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Inter embarrasses Milan in derby

SERIE A champions Inter Milan humiliated 10-man AC Milan 4-0 to emphatically earn the derby spoils on Saturday.

Inter were short of ideas in last weekend's opening 1-1 draw with Bari but Jose Mourinho's side surged to victory thanks to some neat interplay and Gennaro Gattuso's bizarre sending off.

Thiago Motta coolly curled in the first goal on 29 minutes after quick passes from new signings Samuel Eto'o and Diego Milito.

Milito then doubled the lead from the penalty spot at a packed San Siro.

Gattuso had hauled down the runaway Eto'o to concede the penalty and the Inter bench, who were initially jumping for joy, reacted furiously when he was only given a yellow card.

The Italy midfielder then asked to come off with an injury but substitute Clarence Seedorf was not ready, meaning Gattuso stayed on the pitch long enough to hack down Wesley Sneijder and finally receive his marching orders.

Rookie Milan coach Leonardo's horror half was compounded by Inter right back Maicon finishing off another fine one-two move with Argentina's Milito, to make it 3-0 just before the break.

Inter coach Jose Mourinho rubbed salt into Milan's wounds, saying after the game that his team can play even better.

"It is hard to better the result but yes we can play better," Mourinho said.

"Today was fantastic at every level but I still have some question marks which is why we are a top team," he said.

In the second half Leonardo threw on Seedorf, new signing Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Massimo Ambrosini, who started on the bench despite being club captain following the retirement of the watching Paolo Maldini.

The trio stemmed the tide for a while until Dejan Stankovic blasted in from 25 meters midway through the second period to further embarrass Milan.


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