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Icardi hat trick gives Inter Derby win

Nip and tuck, but Captain Mauro’s penalty in the 90th push Nerazzurri to victory.

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A hat trick by Inter Milan’s captain Mauro Icardi gave the Nerazzurri a 3-2 win over AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina Sunday at the San Siro.

The triple included a penalty in the 90th minute past Gianluigi Donnarumma to break a late deadlock after Giacomo Bonaventura connected on a back-heel goal in the 81st minute.

The win, coupled with Juventus’ loss, put Inter Milan squarely in second place in Serie A, just two points behind league-leading Napoli after eight games.

From the beginning, it seemed the Nerazzurri had much more poise offensively as Inter maintained possession for most of the first quarter of the game.

Crossing from the right side seemed problematic in the first 10 minutes of the game as Danilo D’Ambrosio and Antonio Candreva failed to connect on their crossing attempts. Instead of finding the center, both attempts sailed over Gianluigi Donnarumma and out of play.

Even though Inter controlled possession early in the game, turnovers plagued the Nerazzurri. In the 12th minute, Andres Silva stripped Miranda of the ball in the back half of the field, but failed to make anything out of it as the Rossoneri could not find open space to connect on a shot.

The first real chance for Inter came in the 13th minute after Borja Valero faked out Lucas Biglia to find Candreva streaking up the middle. Candreva’s shot went just over the outstretched hands of Donnarumma.

A free kick from Valero went wide, but Ivan Perisic rebounded and put the ball back into the box where Miranda went up for a header that went just wide of the target in the 23rd minute.

Two minutes later, AC Milan had a free kick of their own when Matias Vecino was shown a yellow card for challenging Giancomo Bonaventura, but the kick was blocked out of the area. Vecino’s caution was the third issued in the first 25 minutes of the half by Tagliavento.

It was Mauro Icardi that found the back of the net first when Candreva found him past Ricardo Rodrigues in the center. The Rossoneri defense seemed taken aback as Icardi found space and a gap in the Milan defense to push the ball, off the bounce, past Donnarumma in the 28th minute.

Icardi aimed for a second in the 36th minute, but his delivery was soft and found Donnarumma’s waiting hands.

Four minutes into the second half, the Rossoneri found the back of the net, only to have the goal waived off as Mateo Musacchino was called offsides. Milan brought an additional attacker up to start the second half which led to three shots on goal in the first six minutes of the second half.

Patrick Cutrone broke away in the 54th minute for AC Milan, but his shot found the wrong side of the net and was out of play.

Two minutes later Suso faked a pass to Borini, sending Perisic and Gagliardini the wrong way only to put a shot just past the fingertips of Samir Handanovic to level the game, 1-1.

In the 60th minute, Vecino nearly put the Nerazzurri back on top with an unmarked shot that was inches wide to the right.

A turnover led to Icardi’s brace in the 62nd minute. Biglia was dispossessed by Icardi who found Perisic wide on the left. Perisic dribbled to the end line before feeding Icardi in the center for a leaping one-touch finish to put the Nerazzurri back up 2-1.

Just as the Nerazzurri seemed poised to take the Derby della Madonnina, Bonaventura equalized with his back heel past Handanovic in the 81st minute.

Vecino had a nice look at the goal in the 89th minute and Eder missed wide. However, the subsequent corner forced a yellow card on Rodrigues, giving a penalty to Inter. Icardi completed the hat trick with a shot that forced the opposite direction and gave the Nerazzurri the lead back in the final minutes of the game.

The Rossoneri attempted a late rush, but Handanovic was up to the task, collecting one final save before the whistle blew to end the game.

Inter will be back in action when they face league leaders Napoli at 2:45 p.m. (ET), Oct. 21.


Box score

Serie A

at San Siro (Milan)

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

Inter Milan 3, AC Milan 2

Inter Milan 1 2 — 3

AC Milan 0 2 — 2

First half: Mauro Icardi (28’) INTER; Second half: Suso (56’) MILAN; Icardi (62’) INTER; Bonventura (81’) MILAN; Icardi (90’) INTER

Cautions: Miranda (15’) INTER; Allessio Romagnoli (22’) MILAN; Matias Vecino (25’) INTER; Ivan Perisic (79’) INTER; Rodrigues (89’) MILAN; Icardi (90’) INTER; Eder (90’+3) INTER

INTER: 1 Handanovic, 5 Gagliardini, 9 Icardi, 11 Vecino, 20 B. Valero, 25 Miranda, 33 D'Ambrosio, 37 Skriniar, 44 Perisic, 55 Nagatomo, 87 Candreva.

Bench: 27 Padelli, 46 Berni, 7 Cancelo, 13 Ranocchia, 17 Karamoh, 21 Santon, 23 Eder, 29 Dalbert, 99 Pinamonti.

Coach: Luciano Spalletti

MILAN: 99 G. Donnarumma, 5 Bonaventura, 8 Suso, 9 André Silva, 11 Borini, 13 Romagnoli, 19 Bonucci, 21 Biglia, 22 Musacchio, 68 R. Rodriguez, 79 Kessie.

Bench: 30 Storari, 90 A. Donnarumma, 2 Calabria, 4 J. Mauri, 15 G. Gomez, 17 Zapata, 18 Montolivo, 20 Abate, 29 Paletta, 46 Gabbia, 63 Cutrone, 73 Locatelli.

Coach: Vincenzo Montella

Referee: Tagliavento

Assistants Di Fiore, Vuoto

Fourth Official: Doveri