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Summary

  1. Mancini's first game back as Inter boss
  2. Torres started for AC Milan
  3. Milan seventh and Inter ninth in Serie A
  4. Both clubs nearer bottom than top

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By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us tonight - the next football on our website is tomorrow's coverage of Aston Villa and Southampton in the Premier League.

It might well have more quality than today's game if we're being honest.

So until then,

check out our Milan match report and come back to our
European football index tomorrow for reaction from Roberto Mancini.

French Ligue 1

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Over in France, Marseille have just returned to the top of the Ligue 1 table. They came from behind to beat Bordeaux 3-1 to overtake Paris St-Germain.

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Joseph Dempsey: As a Man U fan I fear we will go the way of the Milanese.

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Logan, Basingstoke: If you told someone these two teams used to be greats of Italian football they'd find it hard to believe you.

AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan

And how about the match stats, you might also wonder. Fairly close - Inter had slightly more possession and shots on target. Milan had more shots in total, and corners too.

Milan derby stats
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AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan

What does that do the table, you might ask. AC Milan are up one place to seventh, while Inter remain ninth.

Serie A table
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FULL-TIME

AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan

A point a piece is probably fair enough. It was entertaining at times but, as predicted, quality was not the name of the game - except for the two goals.

AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan

Andrea Poli is almost an AC Milan hero, the ball lands to him 12 yards out and it's deflected wide. Just.

It was an agonising wait to see which side of the post that ball flew past.

AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan

Keisuke Honda takes the ball forward but fails to create a chance. Inter break and Diego Lopez comes out to the edge of his box to claim it and almost slides outside the area with the ball in his hands. A close escape there.

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Rian Hoskins: Wonder if Torres will be at AC Milan for the two year loan if he coninuingly fails to perform? A shame as he used to be great

I'd be surprised if he is still there in a year's time.

INJURY TIME

AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan

A slight hold up for a Fredy Guarin injury but we're back under way now. Four minutes of stoppage time.

SUBSTITUTION

AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan

Dani Osvaldo - on loan at Inter Milan from Southampton - replaces Mauro Icardi up front.

Final roll of the dice from Roberto Mancini?

AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan

AC Milan get a controversial corner as Adil Rami looked to have run the ball out of play before winning the set-piece. Keisuke Honda's corner is terribly however and fails to beat the first man, who must have been about 10 yards away.

AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan

AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy has a chance at goal but Inter defender Juan Jesus does enough to block his shot.

Milan midfielder Michael Essien has cramp but he's fine to continue.

HITS THE WOODWORK

AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan

This time it's Inter Milan who hit the crossbar, Mauro Icardi's first-time volley from Fredy Guarin's cross was brilliant but it's just too high.

Ten minutes to go, both sides will fancy their chances of a winner. But can either side risk losing?

AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan

AC Milan substitute Keisuke Honda cuts in from the right and fires in a decent shot although it's straight at Inter keeper Samir Handanovic.

He's done more in his three or four minutes on the pitch than Fernando Torres did in over 70.

HITS THE WOODWORK

AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan

Stephan El Shaarawy should make it 2-1 to AC Milan, he's played through by a fantastic Giacomo Bonaventura ball but he hits the crossbar from the edge of the box. He had more time - he should have got it right. Huge let-off for Inter.

SUBSTITUTIONS

AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan

Another poor day for Fernando Torres comes to an end - he is replaced by Keisuke Honda. That's one goal in 10 Serie A games now for the Chelsea loanee.

Roberto Mancini makes his first change since returning to Inter Milan boss - Hernanes comes on for Joel Obi in midfield.

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Dan Washbourne: Oh Fernando. You used to be glorious. Why did you let Chelsea ruin you so?

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Rabin: This game is more like North London derby, only difference, we would never share the same ground.

GOAL

AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan - Joel Obi

Joel Obi
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Joel Obi
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It's been a game short on general quality but when the goals have come, they've been very good. The ball comes to Inter Milan midfielder Joel Obi, who guides a shot perfectly into the corner from the edge of the area. A fine finish.

And not a bad celebration either.

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

Fernando Torres
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If I've not mentioned Fernando Torres much, it's because he's done very little, a few misplaced passes aside.

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

Inter Milan have a few chances to shoot but fail to take any of them, then the ball is poorly cleared by Adil Rami, straight to Mauro Icardi, whose shot is miles off target.

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

It's almost 2-0 to AC Milan as Giacomo Bonaventura has a sniff at goal, his shot from an angle is deflected just wide - the corner comes to nothing.

Inter Milan counter and Philippe Mexes gets the ball out for a corner under pressure from Rodrigo Palacio.

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

Inter Milan come out on the front foot, they win a corner but AC Milan keeper Diego Lopez claims it.

KICK-OFF

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

Second half is under way.

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

AC Milan players are back out, Fernando Torres appears to be praying.

And here Inter's players come - no changes from either side at the break.

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

Roberto Mancini
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Roberto Mancini
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Will Roberto Mancini make any changes at the break? Not loads of proven striking quality on the bench - Dani Osvaldo and teenager Federico Bonazzoli are his main options up front.

HALF-TIME

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

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AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

Inter Milan have a corner approaching injury time. But it goes out for a throw-in on the other side. Shocking. One minute of stoppage time.

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

It's been a decent game so far, but perhaps more Aston Villa v West Brom than Barcelona v Real Madrid.

Inter Milan coming forward now but fail to get the ball into the box. There's not been much between the teams so far, bar one fantastic goal obviously.

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Josh Pain: in all seriousness Maldini would be the best defender on the pitch if he played in this game. Dramatic decline for both sides.

Send your views on where these two sides would finish in the Premier League to #bbceurofooty.

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The classiest of finishes by Menez has put AC Milan ahead, and Mancini a headache.

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YELLOW CARD

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

Inter Milan midfielder Joel Obi is the second player booked - for steaming into Adil Rami. What odds a red card at San Siro at some stage tonight?

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

Rodrigo Palacio
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Is there a more hateful haircut in world football than Rodrigo Palacio's?

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

Dodo is back on the pitch now and clears a cross with his head.

However, Fredy Guarin is now limping for Inter after that Philippe Mexes foul.

YELLOW CARD

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

Philippe Mexes
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AC Milan have a corner now, Dodo is still off the pitch. They whip the ball into the box but it's hit too hard and Milan go back to the halfway line before coming forward again slowly.

Inter Milan break however, their first touch of the ball in a while, and Philippe Mexes is booked for fouling Fredy Guarin.

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan

Inter Milan defender Dodo had come back on but he's now off receiving treatment again, trying to stop the blood. Inter will have to decide whether to stick or twist with him soon.

GOAL

AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan - Jeremy Menez

Jeremy Menez
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Jeremy Menez
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Well whatever Pipo Inzaghi told his team to do, it's worked - and in style.

Stephan El Shaarawy cross is met by Jeremy Menez, who steers the ball home with a fantastic, first-time, side-footed volley from 12 yards.

Woof.