AC Milan vs Internazionale – Football Match Report – November 7, 2021

AC Milan continued their unbeaten start to the Serie A season with a 1-1 draw against Inter Milan in an exciting game Madonnina Derby on Sunday, maintaining the Rossoneriseven points ahead of the reigning Italian champions.

Hakan Calhanoglu, who crossed the divide by joining Inter on a free transfer from Milan this summer, quickly won against his former employers by winning and scoring a penalty in the 11th minute.

But Stefan de Vrij headed for his own net to equalize the Rossoneri six minutes later, before Milan goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu superbly saved a Lautaro Martinez penalty in a frenzied first half.

Milan substitute Alexis Saelemaekers was inches from a stunning winner in the 90th minute when his powerful strike took off from the post, as Stefano Pioli’s side dropped points for the second time this season in the league.

“The glass is half full, it was a complicated game. In the end, the performance was positive against a strong team, but we showed that we are also strong,” Pioli told DAZN.

“We were brave, especially in the defensive phase. We attacked with a lot of players in the first half and showed a great desire for a big result. Only us and Napoli are still unbeaten in the best European leagues.”

Milan remain second with 32 points, behind leaders Napoli on goal difference, while champions Inter are third with 25 points.

This is the first time the Rossoneri have recorded up to 32 points after 12 games of a Serie A season in the three points for an era of victory.

The stakes were high for both sides, with Milan fortunate enough to be ten points ahead of one of their main title rivals and Inter in desperate need of a result to keep up their hopes of a successful defense of the Scudetto.

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi therefore saw the result in a different light than his Milan counterpart Pioli.

“For us, the glass is half empty because with the chances we created and the penalty we missed, we deserved more,” Inzaghi told DAZN.

“But we were up against a great team who are rightly at the top of the table. We are lagging behind, but there is still time and games like this make us more aware of ourselves.”

The game started off with a bang when Calhanoglu was tripped up by Franck Kessie to win a penalty, which he transformed before celebrating in front of supporters at Milan, the club he represented for four years.

Inter’s lead lasted just six minutes before De Vrij steered a dangerous cross into his own net, but the Nerazzurri had a golden chance to regain the lead when Fode Ballo-Toure knocked it down Matteo Darmian to concede a second shot on goal.

This time, Martinez stepped up, but the Argentina international’s effort was saved by Tatarusanu, who leapt to his right to get his hands on the shot.

Inter increased the pressure as Nicolo Barella had a clear shot from the line and Martinez shot wide from a promising position, and after the break no one was able to touch Calhanoglu’s dangerous punched volley through the box six meters.

Milan finished the strongest as a free kick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic required a smart save from Samir Handanovic, but Saelemaekers came close when his shot hit the post and Kessie sent the rebound wide.

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