22.12.13 Inter v Milan
Rodrigo Palacio came up with a brilliant backheeled finish to hand Inter the three points in Erick Thohir’s first derby as president. The president watched on from the stands with vice president Moratti as Inter finally made the breakthrough after a string of second-half chances and being denied a clear penalty in the first period. Walter Mazzarri went with a back line of Campagnaro, Rolando and Juan Jesus in front of Handanovic and opted for muscle in the middle of the park, with Taider, Cambiasso and Zanetti flanked by Jonathan and Nagatomo. Guarin played in support of Palacio. The Nerazzurri shaded the opening exchanges but AC Milan came into it more as the half wore on. However, the key moment in the first period was the penalty Inter were denied in the 40th minute when Zapata took Palacio’s legs away from behind. The result was a still goalless encounter at the break. Inter came out strong again after the restart and tensions grew as the match progressed, chances coming and going at both ends. Mazzarri’s side stepped up a gear with a quarter of an hour left to play and proceeded to carve out a host of chances: Kuzmanovic, Nagatomo and Palacio were all thwarted by Abbiati before El Trenza seized the mantle in the 86th minute. Guarin fired a low cross into the box and Palacio was on hand to stroke the ball behind his standing foot and into the far post. Magical. Cue an explosion of joy for all Inter fans.