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Inter Throw Away Derby della Madonnina Victory

Antonio Candreva and Mauro Icardi thought they’d given Inter the Derby della Madonnina, but Milan’s incredible comeback at the 97th minute made it 2-2.

This was a momentous Derby, as this week Yonghong Li completed the takeover of Milan, ending the 31-year reign of Silvio Berlusconi.

It was a suitably spectacular match for the occasion, as Inter took a 2-0 lead in the first half through Antonio Candreva’s lob and a Mauro Icardi tap-in.

However, Milan poured forward towards the end of the game to set up a dramatic finale with Alessio Romagnoli volleying in Suso’s cross.

A corner with the last kick of the game saw Cristian Zapata acrobatically turn on the underside of the bar and goal-line technology confirmed it had crossed over.

Just like earlier this season, when Inter came back to draw 2-2 in stoppages, the Milan Derby ended in a stalemate.

Afterwards, Inter boss Stefano Pioli, who is under growing pressure as his side are now winless in their last three matches lamented:

“The fourth official told me the match would finish at 51.30,” Pioli revealed, speaking to Premium Sport after the match.

“But then the game ends when the referee blows his whistle. We should have been more attentive, the team had to stay in the game until the very end.

“It’s a shame, because after some difficulty at the start we’d done well. I’m very disappointed, because it’s a derby and we could have gone above them in the table.

“It was a game where we had to suffer, we tried to be aggressive early and that left some room for our opponents, then we covered more and restarted.

“It was the right choice, it’s just too bad we had those two lapses of concentration on set pieces. We need to do a little more in that regard.

“My future? You talk too much about my future, I’m not worried and nor should you be. We had a big disappointment today, but the only result will be the one we have at the end of the season.

“We’re disappointed but we have to stay strong because there are still important games to come to recover our League position.

“The Europa League race isn’t over yet.”

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