Inter Milan have continued their perfect start to their Serie A season thanks to Freddy Guarin’s deciding goal in 1-0 derby win over AC Milan at the San Siro.
AC Milan had the better of the first half, with Luis Adriano guilty of missing some good chances to give his side a vital lead.
The second half went better for Roberto Mancini’s side and Guarin’s stunning 58th minute goal sealed their third win of the season.
It was the Rossoneri who had the brighter start. Carlos Bacca nicked the ball off of Jeison Murillo before he slid the ball through towards Adriano. The Brazilian striker rounded on Samir Handanovic, but the goalkeeper made a good save to deny the €8m striker.
Up the other end, Inter’s new star striker, Stefan Jovetic, went close when he fired inches wide with a rasping drive from 20 yards out. Adriano was in again not long later as raced onto Giacomo Bonaventura’s pass, but Juan Jesus came across to make a stunning sliding tackle, saving a certain goal.
Jovetic looked a danger from distance as he flashed a shot wide, but it was his strike partner who had the final chance of the first half. Mauro Icardi, who is Inter’s new captain, sped onto the former Manchester City man’s through ball but found Diego Lopez in his way, making a good save from a close distance.
After the interval, Inter took control. They should have been in front when debutant Ivan Perisic crossed from the left, but Lopez made a diving save to keepout Guarin’s header. Just before the hour mark, the Colombian wouldn’t be denied again.
The impressive Geoffrey Kondogbia led the counter-attack, before sliding the ball through to Guarin. The winger, who was making his 93rd appearence for Inter, switched the ball onto his left foot and bent it amazingly into the bottom corner, bringing this lacklustre Milan derby to life.
Milan brought Mario Balotelli on for his second debut with the side follwing a switch from Liverpool in the summer in a hope he would make an impact. However, before he could, Milan should have been 2-0 down.
Davide Santon, formerly of Newcastle United, did well to fizz a low cross in from the right and Icardi got low to send a stooping header towards goal. Unfortunately, the header fell wide of the near post from six yards, despite the goalscoring talents of Inter’s new skipper.
Balotelli did have two late chances to get his side level. First, he found space 25 yards out to send a rocket of a shot that smacked off the outside of the post, with Handanovic beaten.
Just after, the striker, who played for Inter Milan in a stint between 2007 and 2010, fired at goal from a free-kick but the home side’s goalkeeper made a stunning fingertip save to keep his clean sheet in tact.
With that clean sheet, Inter won the game keeping their 100% record in Serie A this season, and sending them to the top of the table.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)