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January 15, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ D. Orsato‎
Attendance:‬ 80000‎
 
 
Diego Milito 54′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: AC Milan 0-1 Inter

The Nerazzurri grabbed a priceless derby win thanks to Diego Milito's goal to close to within six points of leaders Juventus at the top of Serie A

By Kris Voakes

  • Christian Abbiati
    187
    245
    3.00

    Christian Abbiati

    Beaten by Thiago Motta’s header which was ruled offside, but then got a foot to Alvarez’s poor effort from six yards just as Inter appeared to be getting on top. Could do little about Milito’s expertly-taken winner.

  • Alessandro Nesta
    257
    191
    3.00

    Alessandro Nesta

    Got in a vital block as Maicon looked to pick out Pazzini, but almost gifted the Nerazzurri a sight of goal late in the first half. Looked assured for the most part, but could do nothing about the position Milito was allowed to get into by Abate.

  • Gianluca Zambrotta
    160
    271
    2.50

    Gianluca Zambrotta

    Too easily rolled by Zanetti to set up an Inter attack in the first 10 minutes, and Inter had regular success down his wing, especially whenever Maicon joined the attack. Replaced by Robinho as Milan looked to grab an equaliser.

  • Ignazio Abate
    247
    433
    2.50

    Ignazio Abate Flop of the Match

    Looked to be carrying out a steady job until completely misjudging Zanetti’s cross to allow Milito time and space from which to score. As much as he put the effort in thereafter, he’d made the error that cost his side the derby.

  • Thiago Silva
    492
    144
    3.00

    Thiago Silva

    Even in defeat, Thiago Silva’s display was at times masterful. Gave Pazzini very little to work with all night, and even went on a couple of charging runs ala compatriot Lucio which Milan could have done better with.

  • Mark van Bommel
    378
    178
    3.00

    Mark van Bommel

    Clattered Pazzini from behind as he looked to stamp his mark on the game in the opening stages, but then very nearly became a surprise first scorer when belting an effort against the bar from range on the stroke of half-time. His little run, control and pass for Ibrahimovic almost teed up an equaliser.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    154
    298
    2.50

    Antonio Nocerino

    In probably his biggest game so far in the red and black, the former Palermo man often got lost in the midfield tussle. His poor anticipation from Ibrahimovic’s pass helped Inter win possession ahead of Milito’s killer goal. Substituted with 10 to go.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    220
    261
    2.50

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Got into great space from a first-half corner but fired his volley well over Julio Cesar’s bar. Found it difficult to stamp his authority on the game as Inter defended in great numbers, and ultimately saw few further sights of goal.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    204
    287
    3.00

    Urby Emanuelson

    Showed some glimpses of real attacking quality, but never took the game by the scruff as a natural No.10 might have. One shot apart, he asked too little of Julio Cesar and looked unlikely to sway the game back in Milan’s favour after the Milito goal.

  • Alexandre Pato
    225
    438
    3.00

    Alexandre Pato

    Blazed over when well placed in the area after failing to get the ball out of his feet, then fired well wide when deep into Inter territory in the second half, but neat passes for Emanuelson and Boateng set up two decent attacks. Failed to really test Julio Cesar though, much to Milan’s dismay.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    250
    366
    2.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Tried one flick shot reminiscent of Euro 2004 during a spell in the first half when Milan were regularly looking to him to open up Inter. His running battle with Samuel was one of the features of the game, but he increasingly became Milan’s only hope, and with the Argentine out-performing him he was unable to influence the result.

Substitutions

  • Robinho
    159
    305
    2.50

    Robinho

    Replaced Zambrotta in the push to get an equaliser in the final 25 minutes, but failed to provide the finishing touch from Ibrahimovic’s nod-down.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    403
    153
    3.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Given eight minutes when replacing Pato and immediately helped to fashion a chance for Robinho.

  • Julio César
    745
    109
    3.00

    Julio César

    Smothered Ibrahimovic’s tame 20-yard effort with ease as he was worked for the first time, but he almost gave himself more to do when scuffing a clearance straight to Boateng. Later produced a fabulous save from Seedorf’s effort from range.

  • Javier Zanetti
    2357
    139
    3.00

    Javier Zanetti Top of the Match

    Showed with his burst past Zambrotta in the opening moments that he was eager to lead his side to another derby win, and he barely broke stride thereafter. His untiring display made a mockery of his age, putting younger players to shame, and his ability to keep going at such a rate for the full 90 minutes was astounding.

  • Lúcio
    856
    125
    3.00

    Lúcio

    His excellent early burst may have yielded a better result had he released the ball sooner, but he continued to charge forward at will while dealing with Pato and Ibrahimovic as and when necessary.

  • Maicon
    739
    133
    3.00

    Maicon

    Made a couple of great runs in the first half, but after a particularly good one-two with Milito, his low cross was behind Pazzini. Continued to cause trouble going forward and was well backed up defensively when attacks broke down.

  • Walter Samuel
    876
    119
    3.00

    Walter Samuel

    His early ‘welcome to the game’ foul on Pato showed he meant business, and he went about his work superbly throughout, winning his personal battle with Ibrahimovic despite letting the Swede have a couple of glances at goal late in the first period.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    765
    133
    3.00

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Looked very exposed at times defensively but very nearly added to Milito’s opener when shooting just wide, then could have made the game safe when cutting inside onto his left but shot straight at Abbiati.

  • Thiago Motta
    624
    140
    3.00

    Thiago Motta

    Thought he’d headed Inter ahead in the fifth minute but was erroneously called offside, then got involved in an exchange with Ibrahimovic as the heat was raised before half-time. Kept up an excellent work-rate though, and was a worthy winner in the midfield battle.

  • Ricardo Álvarez
    527
    217
    2.50

    Ricardo Álvarez

    Lost possession in a dangerous position to Van Bommel early on, then amazingly side-footed straight at Abbiati when presented with a superb chance six yards from goal. Was unable to release the pressure in the second half and exited at the three-quarter point.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    650
    124
    3.00

    Esteban Cambiasso

    Did an expert job of the sitting role at the base of midfield which allowed Thiago Motta to show the greater dynamism in the middle. Rarely gave his direct opponents any space from which to get into the game.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    543
    197
    2.50

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Was kept quiet for most of the opening period, but after Milito’s opener he became a key man as his hold-up play came to the fore, helping to give his overworked team-mates a vital breather as they held on for the win.

  • Diego Milito
    984
    163
    3.50

    Diego Milito

    Was the pivot in a nice one-two with Maicon, but then his poor return pass to Lucio set up a Milan counter. That was made up for in the 54th minute though, when he pounced on Abate’s error to finish expertly across Abbiati, and he could have added another against the odds later.

Substitutions

  • Cristian Chivu
    540
    135
    3.00

    Cristian Chivu

    Replaced Alvarez for the final quarter as Inter looked to counter the Robinho entrance by locking up the back line.

  • Wesley Sneijder
    501
    127
    0.00

    Wesley Sneijder

    Came on for Milito late on and did well enough on the ball to help keep the pressure off the back four.

  • Diego Forlán
    460
    113
    0.00

    Diego Forlán

    Late replacement for Pazzini.

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