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“One of the decade’s most underrated footballers” – Player ratings as Milan come from behind to beat Inter in Serie A

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 19:29, 5 February 2022

In a topsy turvy night of football, Milan came from behind to beat Inter in the Derby Della Madonnina.

The win moved Milan to within one point of Inter atop the table.

Here’s how the players rated at San Siro:

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Inter Milan

Samir Handanovic – 5 – Didn’t have much to do during the game. Distinguished himself with a great save from Sandro Tonali in the first-half but undid all that hard work with a slow reacton for Giroud’s winner.

Milan Skriniar – 5 – Seemed to be in cruise control but was nowhere to be found as Milan scammed an equaliser with three strikers standing where Skriniar ought to have been. Lost his head a few times after that.

Stefan de Vrij – 5 – Spun like a top for Giroud’s game-winner. Baffling how he didn’t predict Giroud turning back onto his left.

Alessandro Bastoni – 7 – The best of the Inter back-line and the only one to not embarrass himself on the Milan goals.

Denzel Dumfries – 7 – Superb outlet down the right. Forced great saves out of Maignan and even scored a diabolically good header that was ruled out for an offside earlier in the move.

Nico Barella – 6 – Seemed to have Milan in a chokehold, only to let go when Arturo Vidal came on.

Marcelo Brozovic – 7 – Ever the metronome, he had the most touches and passes, misplacing just two of his 45 attempted!

Ivan Perisic – 7 – Opened the scoring with a deliciously deft volley and perhaps even more impressively whipped in a peach of a ball to the back-post for Dumfries’ Pelé-esque header. The latter was ruled out for offside, but was a great marker of his enduring quality. Defended superbly too with a team-high 3 interceptions.

Hakan Calhanoglu – 8 – Impeccable display from the ex-Milan man. Completely in control, with a team high 3 chances created and 3 tackles made. While he was on the field Inter looked like they were cruising to victory.

Lautaro Martinez – 5 – Kept relatively quiet despite Inter’s dominance.

Edin Dzeko – 5 – An impressive overall display but couldn’t find a way past Maignan.

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Inter Milan Substitutes:

Federico Dimarco (for Perisic 70′) – 5 – Added nothing.

Alexis Sanchez (for Lautaro 70′) – 6 – Worked hard and tried to make things happen but couldn’t impact the game.

Arturo Vidal (for Calhanoglu 72′) – 4 – The harbinger of chaos. His introduction completely disrupted Inter’s control of the game and precipitated their downfall.

Matias Vecino (for Brozovic 82′) – n/a – Came on late.

Matteo Darmian (for Bastoni 82′) – n/a – Came on late.

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AC Milan

Mike Maignan – 9 – A magnificent display from the Frenchman. For the first hour of the game it was essentially Inter vs Maignan, with the Frenchman even having to make a tackle outside his own box. That he conceded just once is absurd given the pressure he was under. His reaction save from Brozovic’s deflected shot was particularly incredible.

Davide Calabria – 7 – Solid assist for the game-winner.

Pierre Kalulu – 7 – An impressive display at the heart of the Milan defence. blocked a Dzeko shot with his face!

Alessio Romagnoli – 7 – Worked hard and didn’t give much away.

Theo Hernandez – 4 – As usual with Theo, he was a combination of the sublime and the ridiculous. Some of his defensive interventions and dribbles up the field were great. But then he got sent off late for a shocking tackle on Dumfries.

Ismael Bennacer – 7 – Kept the ball well, completing 44/48 passes, but didn’t push the tempo.

Sandro Tonali – 7 – A battling performance from the Milan man, winning 3/3 tackles and pulling a great save out of Handanovic.

Alexis Saelemaekers – 5 – No impact in the game.

Franck Kessie – 6 – Still getting used to his more advanced position. Elusive without being dangerous.

Rafael Leao – 6 – A bright display without ever really threatening Inter.

Olivier Giroud – 9 – The game-winner. Kept isolated for most of the game but never stopped foraging forward and when he had his chances, he took them with typically stunning panache. First goal was a classic back-stick Giroud finish, the second was a delicious spin and shot that left Inter’s defence looking awful. 10 years on from his incredible and improbably Ligue 1 title with Montpellier, Olivier Giroud is still winning games at the very highest level. One of the decade’s most underrated footballers.


Junior Messias (for Saelemaekers 46′) – 6 – Had more of an impact, pushing Inter back.

Brahim Diaz (for Kessie 58′) – 7 – Changed the game. Showed much more comfort as a no. 10 than Kessie and it was his dribbling and cross that led to Milan’s opening goal and turned the game on a dime.

Rade Krunic (for Bennacer 80′) – n/a – Came on late.