Italian Serie A
Inter Milan1AC Milan0

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Fredy Guarin
Guarin made his move from Porto to Inter Milan permanent in 2012 after an initial loan

Mario Balotelli returned to action for AC Milan but could not prevent Inter Milan winning a closely fought derby.

Balotelli, back at the club on loan from Liverpool, hit the post after coming on as a substitute as a goal from Fredy Guarin moved Inter top.

Roberto Mancini's side maintained their 100% start by continuing their impressive recent record against their city rivals at the San Siro.

Colombian midfielder Guarin found the bottom corner from outside the area.

Is Mario back on track?

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli managed one Premier League goal last season for Liverpool

Without question, Milan carried much more of a goal threat after Balotelli's introduction just after the hour, and the 25-year-old drew praise for his performance from team-mates and his manager afterwards.

"The Mario Balotelli we saw tonight is the one we want to see every match," said AC Milan captain Riccardo Montolivo.

"He is training well. Let's give him time and then come Christmas we will see how he is getting on and how much he has changed."

The former Inter striker was immediately into the action, taking responsibility for set-pieces, striking the frame of the goal from outside the box and forcing a fine save from Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

Equally as importantly as he attempts to atone for an abject 12 months at Anfield, the Italy international refused to respond to Inter's attempts to provoke him during an encouraging cameo.

By doing so, he seemed to show the mental strength he says he requires to get his career back on track again. It has been reported that he has a good conduct clause in his contract, meaning he is banned from extravagant haircuts, smoking and visiting night clubs.

"He definitely did well after he came on," added Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic. "He is training well and will surely give us a big hand. He knows what he has to do, he has to continue working and now is not the time to judge him."

Are Inter serious title challengers?

Juventus have won the last four Serie A titles, but their shaky start to the season - one point from their opening three matches - could open the door to a title bid from another team this season.

And Inter could be that side, having made their best start to a season for 13 years, returning to the summit of Serie A after the latest victory.

It is now just one defeat in nine games against their fierce rivals, and Sunday provided further evidence of their ability to grind out wins when not playing to their maximum.

Line-ups

Inter Milan

  • 1Handanovic
  • 21Santon
  • 17Medel
  • 24Murillo
  • 5Nunes JesusBooked at 37minsSubstituted forTellesat 68'minutes
  • 13Guarín
  • 83Felipe MeloBooked at 63mins
  • 7Kondogbia
  • 44PerisicSubstituted forRanocchiaat 85'minutes
  • 9Icardi
  • 10JoveticSubstituted forPalacioat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Palacio
  • 11Biabiany
  • 12Telles
  • 14Montoya
  • 22Ljajic
  • 23Ranocchia
  • 27Gnoukouri
  • 30Carrizo
  • 33D'Ambrosio
  • 55Nagatomo
  • 77Brozovic
  • 97Manaj

AC Milan

  • 1López
  • 20AbateBooked at 22mins
  • 17Zapata
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 27KuckaBooked at 66minsSubstituted forPoliat 72'minutes
  • 18Montolivo
  • 28Bonaventura
  • 10HondaBooked at 42minsSubstituted forCerciat 81'minutes
  • 9Luiz Adriano
  • 70BaccaSubstituted forBalotelliat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mexes
  • 8Fernández Saez
  • 11Cerci
  • 15Ely
  • 16Poli
  • 23Nocerino
  • 32Abbiati
  • 33Alex
  • 34de Jong
  • 45Balotelli
  • 96Calabria
  • 99Donnarumma
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
79,154

Match Stats

Home TeamInter MilanAway TeamAC Milan
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away19
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home19
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Inter Milan 1, Milan 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inter Milan 1, Milan 0.

Foul by Alex Telles (Inter Milan).

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

Attempt missed. Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Alex Telles (Inter Milan).

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

Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Inter Milan).

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

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Jeison Murillo.

Attempt missed. Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Andrea Ranocchia.

Attempt missed. Jeison Murillo (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Cristian Zapata.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Andrea Ranocchia replaces Ivan Perisic because of an injury.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Alex Telles.

Attempt blocked. Cristian Zapata (Milan) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Giacomo Bonaventura with a cross.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Samir Handanovic.

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Alessio Cerci replaces Keisuke Honda.

Foul by Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan).

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

Mario Balotelli (Milan) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Keisuke Honda.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Felipe Melo (Inter Milan) because of an injury.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Alex Telles.

Foul by Davide Santon (Inter Milan).

Mattia De Sciglio (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Rodrigo Palacio replaces Stevan Jovetic.

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Andrea Poli replaces Juraj Kucka.

Attempt missed. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Davide Santon with a cross.

Attempt missed. Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mario Balotelli with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Jeison Murillo.

Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Juraj Kucka (Milan).

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Alex Telles replaces Juan Jesus.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Juan Jesus (Inter Milan) because of an injury.

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