Italian Super Cup: Inter Fall to City Rivals in the Opener

Nate KahnContributor IIIAugust 7, 2011

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 13:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan looks on during the Serie A match between AC Milan and AS Bari at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 13, 2011 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Defending Serie A Champions AC Milan got their season off to the perfect start, with a 2-1 victory over Inter. The Super Cup was played for the second time in Beijing and in front of a packed house. The Nerazzuri took the lead midway through the first half with a wonderful free kick from Wesley Sneijder, which went in off of the post. Rumors continue to swirl around the Dutch midfielder, as they have throughout the summer, as to where he will be playing his club football next season.

Nevertheless, Inter fans were very pleased to see him give their side the lead. Inter fans were displeased however, that Gennaro Gattuso was not sent off on the free kick that led to the goal. Gattuso had been booked right before that for a challenge on Alvarez and could easily have been sent off after taking down Obi on the edge of the area. The first half finished with the Coppa Italia winners with the advantage in what was an evenly played first half.

The second half would be a different story. Milan took the game to Inter and got their reward in the 60th minute. Robinho played a nice ball down the right side of the area to Seedorf, who got behind his defender. Julio Cesar came out of his net to cut down Seedorf’s angle, but he cleverly chipped the ball into the center to a waiting Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Ibrahimovic had the simple task of heading into the empty net to level the score.

Shortly after that, Milan brought on Pato, a move that would pay off for the Italian Champions. The Brazilian striker collected a long ball over the top and fired a shot that was tipped on to the post. Prince Boateng was on hand though to tap in the rebound and put Milan ahead. Inter pressed forward for an equalizer and thought they had done so in the 94th minute when Samuel Eto’o put the ball into the net, but the goal was correctly disallowed by the linesman for offsides.

Fortunately for the Nerazzuri, it is still three weeks until the start of the Serie A season. This gives them plenty of time to move on from this loss and to train as a squad. The focus of the Inter fans will now turn to which players will leave the club and which ones will stay during that time. The transfer rumors will continue to follow Eto’o and Sneijder in the next couple of weeks and we will have to wait and see if they pan out.