San Siro, Milan – September 17, 2023: In a stunning display of dominance, Inter Milan sent shockwaves through Serie A as they thrashed AC Milan 5-1 in the derby showdown on Saturday. This victory catapulted them to the top of the Serie A table with a perfect 12 points from four matches, leaving their rivals in awe.
The evening began with high expectations and a roaring San Siro crowd. Inter Milan wasted no time in making their mark, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan opening the scoring just five minutes into the match. Marcus Thuram continued his impressive start with Inter, contributing significantly to Mkhitaryan’s goal.
Inter Milan superiority was evident throughout the match, especially when Thuram unleashed a thunderous strike seven minutes before halftime, leaving AC Milan’s defense helpless. The hapless Malick Thiaw was unable to thwart Thuram’s onslaught as the ball crashed into the net.
Rafael Leao briefly rekindled Milan’s hopes with a goal in the 57th minute, but Mkhitaryan, not to be outdone, sealed his brace with a deflected shot in the pouring rain, silencing Milan’s spirited away support.
The icing on the cake for Inter came in the form of Hakan Calhanoglu’s 79th-minute penalty and Davide Frattesi’s stoppage-time finish. This resounding victory further solidified Inter’s claim as the early favorites to clinch their 20th Scudetto.
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Mkhitaryan, in the wake of the triumph, expressed the team’s determination, saying, “We’ve started the season brilliantly, and we want to keep going. We’re all here for the same goal, and I don’t care who plays… the coach will pick whoever gives their all for the second star (on the shirt for 20 titles).”
Simone Inzaghi’s Inter Milan showcased exactly why they reached last season’s Champions League final, leaving AC Milan and their coach Stefano Pioli with a mountain to climb.
Meanwhile, champions Napoli faced a tough challenge against promoted Genoa. Rudi Garcia’s team was two goals down, but they managed to salvage a point thanks to late strikes from Giacomo Raspadori and Matteo Politano. Napoli currently trails Inter by five points in the Serie A race.
The San Siro encounter and Napoli’s thrilling comeback painted a dramatic picture of Serie A football, leaving fans eager for more thrilling clashes in the upcoming matches.