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Inter Milan 2-1 AC Milan


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By Caroline Cheese

2146: That's it then. Don't know about you, but I very much enjoyed our (virtual) trip to Milan. Back to domestic matters tomorrow as Arsenal host Cardiff in a fourth-round replay. Don't panic, sports fans, no need to log off just yet. There's still the end of the cricket...
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2144: "The Italian sides are better this season than last. Inter Milan are a stronger side than the one that lost to Liverpool in the Champions League last year. United are strong, but they have a horrendous fixture list. Inter definitely have a chance."
Alan Hansen on BBC3

2142: "Beckham was very quiet out there. He wasn't his normal, energetic self. I think he must have been carrying that injury from midweek."
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson on BBC3

2135: "Inter will definitely be difficult for Man U. They really do the job. I would be happy to come away from San Siro with a 1-0 or 2-1 loss and then go at them at Old Trafford."
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2134: "Scenes of uncontrolled joy from the Inter fans in the San Siro as, despite a nerve-jangling finish, Inter earn the victory that takes them nine points clear at the top of Serie A and 11 points ahead of AC. They have just taken an almighty step towards winning Lo Scudetto, and there are tears of happiness rolling down some of the Nerazzuri fans' faces, before they proceed to belt out the club anthem. But spare a though for Milan captain Paolo Maldini, the last Rossoneri player to leave the field after his 56th and final derby. He even gets a standing ovation from the Inter fans. They may never see his like again."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at the San Siro

2131: A bit unlucky they may have been, but AC Milan are now 11 points behind their rivals in Serie A. Inter are nine points clear at the top - and surely they've got one hand on the trophy now.

2130: "It was a fantastic game. Inter had chances to finish the game off after half-time - but credit to Milan, they came right back into it and it could have been a draw."
Alan Hansen on BBC3

2128: FULL-TIME Inter Milan 2-1 AC Milan

2128: Massimo Ambrosini is caught offside on the edge of the box. That's surely it for Milan now...

2126: Zlatan Ibrahimovic tries some keep-ball, inviting Philippe Senderos to make the challenge - an invitation which is ignored. The Swede eventually passes to Maxwell on the edge of the box but Milan win back the ball.

2124: Not so Super Pippo. He's one on one with the keeper - and onside to boot - but is denied by the outstretched leg of Julio Cesar. Four minutes of added time remaining.

2123: Milan pile forward. The cross from the right is cleared only as far as Clarence Seedorf, but his shot is deflected behind for a corner. Julio Cesar looks a bit fortunate to win a free-kick as he weakly punches clear. Didn't seem to be a lot of contact.

2122: Jose Mourinho makes his third and final substitution as Sulley Muntari makes way for Maxwell. Three minutes remaining.

2120: Nicolas Burdisso's first contribution is to kick the ball away in frustration after Inter concede a free-kick. Yellow card. Shortly after, Christian Abbiati is forced to tip over Maicon's cross-shot.

2118: With seven minutes remaining, both Inter's goalscorers are now off. Dejan Stankovic is replaced by Nicolas Burdisso.

2116: Pippo Inzaghi is offside - AGAIN! This time, though, the striker should be relieved as he heads over the right-wing cross. Pippo sends another volley of angry words in the linesman's direction. Very entertaining sideshow this...

2115: "Pato has been Milan's best player tonight and the precocious 19-year-old fully deserves his goal. But boy has Ronaldinho come to this party - his ball to play in Marek Jankulovski was sublime, before an outrageous no-look pass almost led to a Pippo Inzaghi leveller moments later. It's like 2005 all over again."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at the San Siro

2114: A defensive change from Jose Mourinho as Patrick Vieira replaces striker Adriano. Plenty of Arsenal connections tonight aren't there?

2112: Pippo Inzaghi has the ball in the net - a sizzling, volleyed finish - but he is offside. Regular viewers of the Super Pippo show won't be at all surprised by that. As play continues, the veteran striker is still remonstrating with the officials, but his complaints fall on deaf ears.

2111: Philippe Senderos comes on to replace Kakha Kaladze, who has had a poor night. The Arsenal defender has struggled with injury since making his loan move and only made his league debut last month.

2110: Step-overs from Ronaldinho creates the space for the cross from which Milan earn a corner - but Inter clear. Pulsating game now.

2107: Inter roar back. Adriano escapes down the left and despite the attentions of Paolo Maldini, he gets his shot away but Christian Abbiati makes a decent save.

2105: GOAL Inter Milan 2-1 AC Milan
Game on. Ronaldinho's clever ball finds Marek Jankulovski's run down the left and he cuts the ball back for Alex Pato to sidefoot home.

2103: Clarence Seedorf plays the ball into Alex Pato and continues his run into the area to reach the return. The Dutchman decides on another touch - a heavy one as it turns out - and Inter recover. Better from Milan.

2101: Maicon is still driving forward, despite Inter's lead. He cuts in from the right before fizzing a shot wide of Christian Abbiati's right-hand post.

2058: On-loan Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos and ex-Gunner Mathieu Flamini are both warming up on the touchline for Milan.

2056: "Moments after a loud explosion sent panic spreading throughout the press area (the English ones, anyway), bang goes David Beckham's involvement in his first Milan derby. The famed Milan Lab is all about the prevention of injury, so they won't be best pleased about that. It's a body blow for the 'visitors', too, with one of their best players on the night limping off."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at the San Siro

2053: Adriano plays in Zlatan Ibrahimovic down the left-hand channel and the Swede hammers the shot first time, Christian Abbiati forced to tip over.

2051: David Beckham limps off with what looks like a hamstring injury. He is replaced by Pippo Inzaghi.

2048: Massimo Ambrosini appeals for a penalty as he is sent tumbling near the byeline by Dejan Stankovic. Roberto Rosetti says no, but it looked a decent shout.

2047: "David, David," chant the Milan fans as the England midfielder and Andrea Pirlo stand over a free-kick about 35 yards out. But it's Pirlo who takes it and he blasts it wide. The Rossoneri are none too pleased about that.

2046: Clarence Seedorf blazes over from close range at the far post. Difficult chance, but how Milan could have done with that.

2045: "Ronaldinho is 'economical' with his movement. The only one of Milan's front men who is making himself available all the time is Pato."
Mark Bright on BBC3

2043: Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes advantage of another Kakha Kaladze error and powers into the box on the right. His square ball for Adriano is hit too hard though and the Brazilian striker can't get there.

2041: It should be 3-0. Adriano brushes off the challenge of Kakha Kaladze and is through on goal but sidefoots wide. No reaction from Jose Mourinho, who is still leaning against the edge of the dug-out, as cool as you like.

2040: Alex Pato takes the ball past Walter Samuel - who brings the Brazilian crashing down to earth. Yellow for the Inter man.

2039: Away we go in the second half. No changes as yet.

2037: The exotically-named Skrtel's Breakfast Nails on 606 reckons Maicon is the best right-back in the world, ahead of Barca's Dani Alves. I reckon Alves edges it - but Maicon has been mighty impressive this evening.
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2033: "As Milan's players trudged off the field, they looked like a team that had just conceded the Scudetto. The second goal is their punishment for letting their heads go down after the opener, leaving Carlo Ancelotti, a much admired man in the Chelsea boardroom, with a difficult task on his hands at half-time. As for Jose Mourinho, it looks like his astonishing run of not losing a home league game is set to continue. This will be his 110th without defeat, a run that stretches back to February 2002, in his first season with FC Porto."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at the San Siro

2029: "I think it's accidental handball by Adriano for the first goal. He's shaped to head it and it just comes off his arm."
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson on BBC3

2025: Manchester United face Inter Milan in the first knock-out round of the Champions League, with the first leg at the San Siro on 24 February, so hopefully Sir Alex Ferguson has made it home from Derby in time for this one. If not, he's almost certainly following this commentary on his mobile. Right?

2023: "The shape of the Inter team is very good. The midfield three has nullified a lot of the Milan threat."
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson on BBC3

2022: HALF-TIME Inter Milan 2-0 AC Milan

2020: Massimo Ambrossini clatters into Maicon near the touchline and earns the first yellow card of the game. He is penalised again moments later - careful now...

2018: GOAL Inter Milan 2-0 AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic wins the header from a long free-kick and Dejan Stankovic easily loses his marker before smashing the finish low into the corner. Stunning strike.

2016: Adriano, brimming with confidence after his goal, lets fly with a daisy-cutter from range. It bounces a couple of times, allowing Christian Abbiati to scramble across and collect.

2015: "Shame about the goal as Milan were playing some quality football. Seems to have sucked the life out of them for now."
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2011: Adriano tries to muscle his way into the penalty area but is stopped by a perfectly-timed challenge from Paolo Maldini.

2010: "That goal was against the run of play - it's a hammer blow for Milan, who are all-but out of the title race if they lose. Inter celebrated like they'd just won Serie A, and goalscorer Adriano made a point of running to coach Jose Mourinho and giving him a hug. A pointed gesture from the burly Brazilian striker, as the two men have reportedly spent most of the season at loggerheads."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at the San Siro

2009: Christian Chivu flings himself in front of Clarence Seedorf just as the Dutchman shoots inside the box. Should Inter hang onto this lead, they will have a nine-point lead at the top of Serie A.

2006: The ball definitely flicks off Adriano's arm after he has headed it. AC Milan - who have had the better of the play so far - have every right to feel aggrieved.

2004: GOAL Inter Milan 1-0 AC Milan
Maicon produces a stunning cross from the right and Adriano gets in between two defenders to bundle the ball home which what looks like his arm. The Brazilian runs to celebrate with Jose Mourinho.

2001: Ronaldinho plays a lovely through-ball for Alex Pato with the outside of his foot but the Brazilian is forced wide and Inter survive.

2000: David Beckham makes headway down the right before allowing Ronaldinho to take over but the Brazilian is blocked in the box.

1956: Great save from Inter keeper Julio Cesar, sticking an arm up to bat away Alex Pato's flicked effort from Ronaldinho's cross.

1952: Massive chance for Inter. Esteban Cambiasso delivers a low ball from the left for Dejan Stankovic, who times his run into the box beautifully. But he then dithers for far too long and is denied by a goal-saving tackle from Massimo Ambrosini.

1951: Patient build-up play from Milan. Marek Jankulovski eventually swings over the cross from the left and Alex Pato does well to reach the header - but can't control it.

1949: Many thanks for all the texts about the BBC3 commentary which is a touch out of synch at the moment. I am assured someone is looking into it. Of course, it may just be that commentator Guy Mowbray can actually see through time.

1948: "Is it just me, or is David Beckham getting more feisty as he gets older? After a fiery cameo in midweek for England, almost his first involvement in his first Milan derby was that spat with Sulley Muntari. I wonder if Javier Zanetti has told his colleagues to try and provoke him, as his Argentine team-mate Diego Simeone did at the 1998 World Cup?"
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at the San Siro

1947: Paolo Maldini runs into the back of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to give away a free-kick. Ibrahimovic is on the end of it, chesting it down beautifully before Sulley Muntari has the shot - which is over the bar.

1946: Another corner for Inter and this time Adriano and Walter Samuel get in each other's way as they go for the header at the far post.

1944: Milan keeper Christian Abbiati, who has replaced Dida as first-choice this season, does well to get a punch on a corner.

1940: When the game does get back under way, David Beckham gets involved in some needless argy-bargy with Sulley Muntari.

1940: Referee Roberto Rosetti has to halt play briefly as a flare is thrown onto the pitch. The fire service are on the scene quickly to remove it.

1939: Alex Pato skips past Esteban Cambiasso with embarrassing ease on the right, but is eventually stopped in his tracks by a typically firm challenge from Sulley Muntari.

1936: Early warning for Milan as Zlatan Ibrahimovic is left unmarked in the box to meet Esteban Cambiasso's long free-kick but it's just too high and the Swede can't control it.

1935: AC Milan get the 270th Milan derby under way at the San Siro.

1935: "The noise reached a crescendo as Javier Zanetti and Paolo Maldini led their respective teams out of the tunnel at the San Siro. It sent a shiver down my spine, but it's not likely to bother either of them. Argentine Zanetti has skippered Inter with distinction for the last 10 years, while the great Maldini is playing a ludicrous 56th - and last - derby for Milan. Having made his debut 24 years ago, it's his 1,028th game as a professional footballer."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at the San Siro

1932: Handshakes all round, Inter's former Portsmouth midfielder Sully Muntari giving Clarence Seedorf a friendly hug as they pass each other.

1930: MUFCRonaldoMUFC and the rest of us don't have long to wait. The players are making their way down the tunnel, David Beckham smiling and winking at someone as he follows his team-mates out.

1929: "I cannot wait for this match to kick off. Simple as."
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1924: In answer to a text from David J, Kaka does not play tonight because of a foot injury. Big blow for the (nominal) visitors as the Brazilian is their top scorer in the league with 11 goals. Still Alex Pato isn't too far behind with 10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 14 Serie A goals for Inter - his nearest rivals are Maicon and Dejan Stankovic with four each.

1922: Juventus's draw with Sampdoria earlier means AC Milan would go second with victory against their rivals tonight. If Inter win, they'll go nine points clear of Juve and 11 ahead of Milan.

1918: "The population of Milan is about 1.3 million, and it sounds like half of them are in the imperious Stadio Giuseppe Meazza tonight. The atmosphere is extraordinary, with both sets of fans in tremendous vocal form. Remember this is technically a home match for Inter, so no surprise that the biggest boos in the warm-up were reserved for David Beckham and Ronaldinho."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at the San Siro

1917: I'm hoping for a bit of Ibrahi-magic tonight. He has scored 10 goals in his last 11 games and some of the most spectacular strikes you're ever likely to see. The Swede has a reputation for going missing in big games though...

1916: "I don't know about all of you but can't wait to see how Ibrahimovic plays... IMHO he's the most overrated player I have ever seen!"
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1913: "Maicon starts! Inter will win."
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1910: TEAMS
Inter Milan: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Samuel, Chivu, Santon, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Muntari, Stankovic, Ibrahimovic, Adriano.
Subs: Toldo, Cordoba, Maxwell, Figo, Cruz, Vieira, Burdisso.
AC Milan: Abbiati, Zambrotta, Maldini, Kaladze, Jankulovski, Beckham, Pirlo, Ambrosini; Seedorf, Ronaldinho, Pato.
Subs: Dida, Emerson, Inzaghi, Favalli, Senderos, Antonini, Flamini.

1907: If the MLS has its way, this could be David Beckham's first and last Milan derby. It is almost certainly Paolo Maldini's last - although after the 40-year-old's retirement about-turn last season, nothing is absolutely certain.
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1905: Just in case you missed it, this game is live on BBC3 tonight, as well as being streamed on the BBC website for UK users. Failing that, just stick with me, you won't go far wrong I hope.

1900: David Beckham, Jose Mourinho, Ronaldinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paulo Maldini... Not a bad cast is it? Welcome to the 270th Derby della Madonnina.

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