Player ratings as Nerrazzuri advance to Coppa Italia semi-finals
Inter beat rivals Milan city on Tuesday night, advancing to the Coppa Italia semi-finals with a late victory, where they await Atalanta or Lazio.
Despite a strong opening spell from Milan, it was the Nerrazzuri who dominated possession in the first half and seemed most likely to score first. Quickly building up the game and routing the ball to wide areas with Ivan Perisic causing problems, but it was never enough to find a way to get past a resolute defense from Milan.
And despite all their possession, Inter conceded the first. A quick blockade against the run of play allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to shoot at home just inside the box after 31 minutes. Tensions erupted between him and Romelu Lukaku at the end of half-time, as Inter led 1-0.
Inter dominated the proceedings again after the break. However, possession seemed lost for them again until Ibrahimovic was sent off after an hour, making things much more difficult for his team. Milan gave in and a penalty scored by Lukaku leveled things off after 70 minutes.
As the match prepared for an intriguing 20-minute final, all the energy was drained when referee Paolo Valeri stopped injured and had to be replaced by the fourth official, resulting in ten minutes of time. additional. The game seemed destined for extra time, until Christian Eriksen’s sublime free-kick stole the win from a dominant Inter.
In a Milan derby that literally has a bit of everything, here are your San Siro player ratings.
Samir Handanovic (GK) – 5/10 – Couldn’t do anything to stop Ibrahimovic’s strike and barely saw the ball otherwise.
Milan Skriniar (CB) – 5/10 – Skriniar was not at his best as Milan ventured forward throughout the first half and didn’t quite add enough to contribute going forward.
Stefan de Vrij (CB) – 6/10 – De Vrij was Inter’s best defender and the calmest presence. Comfortable in possession and clean with tackles.
Aleksandar Kolarov (CB) – 5/10 – Little to do throughout the first half, but off on call, which allowed Ibrahimovic to score against the run of the game. He picked up a bit in the second and came close with a shot frank after 49 minutes.
Matteo Darmian (RWB) – 4/10 – Darmian was fine defensively, but as usual struggled to stay on offense and slowed Inter down considerably. Hooked at halftime accordingly.
Nicolo Barella (CM) – 6/10 – Took good positions between the lines and made good passes on a wide range throughout the first half. Barella was also fouled frequently, which prevented him from having the impact he could have had.
Marcelo Brozovic (CM) – 7/10 – Ran the show to midfield in the first half and came very close with a well-hitting half volley on the stroke of half time.
Arturo Vidal (CM) – 5/10 – Vidal was the weak link in midfield. Aggression and nothing more, Inter might have benefited from a more creative presence.
Ivan Perisic (LWB) – 6/10 – Perisic steadily took over Diogo Dalot in large areas and performed dangerous crosses, but to no avail. Could have and perhaps should have scored with a header that went just over the bar before being substituted. Frustrating evening.
Romelu Lukaku (ST) – 6/10 – Too bad not to score with a solid and oriented effort in the first half, but also had the chance to stay on the pitch after his fight with Ibrahimovic. The experienced Swede won the mental battle; he must be careful.
Alexis Sanchez (ST) – 6/10 – Got into the game and used his body well to pull defenders out of position and draw a handful of fouls. Didn’t run enough towards the goal, however.
Achraf Hakimi – 7/10 – Provided infinitely more attacking stings than Darmian after his introduction and gave Inter more quality from the right wing.
Lautaro Martinez – 6/10 – Had a solid chance in the 88th minute but couldn’t escape Romagnoli to face the keeper.
Christian Eriksen – 8/10 – The most unlikely of heroes, Eriksen managed a perfect free kick in added time to catch the extra man and send his team to the semi-finals.
Ashley Young – N / A
Ciprian Tatarusanu (GK) – 7/10 – Experienced display from the 34-year-old who has kept his side in the tie with a catalog of smart, vital and never-once-extinguished saves. I had no chance to stop Lukaku’s equalizer or Eriksen’s free kick.
Diogo Dalot (RB) – 5/10 – Fought against Ivan Perisic, but was not helped by Alexis Saelemaekers who failed to recover from loss of possession.
Simon Kjaer (CB) – 4/10 – Kjaer made a reckless challenge over Alexis Sanchez after 16 minutes and was booked accordingly, but also got injured in the process and had to be substituted.
Alessio Romagnoli (CB) – 7/10 – Authoritative and focused performance by Romagnoli who had to be at his best to appease the nerves of Tomori who was cast into the depths.
Théo Hernandez (LB) – 5/10 – Not his usual progressive self with the ball on the flank, but held his defensively.
Soualiho Meite (DM) – 4/10 – Meite was caught in position several times as Inter pressured several times. He’s still young, however, and is clearly adjusting to rising levels following a move from Turin, but he has a lot to learn.
Franck Kessie (DM) – 6/10 – The Ivorian has continued his stellar season so far with tireless recoveries and clever heist play. Meite can learn a lot just by playing alongside Kessie.
Alexis Saelemaekers (RM) – 4/10 – The Saelemaekers disappeared with Milan sitting back and absorbing the pressure and didn’t do much to get involved. Did not ease the pressure on Dalot and was not involved in his team’s best attacks.
Brahim Diaz (AM) – 6/10 – Diaz looked menacing in the previews, but couldn’t quite enjoy free play to use possession and was sacrificed for Ante Rebic following Ibrahimovic’s red card.
Rafael Leao (LM) – 5/10 – Leao’s impressive performance in possession; caused a problem with every contact of the ball forward, but a lazy and unnecessary challenge in his box resulted in a penalty from Inter. Naive.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (ST) – 4/10 – Ibrahimovic has put in an Ibrahimovic performance manual. Scored a fine first game for his team against the run of the game, secured a reservation for a fight with Romelu Lukaku and was sent off after an hour for a rather unnecessary second offense. Lost his side in the match.
Fikayo Tomori – 7/10 – Thrown in the deep end as an early sub for his Rossoneri debut, but played like a veteran. Tomori read the game really well and pulled off some nice clean tackles in his box. A truly impressive start.
Ante Rebic – 5/10 – Rebic chased the game from the minute he was introduced and didn’t have a chance to cause Inter a problem at the back.
Rade Krunic – N / A
Samuel Castillejo – N / A