms of Serie A, the last player to score in four consecutive Derbies in the league before Romelu was Benito ‘Veleno’ Lorenzi in 1950.
LAUTARO SHOW: BRACE AND YOUNG AGE
As always, Romelu Lukaku perfectly complemented Lautaro Martinez’s performance. The strike partnership have assisted each other six times in the league this season, with the Belgian providing four of his five total assists to the Argentine.
Lautaro, who scored his sixth brace in an Inter shirt, scored goals number 2 and 3 in the Derby, after the penalty in March 2019. Lautaro has scored 13 goals and provided four assists in the league this season for a total of 17 goal involvements, as many as the whole of last season. Of these 13 goals, Lautaro has scored three with his head; no other player has scored as many headers in Serie A in the current campaign. Headers are certainly a specialty of the Nerazzurri; Inter have scored a total of 11 headed goals this season, more than any other side.
But it’s Lautaro’s presence against AC Milan that offers up the juiciest stat: the Argentine striker, at 23 years and 182 days old, became the second-youngest foreigner to score a brace in a league Derby. The only player to score a brace at a younger age was Lennart Skoglund in Inter’s 3-2 win on 12 November 1950.
Speaking of braces, the Argentine tradition continues for the Nerazzurri. The last two players to score more than one goal in the same Derby were Diego Milito and Mauro Icardi.
Lautaro’s first goal came before the five-minute mark; in 2019, Vecino needed three minutes to open the scoring in the Nerazzurri’s 3-2 win.