Inter 4-2 AC Milan: Second half blackout proves costly for the Rossoneri

What started so well for AC Milan, eventually ended in misery as Inter managed to turn things around in the second half, putting four goals past Gigio Donnarumma in goal. For the Rossoneri, it’s the first loss of the year, and one that certainly will hurt for a long time.

As mentioned, Stefano Pioli’s men got off to a very bright start. After applying pressure and more or less dominating the first half, Rebic gave his side the lead with just five minutes to go. Of course, Ibrahimovic was involved in the goal as he assisted the Croatian. 

Five minutes later, one minute into injury time, things got even better for the Rossoneri as the 38-year-old bagged himself a goal off a corner. Managing to get away from his opponent at the back post, he easily headed in the second. However, Inter goalkeeper Padelli’s actions on both goals can be questioned.

Therefore, considering how the first half looked, the 2-0 lead seemed like a safe one for Milan as the second half kicked off. However, this certainly wasn’t the case. The Nerazzurri got a taste of comeback early on as Brozovic pulled one back in the 51st minute, firing a lovely volley past Donnarumma.

Just over one minute later, incredibly enough, Sanchez was picked out in behind the defence, forcing Donnarumma to come one before laying it off to Vecino. The midfielder made no mistakes and the equaliser was a fact. Suddenly, the momentum completely shifted and Milan crumbled.

However, Inter didn’t find the third until the 70th minute, when De Vrij was able to gain some space on a corner. In a very impressive manner, he completed the comeback with a nice header. For the Rossoneri and their fans, obviously, the little energy that was left after the initial blackout seemingly disappeared.

In search of an equaliser, Milan pushed forward and Inter had chances to score another one. With just one minute to go of the game, Paqueta picked out Ibrahimovic in the box with a nice cross. The Swede, however, hit the post with his header and Inter managed to escape conceding a third.

Instead, the Nerazzurri made it four goals to two as Moses found Lukaku at the back post. Kjaer slipped just before the ball arrived and thus it was easy for the Belgian striker to capitalize. The result was set and the run of poor outings against Inter continued for Milan.

After such a good first half, where Pioli’s men really did dominate, it feels like the end of the world for the Rossoneri faithful. If anything, it’s unacceptable to crumble as they did, especially considering how important this game is both for prestige and with regards to the league standings.

Back to the drawing board, or at least so it seems, although the biggest challenge will be to regain confidence ahead of the tough Coppa Italia semi-final (first leg) against Juventus on Thursday evening.

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