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2 April 2011
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: N. Rizzoli
• Attendance: 79000
Alexandre Pato 1', 62'
A. Cassano 90'
Shots on Target
90' + 3'
That's it! Milan 3-0 Inter.
90' + 2'
90' + 1'
Cassano is sent off for his second yellow card to put a sour end on his derby. All in ten minutes with Cassano, he comes on, scores a penalty and then gets sent off.
Penalty GoalAntonio Cassano
Yellow CardAntonio Cassano
There will be three minutes of injury time as Cassano is shown a yellow card for his celebration.
Yellow CardJavier Zanetti
PENALTY TO MILAN AS ZANETTI FOULS CASSANO INSIDE THE BOX! Cassano takes it... 3-0 as he beats Julio Cesar to seal a memorable win late on.
Milan continue to dictate the play with ease and tranquility as we approach the final minutes at San Siro.
Zambrotta is caught offside on Cassano's throughball, but Milan won't be worrying as the clock ticks down further towards what will be a massive win for the title hopefuls.
Eto'o tees up Maicon... he shoots from the edge of the area... wide of the mark though. That's about as close as Inter have come this half.
Milito crosses for Inter from the left, but it is too easy for Abate who clears.
Ten minutes remain, but Inter must be wishing the game was over as they just cannot create anything. They can't even get out of their own area.
Robinho makes an angled run and fires a shot hard and low... Julio Cesar uses his feet to save.
If it carries on like this then it Milan could be out of sight. Inter are all over the place and with no real hope. Leonardo has run out of ideas, and patience as he shakes his head.
What is Robinho doing? He majestically dummies Julio Cesar and makes him stumble over, but takes too long to finish, and Cordoba makes the clearance. Rossoneri just toying with their opponents now.
And the Rossoneri fans are showing their appreciation for Milan's steallar play as they remain in command and in control. "Ole," "Ole," "Ole"... is the resonating sound greeting evert Milan touch of the ball.
Zanetti launches one long for Eto'o who runs into an offside position for Inter.
Seedorf feeds Boateng who shoots from the edge of the area... the shot is charged down and cleared. Milan are pressing Inter back with an unsatiable energy.
Miracle save from Julio Cesar who stops Robinho's drive from range from becoming a third goal for Milan.
It's looking really bad for Inter now and their title hopes look to be over as 2-0 down with ten men seems a big ask with just over 25 minutes to go.
GOAL! MILAN DOUBLE THEIR LEAD WITH PATO AGAIN! Abate the supplier and Pato heads brilliantly into the bottom corner. Milan 2-0 Inter.
Good work by Eto'o on the byeline as he swivels around on the ball, but both Boateng and Thiago Silva are alert.
Zanetti is forced to conceed a corner as Inter's numerical disadvantage begins to show. Robinho swings it in, Zanetti closes the door on Pato.
If Inter had it tough before, they are in real trouble now as they have to scrap it out and hope for the best. Thiago Silva's free-kick is punched clear from Julio Cesar.
Iván Ramiro Córdoba
INTER DOWN TO TEN MEN! Chivu is sent off for a terrible foul on Pato who was clean through on goal. The red card is inevitable!
Red CardCristian Chivu
Yellow CardMark van Bommel
Corner for Inter... Sneijder takes it and goes deep... Thiagi Silva does enough to get it away.
Gattuso is forced to come off after going with an injury... Flamini comes on for Milan.
Julio Cesar is forced to clear long up field following pressure from Pato who has looked sharp tonight.
Milan have just tried what they did in the first half... to take an early lead, but Boateng's shot is saved low by Julio Cesar.
Neither side has made any changes to their line ups for the restart.
What a half! Explosive start for Milan with a goal from Pato after 40 seconds. Van Bommel then hit the bar. Abbiati made a wonder save on Pazzini, before Eto'o missed from two yards... it is the Milan derby, and it is a Scudetto showdown!
45' + 1'
Rizzoli has seen enough and he blows the half-time whistle.
Pato on the volley for Milan from the edge of the area, but he sends it over.
Ohhhhhhhh! Miss of the season from Eto'o as he sends the ball wide of goal from point-blank range following a great cross from Pandev... it's very similar to the one he missed against Juventus two months ago.
Ohhh! Great save from Abbiati who stops Eto'o's header from going in folowing the perfect corner from Sneijder.
Ohhhhhhhhh! Van Bommel hits the bar! A powerful effort takes a deflection off Chivu to leave Julio Cesar for dead, but the ball can only hit the crossbar! Inter escape.
Milan on the charge as they break down a free pitch as Inter commit too many men forward. Robinho sees Pato... he runs down the line, cross for Boateng as he switches the play... great comeback tackle by Chivu.
Great defending by Nesta again as he stops Sneijder's run into the box... the playmaker complains to Rizzoli, but his appeals are futile as they are turned down.
The broil and battle was always on the cards as Nesta takes down Sneijder with Motta going in hard on the Italian just for good measure.
Pazzini tries a one-two pass and move with Pandev, but they get mixed up and the chance is wasted.
Lets look at the shot count... Inter have had four compared to Milan's three. Inter are also edging the possession on half hour with 53 percent compared to Milan's 47.
Captain Zanetti does well to stop Pato and launches the break for Inter... Maicon plays it up for Pazzini, but his run is too early, and he is caught offside.
Ohhh! From the corner swung outwards, Zambrotta goes for the shot, but it's always rising.
Boateng finds Pato who starts a series of dummies... Ranocchia is alert though and he gets a foot on the ball... Good defending from the Italian.
The ball takes a deflection off the referee... it sets up nicely for Pandev who doesn't hesitate to shoot... just wide!
Inter are raising the standard here at San Siro as they continue their effort for a breakthrough... Milan hold on as Thiago Silva anticipates Pandev's cross.
Ohhhh! That should have been a goal from Pazzini, but he fluffs it by sending the ball straight at Abbiati one on one from Pandev's assist!
Zambrotta makes his presence felt on Pandev, and it's a free-kick to Inter... Sneijder takes it but it flies well high and over the goal. The Dutchman moans about a laser which appeared to be aimed at him from the stands.
Nerazzurri on the up as they start to take control of the ball. Sneijder does well to wriggle free and cross in search of Pazzini, this time it's Thiago Silva who gets his body to the ball first.
Inter show themselves forward with Thiago Motta who tries to play a ball towards Italy international Pazzini, but his stretch is not enough to make contact as the chance fizzles out.
Great work from Seedorf who feeds Pato... he plays in Robinho, but he cannot get to the ball. Milan are looking very good tonight as Inter struggle to get a foot in.
Inter move the ball well with Motta, he finds Pandev... the left foot shot is taken quickly, but weakly, and it's no problem for Abbiati.
It's all Milan as Robinho shows quick feet down the line, but he is met by a hard tackle from Maicon. Down goes the Brazilian, but Rizzoli waves play on.
Milan want a second as Seedorf goes long for Pato... ohh! He cannot get to it. The Nerazzurri are shaken here.
What a start for the Rossoneri who draw first blood. Inter are stunned as their early game plan goes out of the window.
And we are off at San Siro in what is, perhaps, the biggest game of the season for these two teams domestically... GOAL! Pato scores for Milan who strike instantly from kick off. Gattuso plays in Robinho... Cesar makes the save, but Pato reacts fastest to tap the ball over the line.
80,000 fans have crammed into the San Siro as we await Nicola Rizzoli's whistle...
Plenty has been said in the build up to the game. The latest from Milan club chief Silvio Berlusconi who said: "Cassano will be decisive"... but the Italian starts on the bench tonight.
Milan (4-3-1-2): Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Gattuso, Van Bommel, Seedorf; Boateng; Robinho, Pato.
Inter (4-2-3-1): Julio Cesar; Maicon, Ranocchia, Chivu, Zanetti; Cambiasso, Thiago Motta; Pandev, Sneijder, Eto’o; Pazzini.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of the Milan derby. It is the 154th Serie A derby tonight, and the game is being billed as a Scudetto decider with just two points separating Milan from Inter.
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