Derby Special: Top 5 Inter-Milan Games Of The Past

Ahead of this weekend's Milan derby, republishes an old classic looking at the five most memorable games between the two cousins from the past...
Inter 6-5 Milan (November 6, 1949)
Nyers 10, 40, Amadei 39, 50, 64, Lorenzi 58; Candiani 1, 7, Nordahl 14, Liedholm 19, Annovazzi 59

After the teams played out a 4-4 draw earlier in the year, they scored a record number of goals in the Derby della Madonnina of November 1949 – a record that is unlikely ever to be broken. Milan employed the famous Gre-No-Li triumvirate, but it was winger Enrico Candiani who gave Milan an early lead. Istvan Nyers pulled one back for Inter, but the prolific Gunnar Nordahl restored the two-goal lead minutes later. Nils Liedholm extended the lead and it appeared to be game over, but two goals from Amadeo Amadei, another from Nyers and one from Benito Lorenzi incredibly put the Nerazzurri into a 5-4 lead. Carlo Annovazzi briefly restored parity, but Amadei completed his hat-trick for 6-5. Amazingly it could have been 6-6, but Candiani hit the crossbar late on.

Inter: Franzosi; Guaita, Miglioli; Campatelli, Giovannini, Achilli; Amadei, Wilkes, Lorenzi, Fiorini, Nyers

Milan: Milanese; De Gregori, Foglia; Annovazzi, Tognon, Bonomi; Buriani, Gren, Nordhal, Liedholm, Candiani.

Milan 2-1 Inter (October 28, 1984)
Di Bartolomei 33, Hateley 63; Altobelli 10

Milan were in a dark period of their history at this time, having been demoted to Serie B due to a betting scandal in 1980. Though they immediately returned, their sub-standard side was relegated again in 1981/82. By the time they returned to the top flight, they had not beaten Inter in nine attempts. Alessandro Altobelli gave Inter the lead in the first derby of the 1984/85 season, before Agostino Di Bartolomei equalised. Former Portsmouth striker Mark Hateley then wrote himself into Rossoneri legend when he rose high about Fulvio Collovati to head past Walter Zenga, giving Milan the victory. The goal is still remembered: before Milan played Portsmouth in the 2008 UEFA Cup, Adriano Galliani said, “Portsmouth? It’s a noble team, where Mark Hateley played.”

Milan: Terraneo, F. Baresi, Galli, Battistini, Di Bartolomei, Tassotti, Verza, Wilkins, Hateley, Evani, Virdis.

Inter: Zenga, Bergomi, G. Baresi, Mandorlini, Collovati, Bini, Causio, Sabato, Altobelli, Brady, Rummenigge.

Inter 0-6 Milan (May 11, 2001)

Comandini 2, 19, Giunti 53, Shevchenko 66, 77, Serginho 81

Milan hold the record for the biggest win in the Derby della Madonnina, thrashing a desperately poor Inter side 6-0 in 2001. The sides were both on 44 points – some 20 points behind leaders Roma – before the match, but there was little equality on the pitch. Gianni Comandini scored twice in the first half – his only domestic goals for Milan – before Federico Giunti notched his only goal for the Rossoneri early in the second period. Andriy Shevchenko nodded in at the far post to make it 4-0 before tapping in from close range for his second, and the rout was complete when Serginho scored late on. Some of referee Pierluigi Collina’s decisions were questionable, but it was a defeat that has scarred Nerazzurri fans to this day.

Inter: Frey; Ferrari, Blanc, Simic, J. Zanetti; Farinos, Di Biagio, Dalmat, Gresko; Vieri, Recoba.

Milan: Rossi; Helveg, Costacurta, Roque Junior, Maldini; Gattuso, Giunti, Kaladze, Serginho; Shevchenko, Comandini

Inter 0-3 Milan (April 12, 2005)

Match awarded to Milan.

This rare meeting in Europe between the two Milanese sides, and the last to date, was more infamous than famous. Milan were leading 1-0 on aggregate in their Champions League quarter final going into the second leg, but the match was abandoned in the 73rd minute of the return fixture. Andriy Shevchenko had given the Rossoneri the lead in the first half, but the trouble started after Esteban Cambiasso’s goal had been disallowed in the second half. Objects were hurled from the stands, with Milan ’keeper Dida being struck by a flare. Referee Markus Merk was forced to stop the game as the crowd trouble showed no sign of abating, and the Nerazzurri were fined €200,000 in the aftermath of the game. Milan, meanwhile, would go on to reach the final before losing to Liverpool.

Inter: Toldo; J. Zanetti, Cordoba, Materazzi, Favalli; C. Zanetti, Veron, Cambiasso; Van der Meyde, Kily Gonzalez; Adriano.

Milan: Dida; Cafu, Stam, Nesta, Maldini; Ambrosini, Pirlo, Seedorf; Kaka; Crespo, Shevchenko.

Milan 0-4 Inter (August 29, 2009)

Thiago Motta 29, Milito 36 (pen), Maicon 45, Stankovic 67

Milan had endured a disastrous pre-season under new coach Leonardo, but found themselves ahead of Inter after the Nerazzurri were held in the opening game of the season by Bari. The Rossoneri were getting excited at the prospect of being five points clear of Inter after two games. However, it was to go disastrously wrong. Inter never looked like losing after Thiago Motta gave them the lead on the half hour. Diego Milito, who had scored against Milan in pre-season, then scored a penalty after Gennaro Gattuso had been sent off for a second yellow card – ‘Rino’ had been due to be substituted but his replacement, ex-Inter player Clarence Seedorf, wasn’t ready. Maicon and Dejan Stankovic rounded off the victory to leave Milan reeling.

Milan: Storari; Zambrotta, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Jankulovski; Gattuso, Pirlo, Flamini; Ronaldinho; Borriello, Pato.

Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu; Thiago Motta, Stankovic, Zanetti; Sneijder; Milito, Eto’o.