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Summary

  1. Mancini's Inter go top with win
  2. Balotelli comes on for AC Milan
  3. AC Milan three points from first three games

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

It's been quite a weekend on the continent. Cristiano Ronaldo scoring five goals, Lionel Messi marking the birth of his second boy with the winner and Inter taking the honours in the Milan derby. Many thanks for your company. Don't forget the Champions League group stage starts on Tuesday. Who's excited? Bye, bye.

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

What next for Roberto Mancini's Inter?

It's a second-versus-first early season showdown in Serie A when they travel to face Chievo on 20 September.

Will it be four wins out of four for Mancini's men, the only team with a 100% winning record?

Roberto Mancini
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Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Eight goals in the last seven Milan derbies now. If you want to see the ball hit the back of the net this is perhaps not the best fixture to spend your hard earned money on.

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Two defeats in three games for AC Milan boss Sinisa Mihajlovic. Not the start he will have wanted but he will be encouraged by Mario Balotelli's lively substitute performance.

The on-loan Liverpool forward has certainly pushed his claims to start the next game at home to Palermo on 19 September.

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Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Balotelli has done more in the 25mins that he's been on the pitch than he did in the whole of last season at Liverpool #bbceurofooty

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Only one goal but what a match. 

Inter boss Roberto Mancini is on the pitch patting every one of his players on the back. 

It's Inter's night in Milan.

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FULL-TIME

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Inter Milan go top of Serie A. 

Inter Milan celebrate
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Inter MIlan 1-0 AC Milan

Another free-kick to AC Milan.

It's out wide but still in a very good position. It's fizzed in by Balotelli but comes to nothing.

Inter's fans have started the celebrations.

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Backs to the wall for Inter. 

AC Milan have stepped it up since Mario Balotelli came on but is it too little too late?

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Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Five additional minutes.

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Late corner for AC Milan. It's whipped in but is adjudged to have left the field of play before coming back in. Groans from their fans at the San Siro.

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

It's been frantic, it's been breathless, it's been absorbing. Are we going to see late drama in the Milan derby?

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Three minutes of normal time remaining. Mario Balotelli goes down just outside the Inter box. The referee is not interested in awarding a free-kick.

Mario Balotelli
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Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

AC Milan's fans are staying to the bitter end. They know their side is not beaten yet. Inter boss Roberto Mancini is frantically waving his arms on the touchline. 

GREAT SAVE!

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

It's that man Balotelli again...what a save by Samir Handanovic to push his swerving low free-kick behind at full stretch. 

Eight minutes of normal time left but this derby is far from over.

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Inter are 10 minutes away from going top of the table. Can they hold out? Mario Balotelli looks a different player. He's AC Milan's best hope of an equaliser.

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HITS THE WOODWORK

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Mialn

What was I saying about Mario Balotelli?

He's got the ball at his feet 25 yards outside the Inter box, the forward takes a quick glance before unleashing a powerful strike which smashes against the outside of the post.

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

What's happened to Mario Balotelli?

He's been excellent since coming on for AC Milan - hungry, sharp, dangerous. Everything he wasn't at Liverpool.

SUBSTITUTION

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Alex Telles is on for Inter in place of Juan Jesus.

AC Milan are running out of time. 

They're fortunate not to fall 2-0 behind as Mauro Icardi gets in where it hurts to get a header away but it's just wide.

YELLOW CARD

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Sad sight for Inter as Juan Jesus is carried off on a stretcher after another ugly challenge, this time by Juraj Kucka which earns the AC Milan player a deserved yellow card.

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Already Inter's players are trying to wind up Mario Balotelli. The on-loan Liverpool forward is involved in a minor spat with Felipe Melo before being ushered away from the scene by his team-mates.

Mario Balotelli and Felipe Melo
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Back on the pitch

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

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Mario Balotelli's last competitive senior appearance? Liverpool's 1-0 defeat away to Hull in April. The 25-year-old lasted 65 minutes before being substituted. 

Balotelli's last goal was a penalty against Besiktas in the Europa League at Anfield in February.

Will he step forward if AC Milan are awarded a spot-kick later?

Inter Mialn 1-0 AC Milan

Mario Balotelli's first touch of his second stint at AC Milan is a curling free-kick into Inter's penalty area. It just needs the slightest touch from a red and black shirt and it's a goal but it evades everyone.

Mario Balotelli
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SUBSTITUTION

Inter Milan 1-0 AC Mialn

AC Milan react to falling behind by...sending on Mario Balotelli for Carlos Bacca.

GOAL - Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan

Fredy Guarín

First blood to Inter as Fredy Guarin's dispatches a terrific left-foot low finish from just inside the area following an impressive run on the counter.

Inter fans celebrate wildly. Are their team on the way to a third straight win?

Fredy Guarin
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Fredy Guarin
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GREAT SAVE!

Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

Diego Lopez makes up for his earlier error to push Fredy Guarin's downward header over the bar.

Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

The wet conditions are forcing errors from both teams.

Another stray Inter pass leads to another attack but Juraj Kucka can't keep the move alive.

Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

What a mistake by Diego Lopez.

The AC Milan keeper suffers a complete mental block and passes straight to Stevan Jovetic just outside his area. The Inter forward is immediately surrounded by red and black shirts. 

He tries to create an opening and eventually gets his his shot away...only to see it charged down.

Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

No changes by either side. One goal might be enough to settle this but it's still hard to call.

KICK-OFF

Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

It's raining in Milan as the second half gets under way.

Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

Out come the teams. Roberto Mancini looks pretty relaxed considering his Inter side were on the back foot for large parts of the first half.

Roberto Mancini
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Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

I'll be surprised if we see Mario Balotelli early in the second half. AC Milan's attack has caused Inter's back line all sorts of problems. 

Might be a late substitute appearance for the forward...if he comes on at all.

First Milan derby goal for Mario?

Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

Mario Balotelli won three Serie A titles and the Champions League during four years at Inter Milan before moving to Manchester City in 2010.

He joined AC Milan three years later before joining Liverpool 13 months ago.

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Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

Steady on Mr President. 

That said I do think Lee Cattermole would love to get stuck into some of the tackles that were flying in the first half.

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Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

#bbceurofooty This derby no longer commands the respect it used to, even the Tyne wear derby is more prestigious these days, sad!

HALF-TIME

Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

It's goalless. It's also very entertaining. Will there be a red card? Will Mario Balotelli come on? Will Inter find the goal they need to take them to the top of the table? Lots of unanswered questions..

Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

Huge chance for Inter right at the end of the first half. Mauro Icardi is clean through. Surely he must score? Diego Lopez sticks out a leg and saves the day for his team.

Mauro Icardi
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YELLOW CARD

Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

Some of the challenges out there belong on a rugby field.

Another yellow. This time Keisuke Honda is booked. The referee is the most over worked figure on the pitch.

Keisuke Honda
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Inter Milan 0-0 AC Milan

So close for Inter.

Stevan Jovetic lets fly from the edge of the area and it has Diego Lopez scrambling across his line. Fortunately for the AC Milan keeper it whistles just wide.

YELLOW CARD

Inter Mialn 0-0 AC Milan

Alessio Romagnoli is not happy with the referee after a challenge with Stevan Jovetic. The AC Milan players wants his opponent booked but the official in the yellow shirt isn't interested.

Moments later Inter's Juan Jesus is booked for a lunge on Juraj Kucka.

This is bubbling nicely.

Stevan Jovetic
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