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AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan: Player ratings as thrilling Milan derby ends in a share of the spoils | Serie A 2021-22

The Milan rivals play out a draw for the first time since April 2018
The Milan rivals play out a draw for the first time since April 2018
Sachin Bhat
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AC Milan and Inter Milan played out a pulsating contest in Serie A even though there was no separating them, as the 229th Milan derby ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

Hakan Calhanoglu opened the scoring for the Nerazzurri from the spot after Franck Kessie brought him down inside the area.

However, just six minutes later, the Rossoneri restored parity when Stefan De Vrij headed a corner from Sandro Tonali into his own net.

The reigning champions then had another chance to go in front with a second penalty as Matteo Darmian was hacked down by Fode Ballo-Toure. Lautaro Martinez, however, saw his spot-kick saved by Ciprian Tatarusanu.

Both sides pushed for a winner in the second-half, with Milan even hitting the post through Alexis Saelemaekers, but couldn't find a breakthrough.

The Milan Derby ends in a draw: 1️⃣-1️⃣ 🔚1️⃣ point each for 🔴⚫ and ⚫🔵 💥#MilanInter #SerieA💎 #WeAreCalcio https://t.co/mT1yn4W9OZ

Milan remain in second place and still unbeaten going into the international break, while Inter are in third, seven points behind.

Here are the player ratings for both sides:


AC Milan

Milan's unbeaten run in Serie A continued
Milan's unbeaten run in Serie A continued

Ciprian Tatarusanu - 8/10

Milan's best player of the night, Tatarusanu made a series of incredible saves to keep his side in the game, including keeping out Martinez's penalty which ultimately proved decisive.

Ciprian Tatarusanu has saved his first ever penalty for AC Milan. And he's done it against arch rivals Inter. 🧤 https://t.co/HWqu2J9ksC

Davide Calabria - 6.5/10

A solid display from the Milan left-back, who improved vastly from his midweek showing in the Champions League. However, Calabria was dispossessed a few times and was beaten in the air too.


Simon Kjaer - 7/10

The Milan skipper didn't put a foot wrong in the game and was an absolute rock at the back, making three clearances and interceptions each.


Fikayo Tomori - 7/10

The former Chelsea man's pace is a huge asset and he used it to ruffle a few Inter feathers, whilst also forcing De Vrij into scoring the own goal during a set-piece.


Fode Ballo-Toure - 6/10

He looked to be in sixes and sevens in the first half, even conceding the second Inter penalty with a clumsy challenge on Darmian.


Sandro Tonali - 7.5/10

The 21-year-old worked hard all night and even bagged an assist for their goal as it was his free-kick that De Vrij converted into his own net.


Franck Kessie - 6.5/10

Kessie tracked back and closed down spaces often, as always. But the penalty he conceded will surely nag him, considering it was a strange call.


Brahim Diaz - 6/10

Inter did a fabulous job of keeping Diaz quiet, who failed to impact the proceedings in any meaningful way.


Rade Krunic - 6.5/10

His physical style of play helped Milan win the midfield battle as Krunic did a fine job of keeping Brozovic quiet.


Rafael Leao - 6.5/10

The Portuguese only completed nine accurate passes in almost an hour's action but still managed to get three shots on target, a testament to how dangerous he was. He could've used a little more cutting edge.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic - 6.5/10

No derby goals for the Milan legend tonight but he was still an important player in their build-up, whilst also winning a few duels.


Substitutes


Pierre Kalulu - 7/10

He replaced the ineffective Ballo-Toure at half-time and proved to be a massive upgrade, making important blocks and then playing a key role in their late surge.


Ante Rebic - 6.5/10

The Croatian was good on the ball and helped Milan continue their press. However, he'd be frustrated to have missed two good chances late on.


Alexis Saelemaekers - 7/10

Saelemaekers was very lively, although he smashed an effort against the post late on, missing a great chance to win it for the 'home' side.


Ismael Bennacer - 6.5/10

The Algerian, too, put up a good display but blazed a good chance well over the bar and saw a late chance he created wasted by Rebic.


Tiemoue Bakayoko - 5/10

He rarely got on the ball despite Milan being in control when he came on.

Inter Milan

Lautaro Martinez missed a penalty for Inter
Lautaro Martinez missed a penalty for Inter

Samir Handanovic - 6.5/10

The Inter custodian made four saves on the night but could do nothing about the own goal.


Milan Skriniar - 6.5/10

A resolute display from the Slovakian, who won all his ground duels and also looked to push his side forward with delicious long balls.


Stefan de Vrij - 6/10

The Dutchman made a mess of a simple header but if you take that out, he had a good game against tough opposition, whilst also making five clearances.


Alessandro Bastoni - 7/10

Bastoni was amazing under pressure and was never afraid to charge forward, even laying an excellent ball for Barella, whose shot was unfortunately blocked, denying him an assist.


Matteo Darmian - 7.5/10

A lively attacking presence from the right who also won the second penalty. His offensive positioning was spot on, too.


Nicolo Barella - 7/10

Buzzing with energy and purpose, Barella was a big threat to Milan, although he'd be disappointed not to have converted Bastoni's cross in the first half.


Marcelo Brozovic - 5.5/10

The Croatian struggled against Milan's press but when on the ball, he looked bright, although those moments were few and far between.


Hakan Calhanoglu - 8.5/10

The Turkish playmaker was in inspired form against his former club, coolly dispatching a penalty in the first half. He could've easily had a second had he not blazed a good chance wide late on.

Hakan Çalhanoğlu‘s game by numbers vs. AC Milan: 75 touches (most)14 accurate final third passes (most) 12 ball recoveries (most) 10 crosses (most) 9 duels won (most) 5 shots (most) 5 fouls won (most) 2 aerial duels won 1 goal Haunting his former side. https://t.co/1S1EaImzzE

Ivan Perisic - 7.5/10

An excellent all-round performance from Perisic, who was solid defensively and looked threatening going forward too.


Edin Dzeko - 6/10

The 35-year-old has proved everyone wrong this season but tonight was arguably his worst outing with Inter. He was anonymous for much of the game and failed to muster a single effort on target.


Lautaro Martinez - 6/10

Martinez was excellent off the ball, hounding Milan players like a pitbull, but his finishing left a lot to be desired, whilst the Argentine's penalty was also poor.

LAUTARO MARTINEZ DENIED FROM THE SPOT. ❌The Derby della Madonnina 🍿 https://t.co/dCDHXdhLRD

Substitutes


Arturo Vidal - 5/10

The Chilean failed to get a grip on the match after replacing Barella.


Joaquin Correa - 6/10

No late-double heroics from the former Lazio man tonight.


Denzel Dumfries - 6.5/10

The Dutchman kept his cool and showed good positioning but could never attack.


Alexis Sanchez - 6/10

He won a free-kick in injury-time which came to nothing.


Federico Dimarco - N/A

He rarely even got a whiff of the ball.

Edited by Prem Deshpande
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