ItalyA penalty goal and an own goal made the two Milan teams draw 1-1 in round 12 of Serie A on the evening of November 7.
Not just two rivals in the same city, this match also has the meaning of competing in Serie A between the top team (Milan) and the third place team (Inter). It is also the first match of midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu against his old team, after switching from red to blue in the summer of 2021.
And it was he who made the first impressions. In the 8th minute, with Edin Dzeko, Calhanoglu put pressure on Franck Kessie to lead the ball back to the penalty area. Kessie’s leg then snapped into Calhanoglu, causing the Inter player to fall. The referee immediately gave the away team 11m, despite Milan’s reaction.
Calhanoglu made it himself, with a shot widening into the center of the goal, while goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu fell to the left. Excited with the opening goal, the Turkish midfielder ran out to celebrate, pretending to be provocative in the area of the Curva Sud stand – where groups of loyal Milan fans gathered.
But such short-Tay gang joy. Just six minutes later, Inter let Milan equalize 1-1. From the free-kick on the left, Sandro Tonali hangs on for his teammates. While bouncing high to break, midfielder Stefan de Vrij accidentally headed home the net.
Before the match, Milan are creating a seven-point gap. But the history of confrontation in recent years is in favor of Inter. They have won five of the last six, scoring 14 goals and conceding only six. Even Milan lost the last three derbies at home, out of a total of 67 defeats received before Inter. In history, no team has made Milan lose so much in Serie A, except Juventus (with 67 matches).
And yesterday, the voice of history almost spoke. After being equalized, Inter rose fiercely, and created more delicious opportunities. But they all waste money. Typically, Lautaro Martinez’s penalty in the 25th minute, after Matteo Darmian was fouled by Ballo-Toure in the penalty area. The Argentine striker sank to the left corner, but was stopped by goalkeeper Tatarusanu. Not long after, Nicolo Barella’s quick shot in the penalty area was cleared by Ballo-Toure on the goal line, and Martinez shot diagonally wide.
Milan also had their own opportunities, but could not make a difference. Most notably, Alexis Saelemaekers’ shot hit the post in stoppage time.
Draw 1-1, Milan fell behind Napoli because of the difference, while Inter remained in third place.