Two goals from Milan striker Rafael Leo helped the champions beat local rivals Inter Milan 3-2 in the fifth Serie A game of the season.
The victory briefly took Milan to the top of the table, before Napoli thrashed them 2–1 at Lazio. Milan defender Theo Hernandez and Inter midfielder Denzel Dumfries clashed after a ninth-minute clash, with both teams getting bookings.
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Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic scored his first goal of the season in the 21st minute when striker Joaquin Correa assisted after a well-attended counter-attack by striker Lautaro Martínez. Serie A goal. However, Milan equalized seven minutes later through striker Rafael Leo, who overtook Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic with a cross from Sandro Tonali.
Stefano Pioli’s team put under pressure but missed several chances before the half-time whistle. “Milan” striker Olivier Giroud counterattacked in the 54th minute with a weak but effective shot holding Hendanovic.
Leo quickly breached Inter’s defensive line and extended the lead in the 61st minute and scored the second goal. “Rafa has beautiful moves, he plays beautifully and knows he has talent,” Pioli told reporters.
However, Inter didn’t go down without a fight, with striker Edin Dzeko scoring just seven minutes later, whose shot hit the post and slipped inside. Milan goalkeeper Mike Mignon put up a scintillating performance to negate further efforts from Inter, who pressed all the way but were denied a draw.
“We scored three goals that Derby could not afford. “We deserved a draw for our chances,” Inter coach Simone Inzagi told reporters.
“Tonight we worked hard to score two goals and then we got a great goalkeeper in front of usa.”
Pioli also said that Milan should not rest in the last 25 minutes and be grateful that Megan did not score more goals. He added: “I really liked this team until the 70th minute, they played with courage and determination.”
Milan are second with 11 points after five matches and travel to Sampdoria next Saturday, while Inter are sixth with nine points and host Torino on the same day.