Lautaro Too Hot To Handle –

After a goalless first-leg draw, Inter and Milan were all up in the Coppa Italia semi-finals second leg. However, Simone Inzaghi’s men were in full swing at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, scoring a memorable 3-0 win to see their arch-rivals out of contention.

Stefano Pioli’s men fell behind from the start and never recovered. Inter ended a H2H streak of three H2H winless games in all competitions in an emphatic triumph if we look at player ratings.

Milan (4-2-3-1)

Mike Maignan – 5.5

Gianluigi Donnarumma’s replacement kept his end of the bargain but weak defense let him down too often tonight. There is absolutely nothing he could have done to prevent one of his three goals conceded.

Davide Calabria – 5th

Virtually invisible in attack and often ruthless in possession, he still managed to pull off some decent defensive tackles. However, Ivan Perisic has given him a tough ride and the Milan captain needs to improve if that’s the case Rossoneri remain competitive in the Serie A title race.

Fikayo Tomori – 5.5

An uneventful performance from the France defender, despite letting Lautaro Martinez put his stamp on the opening goal and having some poor expectations for what is arguably his weakest performance of 2022.

Pierre Kalulu – 5th

That Rossoneri The rising star pushed Alessio Romagnoli to the fringes of Pioli’s squad but Tuesday’s performance was one to forget. He was caught off guard on more than one occasion and did well to bounce back from failed tackles on several occasions.

Theo Hernandez – 6

Another electrifying performance from the flying Frenchman, but he ended up empty-handed. Theo produced a couple of deadly crosses from the flank, while his well-executed set pieces were Milan’s best scoring chances.

Ismael Bennacer – 5.5

Not as crucial as he used to be in some recent games as he often struggled to get his side on the front foot and orchestrate the game as expected. Taken off the ball more times than it should have been.

Sandro Tonali – 5

Absolutely rock solid in defense to further protect Milan’s sloppy defense. However, he failed to create anything meaningful from deep midfield.

Rafael Leao – 6.5

Once again, Milan’s most dangerous player on the pitch. The Portuguese winger was too hot to finish for Inter’s defensive line-up but the lack of the final product cast doubt on another high-profile performance.

Frank Kessie – 5.5

Not one of the brightest displays on the outside Rossoneri Star as he struggles again in role #10. A lack of creativity and killer passes, coupled with imperfect decision making, were plain to see.

Alexis Sälemäkers – 4.5

Another night to forget for the Belgium winger, who gave little to Alessandro Bastoni unease in defence. Pioli was right to withdraw him at half-time.

Olivier Giroud – 6th

Full of energy and desire, the experienced striker lacked the right balls in the penalty area to show his deadly scoring instincts. The ex-Chelsea man won countless aerial duels with his markers but to no avail.

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Brahim Diaz – 6

A breath of fresh air in the second half, the little Spaniard carried his team forward through thick and thin, but he should have ended some actions more purposefully and decisively.

Junior Messiah – 5.5

Significantly more involved in the game than Saelemaekers, but none of his balls found their target in the penalty area.

Rade Krunic N/A

Matteo Gabbia N/A

Marko Lazetic N/A

International (3-5-2)

Samir Handanovic – 6.5

That Nerazzurri The captain hardly made a mistake all night and made numerous important saves to keep Milan at bay.

Alessandro Bastoni – 6.5

Not many young centre-backs can outperform Bastoni and today’s game showed why Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keen to add him to his top-flight defensive line-up.

Stefan de Vrij – 6.5

Although the veteran Dutchman has featured frequently in Inzaghi’s starting XI of late, he proved his worth with another impressive display, forming a formidable trio with Bastoni and Milan Skriniar in defence.

Milan Skriniar – 6.5

Like the aforementioned duo, the Slovakian was a threat to Milan’s forward tonight. Excelling with the ball at his feet and in the air Skriniar was impenetrable that night.

Ivan Perisic – 7th

When Inter had doubts about whether or not to extend his contract, the Croatia international assured everyone of his qualities with another superb performance. He’s still one of the best in the business.

Hakan Calhanoglu – 6th

The game against the former team inspired the Turk to one of his best performances of 2022, despite not scoring or assisting. He kept Inter’s midfield going through turbulent periods of the game.

Marcelo Brozovic – 7

Tonight’s game shows why the Croatian was essential in Antonio Conte’s Scudetto-winning team last season. Aside from assisting Robin Gosens for Inter’s third goal, the 29-year-old played almost perfectly in the heart of midfield.

Nicolo Barella – 6.5

Barella’s tireless runs at both ends of the field often made the difference. The Italy midfielder put in another energetic performance to help Inter keep up with Milan’s efforts to overtake them in the second half. Absolutely critical in the engine room.

Matteo Darmian – 6

His inviting ball resulted in a spectacular deadlock breaker from Martinez, but aside from the assist, he struggled to engage in the attacking aspect. In the back, however, he was nothing short of impressive.

Joaquin Correa – 6

The Argentine striker may have set Martinez up for the second but he made some awkward decisions that could have resulted in more goals for the counter-attacking Inter.

Lautaro Martinez – 8

A game-winning performance from the superstar forward as he took the spotlight as Man of the Match tonight. The sought-after striker gave Inzaghi a masterly performance as to why he deserves a place in the starting XI.

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Edin Dzeko N/A

Alexis Sanchez N/A

Arturo Vidal N/A

Danilo D’Ambrosio N/A

Robin Gosens – 7th

It took the German just three minutes in his second Derby della Madonnina appearance to get into the top scorers list by bringing home an inch-precise flat cross from Brozovic.

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