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Derby della Madonna: Milan Humbled By Internazionale

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 24:  Wesley Sneijder of Inter during the Serie A match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 24, 2010 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Robin SAnalyst IJanuary 25, 2010

The 100-year-old rivalry between the famous Milan clubs reached a new height with an extra-ordinary game at the San Siro. Jose Mourinho's team dismissed the ageing Rossoneri with a 2-0 victory, thereby making sure that Inter are well away from the chasing group with a nine point lead over AC Milan.

The final outcome of the game underlined the fact that Inter are already looking like the Champions and it's a formality to give the finishing touch.

It was an occasion of magnificent intensity combined with pride. Injured Nesta was the notable absentee from the much awaited game.

It all started with a bang when Sneijder's long range effort came back off the post. Sneijder was a constant threat at the goalmouth and finally the inevitable goal came from Inter's top goalscorer Diego Milito after 10 minutes, showing why he's worth the £22 millions that Inter paid for him.

Inter kept the pressure up but midway through the half the whole complexion of the game did change when Sneijder was given the marching order for questioning the referee's decision to book Lucio for a simulation.

Milan suddenly started enjoying more of the possession but couldn't really convert the advantage to their liking. Milan almost scored when Beckham's perfect cross found Borriello, but the header went just wide.

Referee was keen to take the cards out almost on every single opportunity and failed to notice a hand-ball from Maicon which could have resulted in an equalising goal from the spot.

Inter kept attacking on the breaks. Finally, at 65th minute, Pandev wonderfully curled a direct free-kick into the top corner and all but sealed the game for his side.

There was still time for more drama. Lucio was shown a second yellow card for a deliberate hand ball which resulted in a penalty. Ronaldinho shockingly failed to convert from the spot as Julio Caesar pulled out a spectacular save in the injury time.

Inter bravely defended in the last few minutes with only nine-men and earned a deserving victory over their bitter rivals.

Later on, Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho claimed his side could have won even with seven men. Sounds a bit arrogant but he's over the moon and why not?

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