no winner in the Milan derby, Serie A still open

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AC Milan remain unbeaten in the Italian league but miss the opportunity to take the lead alone. Sunday, November 7, the « Derby della Madonnina » against Inter Milan ended in a draw (1-1). The Rossoneri keep pace with Napoli, the Serie A co-leader.

It has been almost six years since AC Milan no longer won the shock against Inter Milan in Serie A in the « home » configuration (which does not change much since the two clubs share the San Siro stadium. / Giuseppe-Meazza). The last victory dates back to January 31, 2016, an eternity. The wait will continue after the draw conceded Sunday on the 12th day of the 2021-2022 season.

Before kick-off, Simone Inzaghi’s men knew they could take control of the championship on their own. At the end of the afternoon, Naples had shared the points with Hellas Verona (1-1). But the derby started badly for Milan with this fault in the Ivorian’s box Franck Kessie on Hakan Calhanoglu. The Turk, Rossonero from 2017 to 2021 before moving to the rival, did himself justice by transforming the penalty into a goal and responding with a sign to the tifosi who booed him (11th).

Tatarusanu shines, the post takes away the match point from Saelemaekers

Inter did not lead for long. On a free kick from Sandro Tonali, Stefan de Vrij misplaced himself and beat his own goalkeeper, Samir Handanovic, with a header (17th). This very rhythmic first period changed again when the Senegalese Fodé Ballo-Touré offered a new penalty to Inter by mowing Matteo Darmian in the prohibited zone. This time, it is Lautaro Martinez who presented himself against Ciprian Tatarusanu, the Milanese goalkeeper who replaced Mike Maignan. And the Rouman relaxed perfectly to block the shot of the Argentinian (27th).

In the second half, the meeting could have turned from one side to the other. Arturo Vidal saw his two consecutive attempts be countered by Pierre Kalulu (72nd). At the end of the meeting, Zlatan Ibrahimovic heated Handanovic’s gloves on a free kick (82nd). There was especially this opportunity of the Belgian Alexis Saelemaekers, who came into play, who saw his shot rejected by the post, while Kessié did not frame this ball which had returned to him (90th).

1-1 therefore in the « Derby della Madonnina ». This means that AC Milan remain at the height of Napoli at the top of Serie A with the same number of points and the same yield (32 points, 10 wins and 2 draws) but a less good goal difference (+20 for Napoli, +15 for Lombards). Inter Milan, reigning Italian champions, remain third in ambush with 25 points, ahead of Atalanta Bergamo (22 points) and Lazio Rome (21 points). The race for the Scudetto will undoubtedly be intense this season.

Romanian AC Milan goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu is elated after blocking the penalty shot by Argentina's Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan on November 7, 2021.
Romanian AC Milan goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu is elated after blocking the penalty shot by Argentina’s Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan on November 7, 2021. AP – Antonio Calanni

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