Perisic strikes late to save In­ter derby blushes

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

IVAN PERISIC struck a dra­matic late leveller to grab a share of the spoils for In­ter Mi­lan in an en­thralling 2-2 derby draw with AC Mi­lan that saw Suso hit a brace for the hosts.

Mi­lan, look­ing to move up to sec­ond be­hind Ju­ven­tus af­ter Roma’s 2-1 slip-up ear­lier at Ata­lanta, were sec­onds away from se­cur­ing the lo­cal brag­ging rights.

Suso broke the dead­lock on 43 min­utes and hit a bril­liant sec­ond be­fore the hour af­ter An­to­nio Can­dreva had given Ste­fano Pi­oli’s men hope with a well­struck but con­tro­ver­sial 53rd­minute leveller.

How­ever Mi­lan’s cel­e­bra­tion plans were promptly can­celled as Perisic, the Ner­az­zurri’s star player on the night, coolly side­footed past teenaged goal­keeper Gian­luigi Don­narumma from a knocked-on cor­ner in the first minute of added time.

Mi­lan re­main third and level on points with Roma, with both seven points be­hind lead­ers Juve. In­ter are up to ninth.

It was new In­ter coach Pi­oli’s first game in charge of a Serie A club since be­ing sacked by Lazio fol­low­ing a 3-1 de­feat to city ri­vals Roma in April.

The 51-year-old saw his team dom­i­nate an en­thralling open­ing half that had Don­narumma on his toes only for Suso to fire Mi­lan into the lead just be­fore the break, and he wants im­prove­ments up front.

“To score goals you need de­ter­mi­na­tion and a lit­tle anger, this is cer­tainly some­thing we have to im­prove on,” Pi­oli said af­ter­wards.

Mi­lan coach Vin­cenzo Mon­tella said later: “The ref­eree In­ter Mi­lan for­ward Ivan Perisic (right) scores dur­ing the Ital­ian Serie A match against AC Mi­lan at the ‘San Siro Sta­dium’ in Mi­lan yes­ter­day. had a great game tonight, but one in­ci­dent was bor­der­line.

“It’s al­ways dis­ap­point­ing when you con­cede so late in a game but the lads should be happy with their per­for­mance, their at­ti­tude and com­mit­ment was spot-on,” said Mon­tella.

“They’ll have a lit­tle trou­ble sleep­ing, but they shouldn’t. We’d be a lot more dis­ap­pointed if we had 10 points less.” – AFP


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