AC Milan – Internazionale: late Donnarumma error decides lackluster Milan derby (0-1)

This Milan derby was defined by two teams showing up without a clear idea how to create big chances. With the score being 0-0 for a very long time, watching this game felt more like the old Serie A: a defensive stalemate, featuring lots of hard fouls and a heroic striker that decides it in the end.

The game between AC Milan and Internazionale is called Il Derby della Madonnina, because it is a symbolic battle for the statue of the Virgin Mary on top of the Duomo in Milan. Not just three points are at stake in this match, as the city of Milan is still strictly divided in the rossonero (red-black) and nerazzurri (black-blue).

These two clubs share a lot more than just a city and a stadium. They used to be the same club. Internazionale was founded in 1908, after a debate about sticking with strictly talian players. A group of rebellious members did not agree with this and decided to found their own club - hence the name.

Over a hundred years have passed, and irony thrives big time. As we all know, AC Milan’s history was heavily characterized by a very good Swedish trio in the fifties and an even better Dutch trio thirty years after that. But let’s not be petty about that.

If we zoom in on the present, it is clear that Internazionale are experiencing a very weird season. Coming into this derby, they had won six games in a row, without playing actual good football in any of those matches. Like Inter have done

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Erik Elias (25) is co-founder and chief editor of Between The Posts. Dutch, so admires Johan Cruijff and his football principles, but enjoys writing about other styles as well. Former youth coach. Scout. 'Quality without results is pointless. Results without quality is boring.' [ View all posts ]

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