10 February 2020 10:48

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Inter top Serie A following stunning comeback win over AC Milan

To many Milan fans were surprised Milan dominated much of the first half. They came out strong and led to chances early, finally Milan fans had hope. Milan moved the ball crisply and to be honest they looked like a changed team. Milan Twitter was going crazy as the team continued to press on and actually make plays. In the 40th minute Milan broke through with a goal from Ante Rebic giving Milan the 1-0 lead.

Just 5 minutes later in the dying seconds of the half, Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Milan a 2 goal lead going into the break. The second half was a complete disaster for Milan and it left many Milan fans depressed. In the second half Milan were nowhere near as aggressive and this hurt them in a big way. Just 5 minutes into the second half Inter Milan scored to bring it within 1 goal. After this goal, they were like a turtle crawling back into their shell and with that Inter scored again to tie it at 2.

Milan had their chances but it just felt like Inter were going to end up on top. To nobody's surprise Inter capitalized on Milan's mistakes scoring 2 more goals to put the game away. If there was a bright side of this match it showed that Milan can compete with the top teams in Italy. Milan are still a very young team and clearly lack mental strength, but how low should Milan fans be waiting for success? Conti was the one who played Alexis Sanchez on side for Inter's second goal and this hasn't been this first time he's done that.

Inter's third goal was nice but it could have been stopped if there was a little bit better marking by Romagnoli. Hakan Calhanoglu: In the first half we saw an inspired Hakan as he was finally unleashed to play behind the striker. In the second half Hakan was atrocious defensively, if the team plays defensive then all 11 players on the pitch should have the same mindset. Like the rest of the Milan team the second half saw Rebic go silent. He played a massive part in both of the goals scored by Milan.

Inter Milan's stunning comeback victory over AC Milan propelled Antonio Conte's men to the Serie A summit. Veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic teed up Ante Rebic to open the scoring and then headed home himself to put Milan in control at the interval, only for Inter to storm back in an unforgettable second half. Captain Marcelo Brozovic's stunner shortly after the break had Conte's side dreaming of a comeback that Matias Vecino, Stefan De Vrij and Romelu Lukaku wrapped up in style. Inter finished the weekend ahead of Juventus on goal difference, with Lazio a point behind after a record-breaking result at Parma. Felipe Caicedo's first-half effort secured a 1-0 win in Emilia-Romagna as Simone Inzaghi's players set a new club record of 18 successive unbeaten league matches.

Elsewhere in Serie A, Jeremie Boga's last-gasp effort secured Sassuolo a 2-1 comeback win at rock-bottom Spal, while an even later Rodrigo De Paul goal saw Udinese snatch a 1-1 draw at Brescia. In Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona both secured away victories as the LaLiga title race continued to heat up. Zinedine Zidane's men were sweating when Unai Garcia headed Osasuna ahead on Sunday afternoon, only for goals from Isco, Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic to wrap up a 4-1 win that heaped the pressure on Barca. Quique Setien endured a tough time against former club Real Betis but emerged victorious at the end of a thrilling encounter. Embattled Espanyol secured their first home victory of the season as Raul De Tomas' goal saw off Mallorca 1-0 and Alexander Isak's fine week continued as he wrapped up a 2-1 win for Real Sociedad against 10-man Athletic Bilbao. Celta Vigo won by the same scoreline at home to Sevilla as Pione Sisto completed a late comeback triumph at Balaidos. Hansi Flick's men were unfortunate not to go into half-time in front at the Allianz Arena, but Die Roten Bullen returned from the break strongly and gained their first ever point at the Munich giants. Goals from Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe were added to by Marcal's own goal early in the second half. Inter Milan launched a superb second-half comeback from 2-0 down to stun rivals AC Milan and go top of Serie A. Inter started in third but leapfrogged Lazio and head the table on goal difference from champions Juventus. Ante Rebic tapped home from Zlatan Ibrahimovic's knockdown and the Swede headed in the second before the break. But Marcelo Brozovic volleyed in and Matias Vecino stroked home Alexis Sanchez's cutback before Stefan de Vrij and Romelu Lukaku both scored headers. Antonio Conte's side looked beaten at half-time after a lethargic opening 45 minutes, but responded in sensational fashion in the second period with four unanswered goals. Both sides hit the woodwork in a thrilling derby, Hakan Calhanoglu smashing the post with a low drive and Ibrahimovic heading against the post late on, while Inter's January signing Christian Eriksen rattled the crossbar with a long-range free-kick. Milan had been in good form under coach Stefano Pioli, losing just one of their previous 11 league games under the former Inter boss, but their second-half capitulation keeps them in 10th place. Inter are now unbeaten in 16 league games and host Napoli on Wednesday, before a crucial clash against fellow title challengers Lazio next Sunday. Earlier on Sunday, Simone Inzaghi's Lazio side showed their credentials by extending their unbeaten run to 18 games with a narrow 1-0 win at Parma - former Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo scoring the winner. Ibrahimovic scored his third goal in six games since returning to AC Milan in December MARCO BERTORELLO/Getty Images Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte "becomes a devil" if his side loses a match, but he can make players "play better than you think you can," according to Andrea Pirlo. Conte took over as Inter manager in the summer and has masterminded their first genuine Serie A title challenge in almost a decade in 2019-20. If they beat AC Milan on Sunday, they will go back to the top of the table with 15 games of the season remaining. Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images Pirlo, who played under Conte at Juve between 2011 and 2014, said he is not surprised by the impact Conte has had at the San Siro, per Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Sam France of Goal): I knew Inter would be at this level, fighting for the league title until the end. Inter last won the Scudetto in 2009-10 at the end of a run of five consecutive titles. Juve are on an eight-season winning run at the moment, but they have both Inter and Lazio challenging them this season. Next up for Juve in the league is a home clash with relegation-battling Brescia, which is likely to return them three points. Inter, meanwhile, visit Lazio next in the league. The Rome club last lost a Serie A game when they visited Inter on September 25, a run of 18 games unbeaten that has propelled them into title contention. Inter Milan went top of Serie A on Sunday after completing a remarkable second half comeback to overturn a two-goal deficit and beat AC Milan 4-2. REUTERS: Inter Milan went top of Serie A on Sunday after completing a remarkable second half comeback to overturn a two-goal deficit and beat AC Milan 4-2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic set up Ante Rebic's opener before scoring with a header, as Milan held a deserved 2-0 lead at the break. But a Marcelo Brozovic volley and Matias Vecino strike in the space of two minutes saw Inter draw level at the start of the second half, before Stefan De Vrij's header put them in front in the 70th minute. Ibrahimovic hit the post with a late header as Milan pressed for an equaliser, but Antonio Conte's side sealed the win in stoppage time through a Romelu Lukaku header. Inter move into first place on goal difference, after catching Juventus on 54 points following their 2-1 defeat by Hellas Verona on Saturday, while Milan are 10th with 32 points. Milan started strongly, coming close when Hakan Calhanoglu smashed a low shot off the post from outside the box. They took a deserved lead five minutes before the break when Ibrahimovic headed a lofted pass into the path of Rebic for a tap-in. Ibrahimovic then got a goal of his own in first half stoppage time, heading in at the back post after Franck Kessie directed a corner into his path, making the Swede the oldest player to score in the famous fixture at the age of 38 years and 129 days. However, Inter completed a stunning comeback in the space of just two minutes at the start of the second half. Conte's side completed the turnaround when De Vrij stooped to guide home a header from a corner, and substitute Christian Eriksen was inches away from scoring his first goal for the club when his long-range freekick came back off the crossbar. Ibrahimovic powered a header off the post from point-blank range in the final minute of regulation time, before Lukaku made sure of the three points by heading in his 17th league goal of the season in stoppage time. Inter have now won four consecutive Milan derbies in Serie A for the first time since 1983.

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