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The Illustrious One
03-11-2007, 10:12 PM
Sunday, 11 March 2007 17:00:43


MILAN - Julio Cruz and Zlatan Ibrahimovic set each other up as Inter replied to Ronaldo's opener to defeat the Rossoneri 2-1 in Sunday's 266th Milan derby.

The win moves table toppers Inter 19 points clear of Roma who play Udinese in tonight's late game, and stretches the Nerazzurri's long unbeaten run to 35 games.

The first afternoon derby in 14 years kicked off after a minute's silence in memory of Inter legend Benito Lorenzi. And 'Veleno', a protagonist of a many a derby in the 1950s, would have been proud as Mancini's side produced a memorable second-half comeback after falling behind just before the break.

Inter carved out more chances than their city rivals in an end-to-end opening half with Hernan Crespo going close on three occasions before Ronaldo scored against the run of play.

The Argentine rifled wide a low shot after intercepting a Bonera clearance in the second minute as Inter made their intentions clear.

Mancini made an early switch with Maxwell replacing the injured Fabio Grosso on 18 minutes.

A period of Milan pressure midway through the half saw Andrea Pirlo send a curling free kick just wide of the left post before the Italy midfielder forced a tipped save from Julio Cesar when his 25-yarder dipped dangerously.

The Nerazzurri hit back and Crespo curled wide from an inviting position in the box after a mistake by the Rossoneri backline.

He went even closer with a flicked header from a right-wing cross by Figo, who then barged between Oddo and Bonera on the opposite flank before flashing his shot narrowly wide from a tight angle.

Ex-Inter striker Ronaldo gave his new club a shock lead five minutes before the interval with a venomous left-foot strike from 25 yards that found the bottom left corner.

With Dacourt unable to continue after sustaining a muscular injury in the closing stages of the first half, Mancini brought on Walter Samuel for the restart, moving Burdisso into a midfield position.

The Inter boss made his third and final switch nine minutes in. And what a decision it turned out to be. Eleven seconds after replacing Hernan Crespo, Julio Cruz rammed in from five yards to bring the teams level after Dida failed to hold an Ibra cross.

An inspired Cruz almost scored an quick second but his backheeled effort from Maxwell's left-wing centre finished over the bar.

Milan had Bonera to thank for denying Stankovic a clear chance on goal after the Serbian was put through by Ibrahimovic.

Cruz repaid Ibra's earlier favour for Inter's second goal on 75 minutes. The Argentine robbed Jankulovski on the right before cutting back for the Swede to slide into the left corner from 12 yards and lift the roof off the Meazza.

INTER 2-1 AC MILAN (HT: 0-1)

Scorers: Ronaldo 40, Cruz 54, Ibrahimovic 75.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 16 Burdisso, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso (6 Maxwell 18); 5 Stankovic, 15 Dacourt (25 Samuel 46), 7 Figo, 4 Zanetti; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo (9 Cruz 54).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 20 Recoba, 21 Solari, 91 Mariano Gonzalez.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

AC Milan: 1 Dida; 44 Oddo (2 Cafu 62), 25 Bonera, 3 Maldini, 18 Jankulovski; 8 Gattuso (20 Gourcuff 79), 21 Pirlo, 10 Seedorf (11 Gilardino 70), 23 Ambrosini; 22 Kaką; 99 Ronaldo.
Subs not used: 16 Kalac, 7 Oliveira, 17 Simic, 32 Brocchi.
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna).

Booked: Ibrahimovic 30, Samuel 71, Pirlo 72, Cordoba 86.

PaC3Y
03-12-2007, 12:36 AM
I'm sick of the AC Milan fans who are saying Inter's got it easy this year. lol wtf? Inter hasn't lost in the league this season without only one good team in Juve not there. Inter's the best italian team. full stop.

rodger p
03-12-2007, 05:27 AM
good result 4 inter bro
fucking hate ac milan

The Illustrious One
03-12-2007, 12:23 PM
I'm sick of the AC Milan fans who are saying Inter's got it easy this year. lol wtf? Inter hasn't lost in the league this season without only one good team in Juve not there. Inter's the best italian team. full stop.



Hell yeah.. I love Inter..



i remember awhile back you didn't like Inter. what happened?

Nickolai
03-12-2007, 12:31 PM
Shame
I Like Milan

rodger p
03-12-2007, 01:18 PM
ronaldo scored nice goal
didnt think he would celebrate but he did

The Illustrious One
03-12-2007, 01:48 PM
ronaldo used to play for Inter back in the day.... i wonder how it felt to play aganist a team he used to play for.

rodger p
03-12-2007, 02:12 PM
sure ronaldo use 2 play 4 barcelona n played against dem wit madrid

PaC3Y
03-12-2007, 05:17 PM
Hell yeah.. I love Inter..



i remember awhile back you didn't like Inter. what happened?

Nah i didnt say i didn't like them. lol they're my 3rd fav team overall. Fav italian team aswell.

The Illustrious One
03-13-2007, 11:20 AM
^ what are the first two?

PaC3Y
03-14-2007, 04:00 AM
Newcastle United....by far lol, then Marseille and 3rd is Inter. Arsenal is my 2nd fav English team for the record lol.