Inter Milan 3-2 AC Milan: 5 Talking Points
A nail-biting derby was settled courtesy of a hattrick by Mauro Icardi.
Goals: Mauro Icardi 28', 63', 90 | Suso 56', Handanovic (own goal) 81'
The first Derby della Madonnina of the season turned out to be quite a thriller with Inter Milan running out winners against fiercest rivals, AC Milan with a 3-2 scoreline. Mauro Icardi scored a 90th-minute penalty to seal the game for Inter and earn bragging rights until the next Milan derby. Icardi also completed his hattrick continuing his red-hot streak this campaign (9 goals in 8 matches).
Inter went on to take a lead twice but were found levelled by a spirited AC Milan performance. First, Suso scored for Milan with a curling left-foot shot whereas, for the second, Samir Handanovic parried the ball into his own net from a Giacomo Bonaventura header.
The win has solidified Inter's second position in the league whereas Milan have dropped to as low as being tenth on the table. On that note, here are the five talking points from a well-fought, highly entertaining Milan derby:
#1 A complete performance from Mauro Icardi
Icardi was on the bench recently when Argentina beat Ecuador in thrilling fashion to qualify for the World Cup. Icardi never got a look in but he made sure that he received the attention he deserves on the biggest of stages.
Captaining an Inter side in a Milan derby can be a big mental challenge but the forward not only overcome that but scored a proper striker's hattrick to take his tally to nine this season.
Two of his goals were Icardi being purely instinctive and taking a position and a run at the correct moment to guide the ball into the net. Also, the winning penalty might have been the toughest of his career with the match being in the balance at that moment and the time ticking down the drain.
But he showed that he was the coolest mind on the field to slot the ball past a hapless Donnarumma. Icardi has 87 Inter goals to his name and will be ecstatic to score his first goal from open play since August.