Inter 0-0 Milan Mid-Table Derby
In the build up to the game it was briefly feared that Lopez might not make it due to a sprained finger but he did start. Honda made a return but had to start on the bench, as did Destro, as Inzaghi decided to give Suso a start. A minor surprise was Alex taking Paletta’s spot in defence. The best early chance fell to Hernanes as his shot from outside the box was palmed into a corner. Milan appeared lacklustre and barely threatened and often ceded possession easily. Suso forced a Samir Handanovic save in the 20th minute but little else until the half hour mark. Suso’s freekick, after a Gary Medel undeserved yellow for a foul on Abate, ended in the Inter goal but was called back for a questionable offside. The half fizzled out with little passion.
Early in the second Inter had a goal called off correctly for offside. Milan’s possession was improved but lacking a true and recognized striker meant little danger in Inter’s box. Perhaps Destro or Pazzini would need to come on. In the 57th minute Rodrigo Palacio had a chance to give Inter the lead but Lopez managed to collect the ball. Inter started to retake the initiative. A bit later Inter had a case for an Antonelli hand ball in the box but by current interpretations it would have been harsh. In the 70th minute Paletta replaced an injured Alex. Moments later an Inter counter had the ball in the back of the net but it was called back due to a foul. Destro and Cerci came on for Suso and Poli. Lopez made the most important contributions by controlling one good and few not so good chances.
This derby will be most remembered for the disallowed goals and it highlighting the new mediocre status of the Milan teams.
More about the match in its forum thread.