The 217th Derby di Milano between Inter Milan and AC Milan took place last night and served up a match worthy of the prestige and history that the derby holds. Derbies are a significant part of football and all over the world derby games ignite a passion among the players and supporters which is seldom present in other matches.
The emotional quotient of the match which strictly involves bragging rights have often led to tumultuous emotions on display, which at times have escalated into issues of violence. However, the 217th meeting was a peaceful affair in the stands.
And violence here was restricted to the finishing style. Perisic’s late equaliser cancelled out Suso’s brace to earn Internazionale a deserved point. Earlier, Candreva had viciously lashed the ball into the goal to cancel out Suso’s opener. The match also saw the referee dish out a total of six yellow cards two for Milan and 4 for the Inter side.
A defeat for Inter would have seen their cross-town rivals extend the gap between themselves to a minimum of 10 points and Inter did well on the night to avoid further imbarazzo (embarrassment).
#1 Suso’s magical finishes help Milan maintain the course
For followers of Liverpool in the Premier League, the no.8 of Rossoneri would have been a familiar face. But what must have not been familiar is the swish of the left boot which was responsible for turning the Derby Della Madonnina on its head.
42 minutes into the first half, Bonaventura played the ball to his right to Suso, who wasted no time in cutting inside and curling a fabulous shot across the goal and into the far corner. The shot’s perfection left the keeper grasping at thin air.
And just to show that the first finish wasn’t an aberration, Suso again was on the scoresheet in the 58th minute as he left Miranda in his wake through some nifty footwork in the box to place a right foot finish past the keeper to give the lead.
On any other night, the finishes by the Spaniard would have been enough to give his team the deserved three points. But unlike fairytales which meander towards a happy ending, football games aren’t so and Inter were on hand to grab the late equaliser which took the sheen off the 23-year-old’s efforts.