Italian Serie A
AC MilanAC Milan1Inter MilanInter Milan0

Milan 1-0 Internazionale

Nigel De Jong scores Milan winner against Inter

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.

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.

Line-ups

AC Milan

  • 32AbbiatiBooked at 90mins
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 21ConstantSubstituted forAbateat 86'minutes
  • 34de JongBooked at 89mins
  • 13Rami
  • 5MexesBooked at 16mins
  • 16PoliSubstituted forMuntariat 72'minutes
  • 23Taarabt
  • 22Dos Santos LeiteSubstituted forPazziniat 76'minutes
  • 45Balotelli
  • 18Montolivo

Substitutes

  • 1Amelia
  • 4Muntari
  • 7de Souza
  • 10Honda
  • 11Pazzini
  • 15Essien
  • 17Zapata
  • 20Abate
  • 25Bonera
  • 28Emanuelson
  • 59Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 92El Shaarawy

Inter Milan

  • 1Handanovic
  • 2Cicero MoreiraSubstituted forÁlvarezat 78'minutes
  • 55Nagatomo
  • 35Da Fonseca
  • 25SamuelBooked at 75mins
  • 23RanocchiaBooked at 80mins
  • 88de Carvalho Andrade Lima
  • 10Kovacic
  • 8Palacio
  • 9IcardiSubstituted forMilitoat 82'minutes
  • 19CambiassoBooked at 39minsSubstituted forGuarínat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Zanetti
  • 6Andreolli
  • 11Álvarez
  • 12Castellazzi
  • 13Guarín
  • 14Campagnaro
  • 17Kuzmanovic
  • 20Botta
  • 21Taïder
  • 22Milito
  • 30Carrizo
  • 33D'Ambrosio
Referee:
Mauro Bergonzi
Attendance:
73,855

Match Stats

Home TeamAC MilanAway TeamInter Milan
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Milan 1, Inter Milan 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Milan 1, Inter Milan 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Walter Samuel (Inter Milan).

  5. Booking

    Christian Abbiati (Milan) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Booking

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Nigel de Jong (Milan).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Milan. Ignazio Abate replaces Kevin Constant.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Inter Milan. Diego Milito replaces Mauro Icardi.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Booking

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

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Walter Samuel (Inter Milan).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Inter Milan. Ricardo Álvarez replaces Jonathan.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 4th May 2014

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