Sunday, August 30, 2009

Italian League: Inter Milan dominate the derby 4-0, and Juventus beats Roma 3-1

Quick match report and other Serie A results below
The derby della Madonnina took place this weekend and it brought huge surprises with it, Inter Milan crushed AC Milan 4-0, and not only this but Inter Milan were able to do it with a very different style of play than their usual.
Before the transfer market Jose Mourinho asked his president, Massimo Moratti, for four different players, a central defender (Lucio), a central midfielder (Thiago Motta), an attacking midfielder (Sneijder), and a striker (Diego Milito and Eto'o), now that Jose Mourinho has gotten what he wants he has no more cards to play, he must win it all.
Inter Milan shone in the derby against AC Milan bringing together silky smooth one touch passing and the physicality of the team. To put it simply, Inter Milan dismantled AC Milan. Inter Milan kept posession with good passing, Lucio and Maicon made sure the defensive line stayed high up the field to help press the opponents, and they were able to maneuver the ball into tight spaces. the first goal was pure teamwork, passing the ball around the AC Milan area to then filter it through to Thiago Motta (sensational on the night) who sent it past Storari. The second goal was Digo Milito from the penalty spot because Gattuso had fouled Eto'o in the box, the third goal was a copy of the first except with Maicon slotting it past the keeper, then came half time, although the game already looked decided and Inter Milan were content to pass the ball around the midfield, the fourth goal came, and the fourth goal was a cracker, Dejan Stankovic blasts the ball into the top right hand corner, 4-0.
Another gamble which payed off for Inter Milan was that Jose Mourinho put Sneijder in the starting 11. Sneijder had only arrived the day before from Spain and was presented the same day, without even a proper training session Sneijder unlocked many capabilities for Inter Milan. In the first 5 minutes he made sure Storari, (AC Milan goalkeeper), was awake with a powerful shot from outside the box, and he continued to play exceptionally well
AC Milan was also highly affected by their captain, Rino Gattuso, being sent off because of accumulation of yellow cards, but that was no excuse, AC Milan were clumsy and showed only quick flashes of dangerous play but other than that Inter dominated. Ronaldinho was overpowered by physical defenders and the powerful striker that should have been, Borriello, was nowhere to be seen.
Although on their first day Inter Milan were held back by a good Bari side, Inter showed what they could accomplish and if they could continue to play like this, on September 16th Barcelona will be shaking in their boots.
Quick match report
AC Milan vs Inter Milan
San Siro Giuseppe Meazza stadium- attendance: 78,467
6' Flamini receives a yellow card- AC Milan
29' GOAL!!! Thiago Motta scores!!!- Inter Milan
34' Samuel receives a yellow card- Inter Milan
35' Gattuso receives a yellow card- AC Milan
36' GOAL!!! Diego Milito scores!!! (penalty)- Inter Milan
41' Gattuso is sent off because of accumulation of yellow cards- AC Milan
44' GOAL!!! Maicon scores!!!- Inter Milan
45' Seedorf replaces Flamini- AC Milan
45' Ambrosini replaces Borriello- AC Milan
60' Muntari replaces Thigao Motta- Inter Milan
64' Huntelaar replaces Ronaldinho- AC Milan
67' GOAL!!! Stankovic scores!!!- Inter Milan
73' Vieira replaces Sneijder- Inter Milan
79' Balotelli replaces Diego Milito- Inter Milan
81' Chivu receives a yellow card- Inter Milan
Juventus also played Roma at the Stadio Olimpico and they powered out a 3-1 win over the romans. Both teams played very well but Juventus had more dominance in the game and they were able to finish off Roma with two goals from Diego and in the final minutes with a goal from Felipe Melo.
Other Serie A results
Bari-Bologna: 0-0
Roma-Juventus: 1-3
Atlanta-Genoa: 0-1
Cagliari-Siena: 1-3
Chievo-Lazio: 1-2
Fiorentina-Palermo: 1-0
Napoli-Livorno: 3-1
Parma-Catania: 2-1
Sampdoria-Udinese: 3-1


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