Coppa Italia | Inter 3-0 Milan: Lautaro seals Derby and books Final ticket

by | Apr 19, 2022 21:59

Lautaro Martinez bagged a first half brace to sweep Milan aside and reach the Coppa Italia Final, along with a late Robin Gosens tap-in, but Ismael Bennacer had a goal controversially disallowed.

The Nerazzurri will face either Juventus or Fiorentina in the Final on May 11, which will be a one-off match.

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The first leg ended 0-0 on March 1, so because the away goals rule still applies in the Coppa Italia semi-final this season, the Rossoneri would go through with a score draw here. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alessio Romagnoli, Samu Castillejo, Simon Kjaer and Alessandro Florenzi were still injured, with Franck Kessie moved into a more advanced role.

It took just four minutes to break the deadlock, Matteo Darmian’s low cross from the right finding Lautaro Martinez for a splendid right-foot volley from 12 yards to beat Mike Maignan at the near post.

That also meant we could not get extra time, as that was only possible with 0-0 after 90 minutes.

Kessie hit the side-netting, while Samir Handanovic collided with Milan Skriniar rushing out to close down Rafael Leao, so Ivan Perisic had to get back and recover the loose ball.

Handanovic used his leg to parry a Leao angled drive at the near post, then got down brilliantly to beat away the Alexis Saelemaekers strike on the volley from the edge of the box.

Olivier Giroud accidentally got in the way of Sandro Tonali’s finish with the inside of the boot from 12 yards.

Nicolò Barella’s half-volley flashed over the bar after Theo Hernandez was booked for bringing down Tucu Correa on the counter.

Milan were pouring forward, Theo Hernandez rapid give and go allowing him to get the pass through for Kessie, denied by Perisic’s sliding block practically on the line. Leao also tested Handanovic again, but Inter scored from the counter of that move, Correa’s through ball allowing Lautaro Martinez to spring the offside trap and dink the finish over Maignan.

Lautaro Martinez almost completed a hat-trick in first half stoppages, his glancing header on a Calhanoglu corner flashing across the face of goal.

After the restart, Lautaro Martinez stung Maignan’s gloves at the near post on the counter, but Milan did have the ball in the net on 67 minutes.

A set play hit Fikayo Tomori on the chest and landed at the feet of Bennacer to drill in from the edge of the box. The Inter players protested for handball, but it was an offside position that prompted the VAR on-field review. Pierre Kalulu was not technically in the path of the shot, but he was considered to be impeding Handanovic’s view and the goal was therefore disallowed.

Instead, Inter added a third on the counter when Brozovic ran onto the Arturo Vidal through ball and rolled across from the right for substitute Robin Gosens to meet it from a yard, although Kalulu might’ve got the final touch.

Giroud had a couple more headers off target, but just like their recent Serie A form, goals are becoming a real problem for Milan.

Inter 3-0 Milan (3-0 agg)

Lautaro Martinez 4, 40 (I), Gosens 82 (I)

Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni (D’Ambrosio 79); Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu (Vidal 73), Perisic (Gosens 79); Correa (Alexis Sanchez 70), Lautaro Martinez (Dzeko 70)

Milan: Maignan; Calabria (Gabbia 73), Kalulu, Tomori, Theo Hernandez; Bennacer (Krunic 73), Tonali (Brahim Diaz 46); Saelemaekers (Messias 46), Kessié, Leao (Lazetic 86); Giroud

Ref: Mariani


  1. Kieran

    No shame in Milan getting a drubbing from Inter as it was expected given the head to head over the last decade or longer. No goals over 2 legs is woeful and they were schooled again. The 2-1 win this season was a one off. This fixture is like the Merseyside derby and one team is clearly superior just colours are reversed. Investcorp better hurry up, find a buyer and return Milan to the top where they belong. Look at the Inter bench and compare that to Castillejo, Diaz, Messias and co. Even Calabria, Bennacer and Alexis have no business wearing that shirt. Inter have Di Marco and Gosens on the bench and a rested Dumfries. Milan have nobody. No Scudetto for over 12 years including this year, Juve gonna buy big again and no Coppa Italia in 20 years. Pathetic and very clear that they are the 2nd biggest team in Milano and 3rd in Italy. Results do not lie barring the Champions League haul.

  2. Yepe

    Next focus on Serie A.

  3. vogel

    Oh Milan.

    Another season without any trophies.

    At least it might not a couple-hundred million off the bill for InvestCorp (or whatever they’re called) now that they’re not buying a ready made success. Instead it’s a work-in-progress.

  4. vogel

    *knock* not *not*



    INVESTCORP be like Damn it we buy the wrong Milan club

    Comfortable win for Inter. Milan had their moments but never once looked threatening

    Hopefully this win give us the final boost we need for the double

    Inter – FIorentina for the copppa final


  6. Meer

    Oh man that was some hammering for us….but no shame we accept defeats with grace. Inter were a better side period!

  7. Andy

    Inter took their chances, while Milan didn’t. And Milan’s defense was shocking. But once again, a clear as daylight goal disallowed for Milan. Handanovic did not even appeal for offside. His vision wasn’t blocked. The shot was so well placed that he had no chance and did not dive (like he usually doesn’t).

    Hope there’s an investigation as this season is clearly rigged in favor of Inter

  8. Alen

    Andy my dear friend are you off your meds?

  9. Chris

    @andy. Crying baby playing the victim card lol

  10. Carl

    As if the Milan goal that was chalked off would have made a difference. @Kieran is totally right and Milan are the second coming of Arsenal. It is where some promising young players come to learn and harness their skills before onto bigger and better things. Juventus, hate to admit and Inter are institutions where big players come to win immediately as it is expected. How the once great ACM have been reduced to a finishing school / academy.

  11. Bruno Tome

    keep crying, @Andy.

  12. Milanwizz

    Ref was okay today. Offside ok, even though he wouldn’t never saved that. Not the night. However, Torino penalty? Inter fans? Don’t. Forza Fiorentina tomorrow. Forza Milan! Sempre!

  13. Bunga2

    Congrats Inter, deserved win. We have been found wanting for several games now and this heavy defeat is a long time coming and hopefully provide the wake up call for the players to do more in the last 5 games of Serie A.

  14. Rossonero Adrian

    The fact that the referee went back twice to look at the footage tells me that it was not a clear and obvious refereeing error which is what VAR is supposed to be for.

  15. Milanwizz

    Guys, the referee had to investigate whether he was in the goalkeeper’s line of sight to the ball and thus interfering with the line of play. I’m sorry he didn’t move away to the other side or get away earlier. In any case it was an offside and also Inter would’ve never saved that in any case. The truth is: it was a great strike, also Kalulu was in an offside position interfering with play. Pity. We could’ve had a game. As for the obscenity of that Torino penalty not given? That’s fair game to criticise. In fact, if it proves decisive, I ask all fans of the Serie to write to the Lega!

  16. Geedup

    I’m glad there are some Milan fans that can be objective here. Admittedly there have been some decisions over the season about which they can feel aggrieved but that’s been the case for all teams, including Inter. The difference being Milan have had much more closer results throughout the season so any controversial decisions have more visibility.

  17. Milanwizz

    I don’t think you can compare the two in the Serie. It’s like saying Milan has to win by a margin grater than a goal in order to win, and that’s not how it’s supposed to be. Also are you up three goal to zero or more, the referee sometimes are not compelled to add any more extra time or playing any extra time at all. Regarding the Serie, the referee’s mistake in the Spezia game which arguably cost Milan three points was a personal error which can happen anyone. So it’s just unfortunate. But to allow Udinese to score with a handball and not to award a penalty to Torino are incomprehensible errors which arguably amounts to a value of four points. Then you can count the controversy with Napoli on top of that. Had Milan been either 10 or 7 points a head of Inter at this stage it would’ve been quite different, wouldn’t it? Thankfully nothing goes past Mike these days in the Serie. And it will be nice to see him end the season with 12 clean sheets in a row. Whether we score some is more the question.. let’s hope so! Forza Milan! Sempre!

  18. Milanwizz

    Also, I would completely encourage your complaint if it comes down to goal difference, which it won’t, as Milan has beaten Inter overall in the Serie. We can take some extra pride in that come the Coppa final when we sit there with the scudetto. Five finals to go! Forza Milan!

  19. Geedup

    @Milanwizz What I find funny is that Milan fans are quick to cry foul when any controversial decision goes against them but whenever they benefit from the same, you all are either silent or find any and every reason to justify the decision. Now it’s not a big deal as fans of pretty much every club does the same but when it turns into claims that the games are rigged or refs are favouring a rival over your team, that’s when it starts to sound like sour grapes. Milan’s penalty for the 1st goal v Roma was never a handball in a million years. Even at 2-1, Zaniolo should have won a penalty but it wasn’t even reviewed by var. And you want to talk about Inter? How about Giroud barging into Sanchez to take the ball, nearly knocking off his head, in the lead up to his first goal? Again ref and var had chance to look at that incident and chalk off the goal but completely ignored it and the goal changed the trajectory of that game and the title race. And those are just some of the incidents from which Milan have directly benefitted and changed the outcome of a game. Every team has been at the receiving end of good and bad decisions that have directly affected the outcome of a match. Anyone that claims otherwise is just playing the victim card.

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