AC Milan defeated their inner-city rivals Inter Milan 2-1 in the Italian Super Cup final Saturday in Beijing.
Milan scored two second-half goals to come from behind and get the victory over their bitter rivals after they ended Inter's five-year reign at the top of the Serie A in May.
Though the season does not officially kick off for three weeks, both sides were certainly raring to go for this match, which was held in Beijing's Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium due to a prior agreement between the Italian league and Chinese government.
It was an exciting match throughout and certainly left fans hoping a strike in Italian football can be avoided.
Inter dominated the early stages of the match, and Manchester United and Manchester City target Wesley Sneijder fired Inter ahead with a superb free kick in the 22nd minute.
Milan's Genarro Gattuso was lucky not to see a red card for his challenge, though his tenacity surely showed that neither team was looking at this as a preseason match.
Inter continued its dominance after the break, but in the 60th minute, former Inter Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed in the equalizer for Milan, and the tide turned. Nine minutes later, Kevin-Prince Boateng scored what would be the winner.
It's a poor start to the season for Inter under new manager Gian Piero Gasperini, who replaced former Milan coach Leonardo this summer.
It's Milan's fist Super Cup victory since 2004, and they're certainly looking to build on their strong performances from last season.
The future of Sneijder is still up in the air for Inter, but both teams showed plenty of promise for the coming season.
AC Milan will certainly be looking to make it two Scudettos in a row, while Inter will be hoping to avoid a repeat of their season start from last year.
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