In what was the most highly anticipated domestic match of the year for both teams, the Derby Della Madonnina between home side Inter and Milan provided no lack of entertainment. The usual subplots unfolded like usual, as we were treated to a slew of violent tackles, face-to-face confrontations and last minute drama.
Anyway, onto what we learned from this pivotal Serie A match!
This match was a harsh reality check for elated Milanisti like myself who were floating on air after the 2-0 demolition of mighty Barcelona. The Rossoneri defense came back down to earth, as Philippe Mexes brutally mistimed an aerial jump which resulted in Ezequiel Schelotto's goal for Inter.
Not many games have the same fervent history of Il Derby Della Madonnina. Their first ever match was a friendly on October 18, 1908, and they've played constantly ever since then. Ironically, the two teams have a near equal record: 75 wins for Inter, 75 wins for Milan and 62 draws overall.
Talk about parity....
A header and a shot from inside the box miraculously saved by Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic in quick succession showed us that Super Mario's debut for Milan in Il Derby Della Madonnina could've given Rossoneri fans much more for which to cheer. This is the first match Balotelli fails to find the back of the net for his new side.
Even though he was highly regarded during his first few months with Inter last year, Andrea has had an underwhelming 2013.
His team has only won one of their past five domestic matches, and is one point below the Champions League qualification spot on the table. His main fault at the moment seems to be his reaction time in reading situations and adapting a new scheme that will get his team back in the game. Nevertheless, it'll be an incredible race for that third spot in Serie A.