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Played
May 6, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ N. Rizzoli‎
Attendance:‬ 43000‎
 
14′ Diego Milito
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 44′ (PG)
53′ (PG) Diego Milito
80′ (PG) Diego Milito
 
87′ Maicon
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Inter 4-2 AC Milan

The Nerazzurri's win keeps them in with a chance of Champions League football but also ends their rivals' title hopes, with Diego Milito the hero

By Kris Voakes

  • Julio César
    252
    54
    3.00

    Julio César

    Raced out well to smother Ibrahimovic’s shot after the Swede had ghosted forward with ease, but then when he was quick to close out Boateng he was somehow penalised, with Ibrahimovic scoring from the spot.

  • Javier Zanetti
    383
    37
    3.50

    Javier Zanetti

    Booked after a tete-a-tete with Nocerino, but didn’t show any real lethargy after his two weeks on the sidelines, and was still bombing into the box moments from the end.

  • Lúcio
    206
    65
    3.00

    Lúcio

    Allowed Ibrahimovic to run in behind too easily as Milan grabbed the lead, but other than that he led the Inter back line well.

  • Maicon
    318
    51
    3.50

    Maicon

    Hadn’t been half as effective as he would have wanted until unleashing an unstoppable clincher late on to complete Milan’s misery.

  • Walter Samuel
    221
    44
    3.00

    Walter Samuel

    Somehow found himself in acres of space from Sneijder’s free kick as Milito turned home the opener, and would later cause more panic in the Milan box. Also added a decent shift at the back to his CV.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    215
    62
    3.00

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Made good progress down the left in the first half, but was foiled by one great tackle by Abate. Kept at it well despite not being overly influential in the Nerazzurri’s eventual win.

  • Wesley Sneijder
    383
    35
    3.00

    Wesley Sneijder

    Picked himself up to deliver a perfect free kick as Milito gave Inter the lead, then almost equalised with a devastating volley over the back-pedalling Amelia. Did well to feed Milito with plenty of possession as Inter played on the break more in the second half before being replaced by Cordoba late on.

  • Ricardo Álvarez
    177
    131
    3.00

    Ricardo Álvarez

    Got into a couple of positions from which he could have done much better, but was gradually forced further away from Milito as Milan got a foothold in the game and was replaced by Pazzini.

  • Fredy Guarín
    264
    59
    3.00

    Fredy Guarín

    Made a superb challenge on Ibrahimovic having allowed him to progress with ease only seconds earlier. Provided some good touches in midfield, but by no means dominant, and was replaced by Obi on the hour.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    225
    51
    2.50

    Esteban Cambiasso

    Saw his header magnificently kept out by Abbiati, though some replays suggesting the ball had crossed the line. Caught ball-watching as Robinho’s angled run gave him a sight of goal

  • Diego Milito
    549
    67
    4.50

    Diego Milito Top of the Match

    Popped up to open the scoring after Samuel turned the ball back to him from Sneijder’s free kick, before later equalising from the spot after being dragged down by Abate. Hit the winner from another penalty after Nesta’s adjudged handball.

Substitutions

  • Iván Ramiro Córdoba
    286
    35
    3.00

    Iván Ramiro Córdoba

    The retiring Colombian was given the final few minutes in place of Sneijder.

  • Joel Obi
    191
    43
    3.00

    Joel Obi

    Brought into the fray in place of Guarin, but took some time getting going originally.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    186
    58
    3.00

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Replaced Alvarez with 15 minutes to play.

  • Christian Abbiati
    111
    89
    3.50

    Christian Abbiati

    Having done brilliantly to get across to Cambiasso’s effort, he injured his knee and was promptly substituted. Some replays suggested his save had come too late.

  • Alessandro Nesta
    93
    114
    3.00

    Alessandro Nesta

    Went about his work with great aplomb, but was penalised for having his hand high at a ball which came from very little distance.

  • Ignazio Abate
    95
    238
    2.50

    Ignazio Abate Flop of the Match

    Put in a great cover challenge on Nagatomo as he looked to exorcise the ghost of derbies past, but handed Inter another goal when dragging back Milito for Inter’s penalty at a vital stage of the game.

  • Daniele Bonera
    37
    165
    3.00

    Daniele Bonera

    Picked up an ankle injury early in the piece, leading to an early introduction for Mattia De Sciglio.

  • Mario Yepes
    54
    153
    2.50

    Mario Yepes

    Looked just a little bit slow to react to dangerous situations at times, and may well have held back Samuel at an Inter corner.

  • Mark van Bommel
    87
    131
    2.50

    Mark van Bommel

    Saw an effort from just outside the box well held by Julio Cesar, but continued to provide great influence in the middle, and his inevitable yellow card arrived after raising his foot in a challenge with Joel Obi.

  • Sulley Muntari
    90
    154
    2.50

    Sulley Muntari

    Never left wanting in the midfield battle, with a couple of meaty challenges testing the patience of his former supporters, but he should have done better than to divert Ibrahimovic’s header past the post with his knee.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    71
    128
    2.50

    Antonio Nocerino

    Booked for a collision with Zanetti as he looked to help get Milan back on level terms. Not as influential getting forward as he has been at other times in his debut campaign with the Rossoneri.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    111
    136
    2.50

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    His greatest influence in the first half came when Julio Cesar superbly halted his run, only to see the referee point to the penalty spot. Had nowhere near as much impact after the break though.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    313
    150
    3.50

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Somehow missed from six yards out from Robinho’s left-wing cross moments before Inter took the lead, then saw Julio Cesar smother after making good progress down the right channel. Eventually got his goal, however controversial, from the penalty spot, before superbly adding a second just after the break.

  • Robinho
    159
    174
    2.50

    Robinho

    Made some decent progress down the left in the opening minutes, and then in the second half could be found roving about in his attempts to have a real effect.

Substitutions

  • Marco Amelia
    81
    113
    3.00

    Marco Amelia

    Brought on in the 35th minute after Abbiati injured his knee, and he was kept on his toes by a superb volley from range by Sneijder. Beaten by two penalties before a thunderbolt from Maicon left him helpless.

  • Mattia De Sciglio
    166
    81
    3.00

    Mattia De Sciglio

    Replaced the injured Bonera after just 20 minutes and made a couple of very good tackles. Not quite as effect going forward.

  • Antonio Cassano
    93
    98
    3.00

    Antonio Cassano

    Late substitute for Muntari, who had gone down with cramp, and was left with little time to make an impact.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
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Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
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Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0