In­ter hold AC Milan in thrilling derby

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MILAN (AP): IVAN PERISIC´’S stop­page­time goal saw In­ter Milan res­cue a point in an en­ter­tain­ing 22 derby draw against city ri­vals AC Milan yes­ter­day.

Suso had scored twice for Milan, which looked set to move to sec­ond place in Serie A be­fore Perisic´’s last-gasp equaliser. An­to­nio Can­dreva net­ted In­ter’s other goal.

Milan re­mained third be­hind Roma on goal dif­fer­ence and seven points be­hind league lead­ers Ju­ven­tus, which beat Pescara 3-0 on Satur­day. In­ter moved ninth.

This was likely to be Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni’s fi­nal derby as Milan’s owner and the Ros­soneri fans paid trib­ute in their pre-match chore­og­ra­phy, un­veil­ing a gi­ant ban­ner with a pic­ture of him and all the tro­phies won dur­ing his ten­ure.

Ber­lus­coni, who pur­chased the club 30 years ago, is ex­pected to close a deal next month that will see his ma­jor­ity stake go to a group of Chi­nese in­vestors that in­cludes a Chi­nese state in­vest­ment fund.

It was also a first Milan derby for In­ter’s new Chi­nese own­ers, as well as Ste­fano Pi­oli’s de­but as Ner­az­zurri coach af­ter re­plac­ing the sacked Frank de Boer just be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break.

In­ter had lost six of its past 10 matches in all com­pe­ti­tions, but started the brighter and had sev­eral chances to take the lead.

WEAK EF­FORT

Milan sparked into life to­wards half-time and Car­los Bacca wasted a counter-at­tack with a weak ef­fort straight at In­ter goal­keeper Samir Han­danovic´ with team-mate M’Baye Niang un­marked.

The Ros­soneri broke the dead­lock mo­ments later fol­low­ing an­other break­away. A long throw from teenage goal­keeper Gian­luigi Don­narumma found Gi­a­como Bon­aven­tura, who sprinted for­ward and picked out Suso, with the Spa­niard curl­ing his shot into the bot­tom left cor­ner.

Can­dreva lev­eled in con­tro­ver­sial cir­cum­stances in the 53rd with a stun­ning strike into the top right cor­ner. Milan play­ers sur­rounded the ref­eree in protest as they felt they should have been awarded a free kick when In­ter was given the throw-in that led to the goal.

The smoke from flares lit by cel­e­brat­ing In­ter fans hadn’t cleared when Suso re­stored Milan’s lead. The for­ward col­lected Bacca’s pass and be­fud­dled In­ter de­fender Mi­randa be­fore fir­ing across into the bot­tom left cor­ner.

In­ter could have lev­eled sooner, but Perisic´ volleyed nar­rowly wide while Mauro Icardi scuffed an ef­fort from a great po­si­tion, with only Don­narumma to beat.

They found the equaliser in the fi­nal sec­onds as Jei­son Murillo headed on a cor­ner and Perisic´ tapped it in at the far post.

Mean­while, Roma failed to keep the pres­sure on Ju­ven­tus as a woe­ful sec­ond-half per­for­mance saw them lose 2-1 at in­form Ata­lanta, which moved level with fourth-placed Lazio.

AP

In­ter Milan’s Gary Medel (left) and AC Milan’s Car­los Bacca fight for the ball dur­ing a Serie A match be­tween AC Milan and In­ter Milan at the San Siro sta­dium in Milan yes­ter­day. The game ended 2-2.

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