Mauro Icardi scores last-minute penalty to win Milan derby for Inter

Internazionale skipper Mauro Icardi scored a last-minute penalty to complete his hat-trick and snatch a dramatic 3-2 win over Milan, thus condemning Milan to a third successive league defeat.

Icardi brought his team ahead in the 28th minute when Antonio Candreva, who had already hit the crossbar, delivered an inviting low cross from the right and Icardi got between Milan’s two central defenders to steer the ball into the net.

Suso equalised for Milan in the 56th minute by curling a left-foot shot into the bottom corner from 20 metres, but the derby were level for only seven minutes until Icardi robbed Lucas Biglia of the ball in midfield and fed Ivan Perisic, who got to the byline and pulled it back to the middle where the Inter captain managed to guide it into the net.

Still, Milan was able to level again for the second time with nine minutes left, after Samir Handanovic parried Giacomo Bonaventura’s shot onto a post and the ball rebounded back onto the Slovenian goalkeeper and into the net.

As Milan looked just inches away from securing an hard-earned point in the midst of a slump, things took a sharp twist against their plan as their defender Ricardo Rodríguez hauled down Danilo D’Ambrosio at a corner and Icardi converted his ninth league goal of the season.

Inter’s win kept them second and unbeaten in Serie A with 22 points from eight games and just two behind the table leaders, Napoli, who have a 100% record following their 1-0 win at Roma on Saturday.

While Inter looks to usurp the position of Serie A leaders Napoli as they visit the Stadio San Paolo next Saturday, AC Milan have lost their past three league games to fall 12 points behind their city rivals.

It was a terrible turn of fortunes for the Rossoneri after they had embarked on an ambitious £200m spending spree in the summer.

With the £35.1m Leonardo Bonucci and £33.6m Andre Silva among the arrivals, the club were expected to be challenging near the top of the table but now it looks as if Vincenzo Montella would be the latest managerial casualty instead.

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