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Pato Took Milan Flying High In The Derby

AC Milan - Impact de MontréalAc Milan turns around the majority of the recent premonition favoring their neighbor, Inter Milan, in the Derby as the Rossoneri once again defeated the Nerazzurri for the second time of the season this time with a larger scoreline.

Alexandre Pato scored a brace while Antonio Cassano added another one but foolishly get himself sent off right at the end of the match after making two silly mistakes, forcing both teams to end the game with 10 men as Leonardo’s team had Cristian Chivu red carded earlier.

In the high tension Derby with the former Milan’s coach, Leonardo, coming back in front of his former team’s crowd, the match switched in the home team’s favor just withing the first minutes after Pato open the scoring capitalizing on a mess up defending by the Nerazzurri. The Rossoneri’s fine one-two passing in front of the visitor’s defense simply caught Leo’s man cold as they failed to clear a dangerous ball inside the back only for the 21-years-old Brazilian easily tapped on an empty net.

The first goal stunned Inter as they were forced backward in the first 20 minutes with Milan playing such a lovely flowing attacking football that pretty much troubled the Blue and Black team’s defense. However, through their physical strength and advantages from the set piece, Inter managed to get into the game after creating some dangerous chances notably a header from the corner that saved right on the line by Milan’s keeper, Christian Abbiati.

Nearing the end of the match, the game turned exciting as both teams looked very dangerous although Milan still edging the possession over their arch rival, but things doesn’t really looked comfortable as just yet for the Rossoneri. Just as the first period, Massimiliano Allegri’s team started the second half in a very strong fashion as they once again exploited the lack of pace of the Nerazzurri’s two center backs. Reaping the reward from the strategy, Pato forced the referee to send off Chivu after the player made a professional challenge as the last defender just when the Brazilian player simply outrun him for pace and could’ve score the second one.

The red card surely gives more advantage to Milan as their confidence grew even more, taking the game totally over Inter, creating tons of goal scoring chances before Pato once again prove decisive with his positioning, nodding into Ignazio Abate’s missed kick. There were a little doubt regarding the Brazilian striker’s position but replay showed that it was a very close call as the 21-years-old did look a level with one of the Nerazzurri’s defenders.

The home team’s second goal simply killed the match as after that, it was all Milan that take the initiative and should have added one or two more goals if Robinho didn’t lose his shooting boots once again. As the game wears off, the Rossoneri got their third goal from a penalty after substitute player, Cassano, was pulled back by Javier Zanetti inside the box, leaving the referee no chance but the award the spot kick.

Cassano took the penalty himself and simply slot the ball easily to make the scoreline simply deserved, but a rather silly celebration by throwing his shirt simply cost the Italian international in the end as he got send off because two yellow cards. It was a rather stupid punishment that the fomer Sampdoria man got as he would pretty much missed the upcoming match against Fiorentina, which once again a very difficult game for the league leader.

Nevertheless, the victory simply brought Milan’s morale flying high again as they managed to beat one of their strongest title rivals this season twice, home and away. Another win that they collected was against third place Napoli, that also got thrashed 3-0 in San Siro, this will surely lift the players spirit for the remaining matches, not to mention the boost that the Rossoneri would have with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return from suspension and also Andrea Pirlo along with Fillipo Inzaghi, who have been recovering from injuries and could be back with the team soon.


Match Reports

Ac Milan v Inter Milan 3-0

Goals: Pato 1, 62, Cassano 89(pen) [Milan]

Milan: Abbiati; Abate, Nesta, Thiago Silva, Zambrotta; Gattuso (Flamini 51), Van Bommel, Seedorf; Boateng; Pato (Emanuelson 84), Robinho (Cassano 79)

Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Ranocchia, Chivu, Zanetti; Thiago Motta, Cambiasso (Stankovic 71); Sneijder; Pandev (Cordoba 55), Eto’o, Pazzini (Milito 63)


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