Ultimately in some comfort, Inter progress to the Coppa Italia final by way of a crushing win in the Derby.
Milan fell victim to some clinical finishing by the reigning Italian champions as arch-rivals.
With more shots on goal and a more significant share of possession, the Rossoneri can feel hard done by to suffer such a heavy defeat.
And Bennacer’s ‘goal’ could quickly have stood were it not for a controversial VAR call – but they are left to concentrate solely on Serie A.
The Nerazzurri, meanwhile, can still dream of a domestic double and will await the winners of tomorrow’s clash between Juventus and Fiorentina in next month’s final.
INTER (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic;
Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni;
Matteo Darmian, Hakan Calhanoglu, Marcelo Brozovic, Nicolo Barella;
Joaquin Correa, Lautaro Martinez.
MILAN (4-2-3-1): Mike Maignan;
Davide Calabria, Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori, Theo Hernandez;
Sandro Tonali, Ismael Bennacer; Alexis Saelemaekers, Franck Kessie, Rafael Leao;
INTER LEAD! A fast start for the Nerazzurri! Receiving the ball from Barella on the right side of the box, Darmian flips in across the near post, where Martinez meets the ball with a powerful volley. It flies into the back of the net via a despairing fingertip touch from Maignan, and already it’s Inter 1-0 Milan.
LAUTARO AT THE DOUBLE! Martinez strikes twice, and Inzaghi’s gamble to pair the Argentinian striker with his compatriot Correa pays off. The latter finds his teammate with a cute reverse ball into the area. However, Lautaro does not hesitate before firing past Maignan and into the back of the net! 2-0 to Inter.
INTER FINISH IT! Making an immediate impact after emerging from the bench, Gosens slides in at the back post to beat Tomori to the ball and turn home a Brozovic cutback across the six-yard box. There’s no coming back from that – Inter goes 3-0 up and is heading for Rome.
So, what’s next?
Both teams take on capital city opposition in the league this weekend, as Inter aim to build momentum from this win when they face cup quarter-final victims Roma.
Meanwhile, A tricky trip to Lazio awaits Milan, who must pick themselves up quickly, given they have perhaps the toughest run-in of all the Scudetto contenders.
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