In a game that was anticipated for weeks and was being watched by fans from all over the world, Inter managed to beat Milan with two early goals. The Nerazzurri did not let their eternal Rivals settle into the game, as they started the match with their foot on the gas. AC Milan’s defense cracked under pressure as Inzaghi’s decision to start Dzeko and Mkhitaryan paid off. The Nerazzurri could have scored more and killed the game, but they were not clinical with some of their chances.
The game had a chaotic start as expected, but Inter settled into the game soon. AC Milan had a low defensive line to defend on a set piece. The Nerazzurri took advantage of that as Acerbi’s header got a deflection. Calhanoglu delivered a peach of a delivery from the corner. Edin Dzeko balanced himself perfectly to hit the volley the first time. Just like that Inter were ahead, and looked even more confident after the kickoff. Milan had a disjointed press as they were not stepping up as a unit.
Inter’s number 8’s were causing trouble to AC Milan’s midfield as they occupied pockets in half-spaces. For the second goal, Lautaro was clever to leave the ball for Mkhitaryan, who made a surging run through the middle. The Armenian midfielder took a brilliant first touch that helped him get through both, Tomori and Kjaer before firing his shot past Maignan.
Inter beat Milan 2-0 and put a foot in the Champions League final
Both former Roma players helped Inter take control of the game early on. Inter had another brilliant chance as Calhanoglu’s strike hit the post. Inter had a penalty shout later, and the referee pointed to the spot. But the VAR check ruled it out, as Kjaer did not make serious contact with Lautaro in the box. Pioli brought Messias in for Bennacer as he suffered a knock. This helped Milan slightly, as Brahim Diaz was back in the center.
The Nerazzurri were cautious with their approach in the second half and worked with a lower back line. Leao’s absence was felt as Milan could not create anything substantial from the left. Diaz and Messias had a couple of chances around the edge of the box, but they could not curl the ball towards the target.
Inzaghi then decided to bring some fresh legs and keep their two-goal advantage. Brozovic helped in the build-up and slowed down the tempo that worked in Inter’s favor. While, Gagliardini and De Vrij solidified the defense. But the Rossoneri could orchestrate a comeback, so Inter will have to prepare well for the second leg with added support of their fans.