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Inter dominate Milan derby 4-0

INTER Milan had AC Milan beaten by halftime in a 4-0 thrashing in the Serie A on yesterday, securing bragging rights in Italy's second city.

Inter went into the break 3-0 ahead and playing against 10 men after Milan's Gennaro Gattuso was sent off.

Earlier, Serie A newcomer Bari drew 0-0 at home with Bologna.

Thiago Motta opened the derby scoring in the 29th, Diego Milito converted a penalty in the 36th, and Maicon scored in first-half injury time. Dejan Stankovic's first goal of the season capped the rout.

Inter's new Dutch signing Wesley Sneijder started after receiving last-minute international clearance. He impressed behind strikers Milito and Samuel Eto'o, and received rapturous applause when he was substituted with 17 minutes remaining.

Coach Jose Mourinho was pleased with the way his team responded to a poor draw with Bari in the opening weekend, while AC coach Leonardo will wonder about the porous nature of his side's defense and lack of imagination in attack, other than relying on Alexandre Pato's pace.

Sneijder nearly scored within 10 minutes, when he forced Storari into pushing away his long-range shot after six minutes.

Milan then had two excellent opportunities. First, Mathieu Flamini raced past Maicon on the left, but crossed weakly straight to Julio Cesar. Then in the 13th, Pato escaped Lucio and raced into the penalty area, but Ronaldinho shot over the bar.

Motta broke the deadlock after good interplay between Milito and Eto'o. Milito flicked the ball on to the Brazilian and he shot powerfully past Storari.

Eto'o was involved in Inter's second. Maicon hit a long ball up the right touchline for Eto'o, who ran into the penalty area only to be hauled down by Gattuso for a penalty. Gattuso was lucky to receive only a yellow card and Milito made no mistake with the spot kick.

Two minutes later Gattuso was sent off for a second yellow card. The Italy midfielder lunged at Sneijder near halfway and referee Nicola Rizzoli had no hesitation in producing the red card.

Just before halftime, Maicon raced down the right, played a quick wall pass with Milito and effectively sealed the result by shooting low past Storari.

In the second half, with Milan short-handed, Sneijder found more room to operate and he went close with two long-range efforts, while Eto'o had a header ruled out for offside.

In the 67th. Stankovic collected the ball outside the area and he had time and space to fire a shot past the hapless Storari.

A link between Pato and Milan debutant Klaas Jan Huntelaar brought a save from Cesar, but that was the best Milan had to show in the second half.


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