Martinez owns Milan derby

19 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Inter beat bitter rivals AC Milan 3-2 in Sunday’s thrilling derby to move above their neighbours in the Serie A table, with Lautaro Martinez’s penalty ultimately proving decisive, report agencies.

Luciano Spalletti, who was sent to the stands in the closing stages, had seen his side win just once in five competitive outings amid the ongoing stand-off with Mauro Icardi, but they produced a focused display to end Milan’s five-match winning Serie A streak.

Inter were superior to Milan all over the pitch in the first half, with Matias Vecino’s early goal setting the tone for proceedings until the break, before Stefan de Vrij made it 2-0 just after the interval.

Tiemoue Bakayoko hit back for Milan before Martinez – who continues to start in Icardi’s place – netted from the spot and, although Mateo Musacchio forced a tense finish, Inter just about did enough to move back up to third above their rivals.

Despite Milan’s excellent form coming into the game, Inter looked far more fired up at the start and went ahead after just three minutes.