Owusu’s goal was decisive, taking the Nerazzurri to their third straight victory. In the final Fontanarosa saves the equalizer on the line
The twelfth facing the thirteenth. A trivial challenge if it weren’t the derby, which is always beautiful and which is stronger than the logic of the standings. And in fact Inter and Milan created a spectacular match, which saw only one goal but many, many chances. In the end, it was the Nerazzurri who smiled, who reached the relegation zone in the league (rather unusual for those who had won the Scudetto a few months earlier) but who have reacted for a few weeks, picking up their sixth consecutive useful result today (1-0, Owusu’s goal was decisive). Now the points away from the playoffs, which seemed like a mirage, are only six and not even the first round is over. There is therefore all the time in the world. Even for Milan, who haven’t won against their cousins since 2018 and who have been overtaken in the standings. But who also has the courage to field the 2006 Scotti and an army of 2005s from 1′, in addition to the very young Sia, who in full recovery saw the equalizer saved on the line.
Milan have not won since 6 November and a week ago they came back to Napoli in the photo finish. Inter are going through a great moment, they are doing better and this is demonstrated in the first half in which – not surprisingly – the man of the match is Nava. The Rossoneri goalkeeper, son of Stefano – former reserve of the various Baresi, Maldini, Tassotti and Costacurta – is super on Di Pentima’s safe shot and on Owusu’s close shot, which precedes Kamate’s fireball, printed on the crossbar. Then, just when Milan seemed to have reacted to a difficult half hour with the usual El Hilali (well done Botis) and Eletu’s attempt (ball that runs across the line), Owusu scored in the 33rd minute, the second in the tour of 8 days after the one at Empoli. The winger born in 2005 tries from inside the area and takes advantage of Bartesaghi’s decisive deflection, carrying on his goals. The boy runs fast, who already last year had played 19 times for the Primavera from under age between the championship and the Youth League and who had also taken over in the championship final against Roma, all after scoring in the Viareggio tournament with U18.
However, Milan are not there and try to react. El Hilali always takes the team on his shoulders (7 goals in 11 games before today), but in the 79th minute Botis is very good at relaxing and extending his big hand on the diagonal low shot of the 19-year-old forward. Finally, the hero of the day at Inter becomes Fontanarosa, who saves Sia’s last desperate attempt on the line after time runs out, a 2006 player who has scored 55 goals in the last 5 seasons in the AC Milan youth team that Abate decides to throw into the fray. The defender, who in the summer had scored from an assist from Bellanova in the friendly match against FC Milanese for the first team, was considered one of the best 2003 players in Italy when the Nerazzurri, in 2019, decided to invest 750,000 euros in it to snatch him from the Empoli. Left footed, Bastoni as an idol, two brief experiences with Napoli and Sampdoria in his curriculum: physique, leg, setting technique, logic in defending: for Chivu he is the prototype of the defender that everyone in the world is looking for. So he will be able to play many Derbys, probably. But this, with the decisive save on the line, will take him inside forever.
January 15th – 6.20pm
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