Italian Serie A
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AC Milan 3-0 Inter Milan

Alex
Alex's goal was the first that Inter had conceded to a header in Serie A this season

AC Milan secured an impressive Serie A derby victory as Inter missed a penalty and saw boss Roberto Mancini sent off.

Centre-back Alex headed Milan into a first-half lead, before Mancini was dismissed from the dugout for arguing over a rejected penalty appeal.

Mauro Icardi then hit the post from the spot after he was brought down by Alex.

Milan struck twice in the final 20 minutes, with Carlos Bacca turning in a cross from M'Baye Niang, who added a third from Giacomo Bonaventura's pass.

The result leaves the rivals as they were in the table, Inter fourth and Milan sixth.

Milan keep cool in the derby heat

Roberto Mancini
Roberto Mancini was sent to the stands after a confrontation with the fourth official

Both sides looked very ordinary for long spells at the San Siro, with neither suggesting they have the quality to match title contenders Napoli and Juventus.

Crucially, though, Milan kept their composure when it mattered, and secured a win that dealt a significant blow to Inter's Champions League hopes.

Mancini lost his head early in the second half when debutant Eder's penalty appeal was rightly turned down, with Milan's teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma getting the ball as he collided with the striker following his own sliced clearance.

Inter failed to take advantage when they had the chance to draw level from the penalty spot, and lost their defensive discipline as Sinisa Mihajlovic's side then struck twice in quick succession.

History repeats, 1984 style...

Mark Hateley
Milan's fans unfurled a banner in tribute to Mark Hateley's 1984 derby winner

In the minutes before kick-off, Milan's fans unfurled a banner depicting the thunderous header from former England striker Mark Hateley that ended a long wait for a derby victory over Inter in October 1984.

Mihajlovic's side took the lead in the 2016 version with a similarly powerful header, as Alex got in behind Davide Santon to convert Keisuke Honda's cross - the first headed goal Inter have conceded in Serie A this season.

It was a poor night for former Newcastle right-back Santon, recalled for his first start since late October, capped when he gave the ball away to Bonaventura, who set up Niang for Milan's third.

Alex
Alex's powerful header was his second Serie A goal of the season

Eder disappoints, Icardi falls flat again

Mancini pinned his hopes of goals on Eder, the Italy international striker signed on a two-year loan from Sampdoria during the week.

Inter's boss decided against partnering Eder with his former Samp team-mate Icardi, dropped to the bench after missing an easy chance during last weekend's 1-1 draw against relegation candidates Carpi.

The new signing made a lively start, but fluffed his big chance when he miscued a header from Juan Jesus's left-wing cross when unmarked seven yards from goal.

It brought to mind Mancini's put-down after Icardi's bad miss last weekend, when he said: "I would have scored that and I'm 50 years old."

As if that was not bad enough, Icardi made a mess of his big chance yet again when he missed from the penalty spot.

Mauro Icardi
Mauro Icardi missed his shot at redemption, striking the post with a penalty as his team trailed 1-0

What next?

Both clubs are in midweek Serie A action on Wednesday - Inter are at home to Chievo, while Milan travel to Palermo.

Line-ups

AC Milan

  • 99Donnarumma
  • 20Abate
  • 33Dias da CostaBooked at 58mins
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 31Antonelli
  • 10HondaSubstituted forBoatengat 89'minutes
  • 27KuckaBooked at 65mins
  • 18Montolivo
  • 28Bonaventura
  • 19NiangSubstituted forBalotelliat 79'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 70BaccaSubstituted forBertolacciat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2De Sciglio
  • 4Mauri
  • 7Menez
  • 16Poli
  • 17Zapata
  • 25Simic
  • 32Abbiati
  • 45Balotelli
  • 72Boateng
  • 91Bertolacci
  • 96Calabria
  • 97Livieri

Inter Milan

  • 1Handanovic
  • 21Santon
  • 25Miranda
  • 24Murillo
  • 5Nunes Jesus
  • 44PerisicSubstituted forMeloat 77'minutes
  • 17Medel
  • 77Brozovic
  • 22LjajicSubstituted forTellesat 87'minutes
  • 23Éder
  • 10JoveticBooked at 45minsSubstituted forIcardiat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kondogbia
  • 8Palacio
  • 9Icardi
  • 12Telles
  • 27Gnoukouri
  • 30Carrizo
  • 33D'Ambrosio
  • 46Berni
  • 55Nagatomo
  • 83Melo
  • 97Manaj
Referee:
Antonio Damato
Attendance:
77,043

Match Stats

Home TeamAC MilanAway TeamInter Milan
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Milan 3, Inter Milan 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Milan 3, Inter Milan 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Juan Jesus (Inter Milan).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Milan. Kevin-Prince Boateng replaces Keisuke Honda.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Miranda (Inter Milan).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Inter Milan. Alex Telles replaces Adem Ljajic.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Keisuke Honda (Milan).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Alex.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Milan. Andrea Bertolacci replaces Carlos Bacca.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Juraj Kucka (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Milan. Conceded by Miranda.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Keisuke Honda (Milan) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mario Balotelli.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Milan. Conceded by Samir Handanovic.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Keisuke Honda with a cross.

  18. Booking

    Mario Balotelli (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 31st January 2016

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