Because that was Inter, a bombardment of goals that went 2-0 in just eleven minutes of play. Goal by Edin Dzeko at 7 after a set piece and by Mkhitaryan four minutes later in a great counter to tip the series just started the match.
The Derby della Madonnina was far from being the classic that the football world expected, and it finds reasons in the football news that both teams have. Fourth place for Inter and fifth for Milan in Serie A, more than 20 points behind the already champion Napoli.
For this reason, despite having possession, Milan (57%) barely had two shots on target. For this reason, despite the fact that Inter barely hit 77% of the pass, two of them ended up in assists for the goals that gave them the advantage in just eleven minutes.
Everyone expected to see Rafael Leao, a Milan figure, but he was not even on the bench as he could not overcome the muscle injury. The Portuguese is the most valuable player of both clubs, with a value of his pass letter of 100 million euros according to the specialized portal CIES Football Observatory.
And it was on the sidewalk in front that an old and experienced Edin Dzeko appeared to open the scoring and leave Milan ‘grogi’. The Bosnian striker scored the first goal with pure skill and became the second oldest player to score in a Champions League semifinal, at 37 years and 54 days he is only surpassed by Ryan Giggs (with United against Schalke at 37 years and 148 days).
Edin Dzeko is an old fox in Europe. Before, he has defended shirts such as those of City and Roma, with which he was a goalscorer in the Europa League in 2017. Today he is an attacker who is valued at 5 million but who has the vivacity to despite being held in the area by Calabria, put your left foot in front and open the scoring.
While, in his first Champions League semifinal, Lautaro Martínez was one of the highlights of Inter. Smart to let the ball pass for Mkhitaryan’s second goal and alive to invent a penalty that the referee bought, but the VAR corrected.
The Argentine played until minute 77 and was the player who won the most duels (8 of 11) and the one who generated the most goal chances, with three. But his work was not only in attack, he collaborated a lot in defense, with three interceptions, two clearances and five takedowns.
“Living this is a dream and we are one step away,” he declared after the first game. The Argentine even compared the passion that is lived in Milan with the one that is breathed in Argentina. He knows about challenges and is close to achieving one more goal.
|Semi-finals 2002-03||Milan 0-0 Inter||Inter 1-1 Milan||Milan qualified by away goal|
|Quarters 2004-05||Milan 2-0 Inter||Inter 3-0 Milan||The rematch was suspended due to bombardments thrown by the fans.|
UEFA gave Milan a 3-0 winner
|Semifinals 2022-23||Milan 0-2 Inter||Tuesday 16||For this edition there are no away goals.|
And the trend of this 2023 continues. It is the third time they have faced each other and Inter’s third victory over Milan. 3-0 in the Italian Super Cup last January and 1-0 in February for Serie A. And this time for the Champions League in which he takes the first step for an old revenge.
It is that history dictates that the two times they met in the past, both were passes from Milan without Inter having even won a game (two draws and two losses). This time Inter was finally able to win and they did so weighing down their initial advantage and suffering much later.
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