Mauro Icardi's late goal sees Inter past AC Milan in derby
Inter 1 - 0 AC Milan

Mauro Icardi's late goal sees Inter past AC Milan in derby

21/10/2018

Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi scored with a stoppage-time header to give his side a 1-0 win over neighbours AC Milan in their derby at San Siro on Sunday.

The match was heading for a tame goalless draw until Matias Vecino floated over a long cross from the right, Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was caught in no man's land and Icardi scored at the far post in the 92nd minute.

The Argentina forward, who missed two goals when the sides drew 0-0 in April in their previous meeting, had barely been involved in the game until that point, apart from having an early goal chalked off for offside.

Mateo Musacchio also had one disallowed for Milan just before half-time.

Inter went third in Serie A with 19 points from nine games, six behind leaders Juventus who drew 1-1 at home to Genoa on Saturday. Milan are 12th with 12 points, having played one game fewer.

Both coaches agreed that Inter deserved to win. "I wanted us to score earlier," said Inter coach Luciano Spalletti. "We obviously deserved to win as we spent most of the game in their half."

His opposite number Gennaro Gattuso agreed that "Inter did more to earn the points."

"The team did well, the only regret is we didn't exploit some counter-attacks towards the end. We have to look ahead, but it burns," Gattuso said.

Milan created very few chances and striker Gonzalo Higuain had to feed off scraps. The first half was a bad-tempered but entertaining affair while the second half was disappointing and was petering out until Icardi's goal from out of the blue.

Tempers flared when Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia caught his opposite number Radja Nainggolan with a late tackle from behind and both players went down injured.

Biglia was booked and an angry Nainggolan had to go off shortly afterwards.

Despite losing the combative Belgian, Inter were enjoying the better of the first half and defender Stefan de Vrij volleyed against the post, then a last-ditch tackle by Alessio Romagnoli denied Icardi a scoring chance.

Milan thought they had scored when Musacchio managed to turn the ball in at the far post just before half-time but the linesman flagged and replays showed he was offside when Romagnoli flicked the ball on.

Inter had a golden chance to go ahead from the next attack but Vecino fired wildly over from a free position after Ivan Perisic cut the ball back into the area.

Inter were more adventurous after half-time and lived up to their reputation of leaving it late - Icardi's goal was the seventh time they have scored in the last 15 minutes this season, more than any other Serie A side.

Related news

Cristiano Ronaldo secures Italian Super Cup glory for Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo secures Italian Super Cup glory for Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half goal secured a record eighth Italian Super Cup victory for Juventus as they beat AC Milan 1-0 in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah on Wednesday.

Arkadiusz Milik sets up Napoli win over Sassuolo in Coppa Italia

Arkadiusz Milik sets up Napoli win over Sassuolo in Coppa Italia

Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik scored one goal and provided an assist for another as his side beat Sassuolo 2-0 in a Coppa Italia round of 16 tie on Sunday.

Inter Milan thump Benevento in Coppa Italia match behind closed doors

Inter Milan thump Benevento in Coppa Italia match behind closed doors

Antonio Candreva and Lautaro Martinez scored two goals apiece as Inter Milan thumped Benevento 6-2 on Sunday in a Coppa Italia match played behind closed doors following racist insults aimed at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly last month.

Ronaldo starts from bench as Juventus ease into Coppa Italia quarters

Ronaldo starts from bench as Juventus ease into Coppa Italia quarters

Cristiano Ronaldo was among several regular players who didn't start though defending champion Juventus nevertheless eased into the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia on Saturday.

Patrick Cutrone sends Milan to Coppa Italia quarterfinals with double against Sampdoria

Patrick Cutrone sends Milan to Coppa Italia quarterfinals with double against Sampdoria

Patrick Cutrone came off the bench to fire AC Milan into the Coppa Italia quarterfinals on Saturday.

Milan and Higuain end goal droughts in win over SPAL

Milan and Higuain end goal droughts in win over SPAL

AC Milan ended a four-match goal drought and striker Gonzalo Higuain was on target for the first time in two months as they came from behind to beat SPAL 2-1 in Serie A on Saturday.

Napoli beat Bologna as Dries Mertens settles five-goal thriller at death

Napoli beat Bologna as Dries Mertens settles five-goal thriller at death

Napoli's Dries Mertens scored two minutes from time to give his second-placed side a 3-2 win over Bologna after the struggling visitors twice fought back to equalise in Serie A on Saturday.

Inter Milan earn hard-fought win over Empoli with Keita Balde strike

Inter Milan earn hard-fought win over Empoli with Keita Balde strike

Third-placed Inter Milan needed a second-half goal from Keita Balde to earn a hard-fought win away to lowly Empoli in Serie A on Saturday as midfielder Radja Nainggolan returned to the side following his suspension for indiscipline.

Cristiano Ronaldo double against Sampdoria gets Juventus back to winning ways

Cristiano Ronaldo double against Sampdoria gets Juventus back to winning ways

Cristiano Ronaldo scored either side of a Fabio Quagliarella penalty to earn Juventus a 2-1 win over Sampdoria as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) took centre stage in Turin.

RELATED NEWS

Cristiano Ronaldo secures Italian Super Cup glory for Juventus
Juventus 1 - 0 Milan

Cristiano Ronaldo secures Italian Super Cup glory for Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half goal secured a record eighth Italian Super Cup victory for Juventus as they beat AC Milan 1-0 in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah on Wednesday.

Arkadiusz Milik sets up Napoli win over Sassuolo in Coppa Italia
Napoli 2 - 0 Sassuolo

Arkadiusz Milik sets up Napoli win over Sassuolo in Coppa Italia

Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik scored one goal and provided an assist for another as his side beat Sassuolo 2-0 in a Coppa Italia round of 16 tie on Sunday.

Inter Milan thump Benevento in Coppa Italia match behind closed doors
Inter Milan 6 - 2 Benevento

Inter Milan thump Benevento in Coppa Italia match behind closed doors

Antonio Candreva and Lautaro Martinez scored two goals apiece as Inter Milan thumped Benevento 6-2 on Sunday in a Coppa Italia match played behind closed doors following racist insults aimed at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly last month.

Ronaldo starts from bench as Juventus ease into Coppa Italia quarters
Bologna 0 - 2 Juventus

Ronaldo starts from bench as Juventus ease into Coppa Italia quarters

Cristiano Ronaldo was among several regular players who didn't start though defending champion Juventus nevertheless eased into the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia on Saturday.

Patrick Cutrone sends Milan to Coppa Italia quarterfinals with double against Sampdoria
Sampdoria 0 - 2 Milan

Patrick Cutrone sends Milan to Coppa Italia quarterfinals with double against Sampdoria

Patrick Cutrone came off the bench to fire AC Milan into the Coppa Italia quarterfinals on Saturday.

Milan and Higuain end goal droughts in win over SPAL
Milan 2 - 1 SPAL

Milan and Higuain end goal droughts in win over SPAL

AC Milan ended a four-match goal drought and striker Gonzalo Higuain was on target for the first time in two months as they came from behind to beat SPAL 2-1 in Serie A on Saturday.

Napoli beat Bologna as Dries Mertens settles five-goal thriller at death
Napoli 3 - 2 Bologna

Napoli beat Bologna as Dries Mertens settles five-goal thriller at death

Napoli's Dries Mertens scored two minutes from time to give his second-placed side a 3-2 win over Bologna after the struggling visitors twice fought back to equalise in Serie A on Saturday.

Inter Milan earn hard-fought win over Empoli with Keita Balde strike
Empoli 0 - 1 Inter Milan

Inter Milan earn hard-fought win over Empoli with Keita Balde strike

Third-placed Inter Milan needed a second-half goal from Keita Balde to earn a hard-fought win away to lowly Empoli in Serie A on Saturday as midfielder Radja Nainggolan returned to the side following his suspension for indiscipline.

Cristiano Ronaldo double against Sampdoria gets Juventus back to winning ways
Juventus 2-1 Sampdoria

Cristiano Ronaldo double against Sampdoria gets Juventus back to winning ways

Cristiano Ronaldo scored either side of a Fabio Quagliarella penalty to earn Juventus a 2-1 win over Sampdoria as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) took centre stage in Turin.