AC Milan maintained their hopes of European qualification with a narrow Derby della Madonnina win against Serie A rivals Inter Milan.

Netherlands midfielder Nigel De Jong clinched victory for Milan when he powered in a header from Mario Balotelli's free-kick.

Eighth-placed Milan are now just three points adrift of Inter, who are fifth.

Finishing sixth will seal a spot in next season's Europa League for seven-time European champions Milan.

Inspirational Seedorf

AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf was playing for the Rossoneri on the last occasion - in April 2011 - they beat Inter

Milan, who started the match in 10th position, are a point behind sixth-placed Torino with two matches remaining after their first win over Inter since April 2011.

Dutch coach Clarence Seedorf has catapulted Milan - struggling in the bottom half when he replaced Massimiliano Allegri in January - into European contention by leading them to a sixth win in their last seven league matches.

The hosts dominated the first half at the San Siro, with Brazil attacking midfielder Kaka striking the bar with a superb half-volley.

French defender Phillipe Mexes went close when he headed wide Kaka's 60th-minute corner, before De Jong opened the scoring just five minutes later.

The ex-Manchester City man found space in a packed penalty area to meet Balotelli's indirect free-kick from out wide with a bullet header.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Milan

  • 32 Abbiati Booked
  • 02 De Sciglio
  • 21 Constant (Abate - 86' )
  • 34 de Jong Booked
  • 13 Rami
  • 05 Mexes Booked
  • 16 Poli (Muntari - 72' )
  • 23 Taarabt
  • 22 Kaká (Pazzini - 76' )
  • 45 Balotelli
  • 18 Montolivo

Substitutes

  • 01 Amelia
  • 04 Muntari
  • 07 Robinho
  • 10 Honda
  • 11 Pazzini
  • 15 Essien
  • 17 Zapata
  • 20 Abate
  • 25 Bonera
  • 28 Emanuelson
  • 59 Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 92 El Shaarawy

Internazionale

  • 01 Handanovic
  • 02 Cicero Moreira (Álvarez - 78' )
  • 55 Nagatomo
  • 35 Rolando
  • 25 Samuel Booked
  • 23 Ranocchia Booked
  • 88 Hernanes
  • 10 Kovacic
  • 08 Palacio
  • 09 Icardi (Milito - 82' )
  • 19 Cambiasso Booked (Guarín - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Zanetti
  • 06 Andreolli
  • 11 Álvarez
  • 12 Castellazzi
  • 13 Guarín
  • 14 Campagnaro
  • 17 Kuzmanovic
  • 20 Botta
  • 21 Taïder
  • 22 Milito
  • 30 Carrizo
  • 33 D'Ambrosio
Ref: Mauro Bergonzi
Att: 73,855

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

4 0

Corners

5 5

Fouls

16 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Milan 1, Inter Milan 0.

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Milan 1, Inter Milan 0.

90:00 +3:35

Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:35

Foul by Walter Samuel (Inter Milan).

90:00 +1:42 Booking

Booking Christian Abbiati (Milan) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:17

Attempt missed. Diego Milito (Inter Milan) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hernanes with a cross following a set piece situation.

90:00 +0:36

Foul by Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan).

90:00 +0:36

Ricardo Álvarez (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:49 Booking

Booking Nigel de Jong (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:46

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Milan).

88:46

Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Ignazio Abate replaces Kevin Constant.

83:13

Attempt missed. Ricardo Álvarez (Inter Milan) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rolando.

81:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inter Milan. Diego Milito replaces Mauro Icardi.

80:11

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:22 Booking

Booking Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

79:18

Hand ball by Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan).

78:35

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:35

Foul by Walter Samuel (Inter Milan).

78:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inter Milan. Ricardo Álvarez replaces Jonathan.

77:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76:35

Delay in match (Milan).

76:11

Offside, Milan. Mario Balotelli tries a through ball, but Giampaolo Pazzini is caught offside.

76:10

Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sulley Ali Muntari.

75:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Giampaolo Pazzini replaces Kaká.

74:08 Booking

Booking Walter Samuel (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:03

Sulley Ali Muntari (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:03

Foul by Walter Samuel (Inter Milan).

73:19

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Adil Rami.

73:18

Attempt blocked. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan with a cross.

71:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Sulley Ali Muntari replaces Andrea Poli.

70:57

Attempt blocked. Kaká (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

69:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inter Milan. Fredy Guarín replaces Esteban Cambiasso.

69:04

Attempt blocked. Hernanes (Inter Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Esteban Cambiasso.

67:16

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Nigel de Jong.

67:13

Attempt blocked. Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hernanes with a through ball.

66:46

Foul by Kaká (Milan).

66:46

Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Milan 1, Inter Milan 0. Nigel de Jong (Milan) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mario Balotelli with a cross following a set piece situation.

63:53

Adel Taarabt (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:53

Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan).

60:06

Kaká (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:06

Foul by Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan).

58:37

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Milan).

58:37

Hernanes (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:12

Attempt missed. Philippe Mexes (Milan) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kaká with a cross following a corner.

57:51

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Mauro Icardi.

56:51

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Mateo Kovacic.

54:12

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Adel Taarabt.

53:57

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Nigel de Jong.

53:24

Foul by Andrea Poli (Milan).

53:24

Walter Samuel (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:31

Foul by Riccardo Montolivo (Milan).

52:31

Hernanes (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:53

Kaká (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:53

Foul by Rolando (Inter Milan).

50:59

Attempt blocked. Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yuto Nagatomo.

50:17

Foul by Mattia De Sciglio (Milan).

50:17

Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48:59

Andrea Poli (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:59

Foul by Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan).

48:38

Attempt missed. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hernanes following a corner.

48:09

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Philippe Mexes.

46:08

Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Milan 0, Inter Milan 0.

45:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Milan 0, Inter Milan 0.

44:33

Attempt missed. Kaká (Milan) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Adel Taarabt with a cross.

43:35

Attempt missed. Kaká (Milan) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high. Assisted by Mario Balotelli.

42:33

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Rolando.

42:30

Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

41:31

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:31

Foul by Walter Samuel (Inter Milan).

39:22 Booking

Booking Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36:16

Attempt saved. Kaká (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nigel de Jong with a through ball.

34:26

Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:26

Foul by Hernanes (Inter Milan).

32:28

Foul by Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan).

32:28

Philippe Mexes (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:08

Foul by Kaká (Milan).

32:08

Rolando (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:13

Foul by Adil Rami (Milan).

31:13

Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:39

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Andrea Ranocchia.

27:37

Attempt saved. Kaká (Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mario Balotelli.

26:30

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Nigel de Jong.

23:58

Attempt missed. Mattia De Sciglio (Milan) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adel Taarabt with a through ball.

23:26

Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:26

Foul by Hernanes (Inter Milan).

22:01

Offside, Inter Milan. Mateo Kovacic tries a through ball, but Rodrigo Palacio is caught offside.

21:11

Jonathan (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:11

Foul by Riccardo Montolivo (Milan).

19:45

Foul by Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan).

19:45

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:41

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

18:41

Walter Samuel (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:34 Booking

Booking Philippe Mexes (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

15:24

Foul by Philippe Mexes (Milan).

15:24

Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:30

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:30

Foul by Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan).

10:55

Attempt missed. Adel Taarabt (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kaká.

8:15

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Milan).

8:15

Hernanes (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:03

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Jonathan.

5:54

Foul by Andrea Poli (Milan).

5:54

Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:56

Foul by Walter Samuel (Inter Milan).

3:56

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:04

Rolando (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:04

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

0:38

Jonathan (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:38

Foul by Philippe Mexes (Milan).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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