Ray Hudsen (RH): Welcome, all, to this home of two of the giants of Italian football, the San Siro, as city rivals Internazionale and AC Milan fight it out for bragging rights and the 3 points here today. What a wonderful run this season again by Inter, 70 games unbeaten in Serie A and in contention for a quadruple, and today the Nerazzurri can seal a second straight Scudetto with a win over their hated rivals.
Phil Schoen (PS): Don’t rule out the Rossoneri, though. Despite the fact that Milan have won only 1 of their last 4 Serie A games, they are still in third and are fighting for that lucrative Champions League spot. They’ve also moved on to the Europa League semifinals and are major contenders in that trophy as well, and will be hoping to spoil the party tonight. Here are our starting lineups.
Both teams look strong, though a few names missing. For Inter, of course, Joel Obi and vice-captain Esteban Cambiasso are out due to long term injury, but a more recent blow is ex-Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli who will miss out through accumulation of yellow cards. The Rossoneri will miss injury prone striker Alexandre Pato and solid defender Philippe Mexes through injury, and tough tackling defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong misses out through suspension as well.
Ray Hudsen: Looks like we’re set for the kick, Inter attacking to the right and Milan to the left. Here we go, buckle your seatbelts as we are in for a cracker.
27’ PS: Here’s Romano on the ball, a good season the youngster’s been having.
RH: Oh, majesterial ball to Pereira over the top! Pirlo-esque magic!
PS: Pereira heads it back into the middle, Albiol clears, but Sissoko’s first to it and heads it back in. Ademilson comes out with the ball…
RH: GOAL TO INTER! Fantastic placed finish from the wonderkid Brazilian who sends the crowd into raptures! Halfway through the first half and Internazionale lead 1-0!
PS: Milan couldn’t deal with the ball in the box, and they paid the price. It all started with a wonderful ball from the kid, Romano, let’s not forget.
33’ RH: Here’s Gaitan, playing out on the right today for the Rossoneri. Wonderful piece of skill to get past Pereira, he’s found some space…
PS: Just wide! He had Handanovic scrambling, and the goalkeeper was not going to get there had it been on frame!
RH: He put his laces through it and just barely missed. First signs of intent to equalize from Milan.
41’ PS: Here comes Romano again, what a game he’s having, really dictating the tempo.
RH: Wonderful pass for Sissoko into space, one touch through to Coutinho! He’s on one on with Abbiati…WHAT A SAVE!
PS: Brilliant stop by Abbiati, came out and made himself big. The fleet-footed Brazilian couldn’t find a way past, and the Milan shot stopper keeps things close.
HT’ RH: We’ve reached half time at the San Siro with the Nerazzurri leading one goal to zero after a delightful goal from Ademilson. If this result holds, Bergomi and his young side will win their second straight Scudetto against their eternal rivals.
49’ PS: It’s a corner kick to be whipped in by Antonio Nocerino here. Good ball in, but the refs blown his whistle! He’s called a penalty for AC Milan!
RH: Well that’s a terrible decision! Kevin-Prince Boateng ran into Luis Muriel, and suddenly went down like he’d been shot! Bergomi is furious with the decision, and you can see a sly smile creeping into Jurgen Klopp’s face! Great chance here to equalize!
PS: Nocerino will take it. Handanovic is trying to put him off here, taking random steps to either side. Nocerino strides up…
RH: Fantastic stop from Samir Handanovic! He leaped to his left wonderfully and palmed out the penalty with a strong glove! Top class goalkeeping!
59’ PS: Christian Abbiati with a goal kick. He sends it up the field, looking for Boateng. Mohamed Sissoko wins it for Inter and nods it down to Ademilson. Quick passing here from Inter as he finds Coutinho.
RH: Sublime pass from Coutino! Muriel is through on goal here, can he score? Oh, certainly not like that he won’t! That’s a shocking finish, at least 8 yards wide of the goal that was at his mercy.
PS: Milan let off the hook big time, things still at 1-0.
90’ RH: Milan are throwing everyone forward here trying equalize late on in the game, and they’ve been caught out by this Inter counter attack!
PS: Pereira’s got the ball out wide here and he’s chipped in Muriel on the left. Abbiati comes out…
RH: Muriel’s laid it off to Raheem Sterling WHO FINISHES ON THE EMPTY NET! Two goals to zero for Internazionale, and for the second year running they are the Serie A champions! The Scudetto is mathematically going to Inter Milan!
FT’ RH: And it’s all over! The Nerazzurri fans are all over the field, the players and the coaches are ecstatic! A victory over their city rivals and the Scudetto, what more could a team ask for? It’s all over tonight, as Inter win 2-0 over Milan and wrap up the Serie A title and can now shift their focus to the Champions League.