An early goal from Wesley Sneijder could not prevent Inter from defeat as the Rosseneri rallied in the second half with goals from Boateng and Ibrahimovic to seal to derby victory
The match opened in frantic fashion as seconds after Wesley Sniejder’s ambitious effort flew wide, Milan counter-attacked and almost took the lead. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s exquisite touch was met by Robinho but the Brazilian forward wasted a glorious chance by curling it past Julio Cesar’s post.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men would go on to regret that missed opportunity as Inter began to dominate proceedings. Their pressure culminated in Sneijder curling home a free-kick into Christian Abbiati’s top left corner to give the Coppa Italia winners a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute.
Inter looked to make the most of its control of the game as Samuel Eto’o and Ricky Alvarez made efforts but neither troubled Abbiati significantly. Ibrahimovic gave the opposition a reminder of his quality as he saw his header rebound off the post just before halftime as Inter held a deserved 1-0 lead after 45 minutes.
Milan emerged from the dressing room in a much more determined mood and it began the second period as the better team. Robinho’s skill helped tee up Clarence Seedorf but the Dutchman could only put the ball wide. However Milan did not have to wait much longer to get back onto level terms. Robinho lofted a super ball over the Inter defense and Seedorf squared the ball for Ibrahimovic to equalize in the 60th minute.
The comeback was complete just nine minutes later as Boateng pounced on a parry from Julio Cesar. Alexandre Pato, just on as a sub, saw his shot cannon off the post via Cesar’s hand but the Ghanaian international was on hand to follow up and make the score 2-1.
Inter looked to have snatched an equalizer through Eto'o late on as it relentlessly searched for a lifeline. However the ex-Barcelona striker was judged to have been offside as he put the ball in the net.
Allegri's charges held on for the first Milan derby win of the season over their rivals in a win which is sure to fill them with confidence as they set out to retain their Serie A title this season. The champions open their Scudetto defense away to Cagliari on August 27th. Meanwhile Gasperini's men will begin their quest to reclaim the Serie A title at home to Lecce on August 28th.