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Serie A

  • 2 April 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 79000

AC Milan 3-0 Inter: Pato double decides Derby della Madonnina

AC Milan 3-0 Inter: Pato double decides Derby della Madonnina

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Brazilian's double, along with a late Cassano penalty secured vital victory in Serie A title race

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An Alexandre Pato double helped AC Milan to victory in their derby clash with Inter and extended Massimiliano Allegri's side's advantage at the top of Serie A to five points.

Pato opened the scoring in the first minute with a tap-in before Cristian Chivu dealt Inter's chances of a comeback a huge blow on 53 minutes when he was sent off for tripping AC Milan's goalscorer.

The Brazilian notched his second after Chivu's dismissal before substitute Antonio Cassano sealed the victory after converting a penalty and was shown a second yellow for his overzealous celebrations.

Allegri's side made a dream start to the 154th Serie A Milan derby when they opened the scoring after only 42 seconds. Gattuso slid a defence-splitting pass through to Robinho who failed to round Julio Cesar who could only knock the ball into the path of Pato who slammed home from six yards out.

The game continued to fly by at a frantic pace and Milan in particular were impressing. A strong claim for a penalty was turned down by the referee, Nicola Rizzoli on nine minutes when Robinho met Ignazio Abate's deep cross with a ferocious volley from 15 yards, which was blocked by the arm of Maicon, which was adjudged to be accidental.

Inter got their first real sight of goal on 19 minutes when Thiago Motta won the ball cleanly off Mark van Bommel before steaming forward and laying it off to Giampaolo Pazzini. The former Sampdoria man then powered past Gianluca Zambrotta before poking a low shot from 12 yards that was smartly blocked by Christian Abbiati.

AC Milan nearly doubled their lead on 37 minutes although would have done so with a slice of luck. Van Bommel struck a thunderbolt from 30 yards out which took a hefty deflection off Andrea Ranocchia, in the process wrong footing Julio Cesar before smashing the top of the crossbar.

A minute later, Inter believed they had levelled the scoring when Wesley Sneijder delivered an inviting corner which was met by the head of Motta on the six-yard line. 80,000 people in the San Siro believed an equaliser was inevitable only for Abbiati to somehow claw the ball to safety off the line.

The second-half resumed at an exciting pace although in the 53rd minute, Leonardo's men were dealt a huge blow with the sending-off of Chivu. Pato was sent through clear on goal and with the Brazilian looking to lift the trigger on the edge of the box, the Romanian defender clipped his heels to send the striker sprawling on the edge of the box.

Thiago Silva blasted the resulting free-kick at goal but Julio Cesar parried the ball into the path of Kevin-Prince Boateng who could only fire the ball high and wide of the goal.

Inter's hopes of a comeback were all but extinguished on 62 minutes when Milan doubled their lead. Clarence Seedorf found Abate in plenty of space of the right-side of the Inter box who saw his shot-come-cross headed into the empty net by Pato from six-yards out for his 11th Serie A goal of the season.

It was nearly three on 66 minutes when substitute Mathieu Flamini found Robinho who turned Ivan Cordoba before hitting a powerful effort towards goal that was expertly blocked by Julio Cesar.

AC Milan continued to lay siege to the Inter goal and should have put the result beyond doubt on 72 minutes when the terrific Seedorf did well to dispossess Ranocchia before sliding the ball to Robinho who despite his quick feet, could not beat Julio Cesar who turned the ball around his post.

Inter's night went from bad to worse when Javier Zanetti blocked off Antonio Cassano in the box on 89 minutes with a penalty being awarded. The substitute stepped up to take the penalty himself, calmly sending Julio Cesar the wrong way to complete AC Milan's derby victory.

Cassano was sent-off in the 92nd minute for a second yellow card for needlessly bringing down Cordoba in the final stages of the game.
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