Inter cruise to Milan derby win at San Siro
A solitary goal from Lautaro Martinez was enough for Inter in a Milan derby they thoroughly dominated on Sunday evening.
I Nerazzurri were the much, much better side on the night, comfortably controlling the tempo of the game throughout.
Inter dominated the opening exchanges and were denied the opening goal by a stunning save from Ciprian Tatarusanu. The veteran goalkeeper reacted brilliantly to tip a venomous strike from Lautaro Martinez over the bar to keep Inter at bay.
Nicolo Barella would come close a few minutes later, with the dynamic midfielder just heading wide of the near post after connecting with Milan Skriniar’s cross into the penalty area.
I Nerazzurri would finally, deservedly, take the lead in the 33rd minute through Lautaro. The captain for the night peeled off at the near post at a corner kick to flick a head into the top corner of the net and make it 1-0.
The token home team for the evening continued their dominance at the start of the second half as Lautaro forced Tatarusanu into another instinctive save, this time at his near post from a strike from the right of the box.
AC Milan did give it a bit more of a go after that, but simply didn’t have the quality to get anywhere near Inter’s defensive third. To put it bluntly: they looked bloody awful in the final third, devoid of ideas.
In the dying embers of the game, Latuaro through he’d made it 2-0 after latching onto a loose ball in the box and slipping the ball under the onrushing Tatarusanu. Following a lengthy VAR check however, the goal was ruled out for offside.
The win sees Inter stay in second place in the Serie A table, while Milan drop down to sixth following a horrid run of form at the start of 2023.
England will be considered failures if we don’t win Euro 2024
England defender Harry Maguire has revealed he will head to Euro 2024 with the mindset that anything less than winning the competition will be a failure.
The Three Lions have cemented their status as a strong tournament team over the last half-decade under the guidance of Gareth Southgate.
After reaching the FIFA World Cup semi-finals in 2018, England were only denied victory at Euro 2020 on penalties against Italy in the final.
There were high hopes that they could go all the way at the 2022 World Cup over the winter, but were narrowly beaten by reigning champions France in a hard-fought quarter-final.
England kicked off their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 win at Italy, and speaking to the press post-match, Maguire revealed his ambitions for glory in Germany next summer.
“I think for me, at my age as well, 30 years old now, I’m with a mindset of, ‘If we don’t win the tournament, it’s been a failure’,” he said.
“We’ve got to qualify first – I mean it’s a tough group, [but] we’ve come here and got an amazing result.
“But that’s my mindset. I’ve been at three major tournaments now and I’ve come so close. I believe we have the players to win it. We went into Qatar wanting to win the tournament. So ultimately, when we get knocked out, as a squad we’re disappointed. The performances were good, we kept the most clean sheets at the tournament, we were one of the top goalscorers despite going out in the quarter-final.
“I’m speaking on behalf of myself but I know from speaking to the other lads as well, they were really pleased that Gareth stayed [on as manager]. We’ve built something as a group and he’s been the leader of it. He’s been the one who’s given us hope and given us belief as a country to be successful in these major tournaments and, for sure, it benefits us for us for him to be in charge.
“These big tournaments are decided on the finest margins. We played really well in the World Cup and ultimately, we got knocked out by a good French team. A French team that we believe we can take on and if we play them ten times, we would give them a good game ten times and probably win more than we lose.
“However, they’ve proven over the years that they manage to get the job done better than England do. So it’s something that we’re working on. We have so much talent and so many young players coming through.”
Maguire recognised that England were simply beaten at the 2022 World Cup by a more experienced and successful international side in France.
Despite reservations over Didier Deschamps, the 54-year-old has an incredible tournament record – to have won one final and lost two others is a far better record than most other coaches in the history of football.
England hope to be on a similar path with Southgate, but as Maguire insisted, they need to win a tournament if they’re to be remembered fondly and without tinges of regret.
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