Inter Milan survived a late scare to hold on to a thrilling 3-2 victory over fierce rivals AC Milan, leapfrogging their neighbours in the Serie A in the process.
Matias Vecino broke the deadlock after just three minutes to give Inter the perfect start. It was exactly the response under-pressure bossLuciano Spallettiwould have demanded following Thursday’s humilating Europa League exit toEintracht Frankfurt.
The Nerazzurri should really have been out of sight by the interval, with Vecino spurning a gilt-edged chance for his second and the unmarked Milan Skriniar glancing his header wide from point-blank range.
Inter did make their dominance count in the 51st minute when Stefan de Vrij’s header doubled the ‘away’ side’s lead, but only five minutes later Tiemoue Bakayoko’s first goal for AC Milan – a bullet header against the run of play – gaveGennaro Gattuso‘s side renewed hope.
Internazionale restored their two-goal advantage in the 67th-minute courtesy of Lautaro Martinez’s penalty-kick after Matteo Politano was felled bySamuCastillejo, but AC Milan responded almost immediately through Mateo Muascchio’s scrappy finish.