Inter Milan took a big step towards the Champions League final with a 2-0 victory over AC Milan in the highly anticipated derby on Wednesday.
The win puts Inter in a strong position ahead of the second leg on Tuesday.
Edin Dzeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored within the first 11 minutes of the game, giving Inter an early advantage.
Although Inter could have scored more, hitting the post and missing chances in the second half, they are still the favorites to reach the final for the first time in 13 years.
Dzeko, who scored his third goal since January, emphasized the importance of working for the team in such a big match.
If Inter wins the tie, they will face either Real Madrid or Manchester City in the final on June 10 in Istanbul.
Milan, who hit the woodwork through Sandro Tonali, will need to make a comeback in the second leg if they want to win their eighth European championship.
The absence of Rafael Leao, Milan’s star player, allowed Inter to play more aggressively.
Despite the lively atmosphere at San Siro, Inter dominated the game and looked more dynamic than Milan.
Dzeko’s stunning volley and Mkhitaryan’s fifth goal of the season secured the win for Inter.
Milan had a chance to score, but Calhanoglu’s long-range drive hit the post.
Inter held off Milan’s attacks in the second half and secured a well-deserved victory.
This article was updated 1 month ago