MILAN- Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 9:00 p.m. CET. It’s our long-awaited date for the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg Frecciarossa, which will face the two titans of the city of Milan: AC Milan v Inter
Our Nerazzurri reached the semi-finals thanks to their victories against Empoli and Roma in the round of 16 and quarter-finals (respectively). As for Stefano Pioli’s side, they were also victorious in their matches against Genoa and Lazio.
It should be noted that this is the 26th game between the two teams in the cup competition, although the two local rivals have already met 231 times in all competitions. In terms of results, Inter enjoy a position of advantage over their rival, as they have accumulated a total of 84 wins against 78 for AC Milan, with 68 draws. As for the Coppa Italia, the Rossoneri have a positive record of 10 wins against 8 for Inter, with a total of 7 draws.
The last Coppa Italia game between the two clubs was in the 2020/21 season. Inter prevailed over their rivals thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and a superb strike from a set piece by Christian Erisksen, which took them directly to the semi-finals of the competition.
However, the last time the two teams had to meet in the semi-finals was in the 1984/85 edition, with a result in favor of Milan. Thus, the Rossoneri qualified for the final thanks to their 2-1 victory against Inter (Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was the Nerazzurri scorer) and the 1-1 draw against their Milan rivals in the second leg.
But it’s not all bad news. In the last 8 games Inter have played in the Coppa Italia, they have emerged victorious on 5 occasions. Moreover, the team have also found the net in their last nine meetings in all competitions, and have been victorious in 6 of them.
PREVIOUS MATCHES IN MILAN
Milan will play the first leg of the Coppa Italia at home. As for Inter, it should be noted that in the last 5 derbies they have played as visitors, they have not tasted defeat. Last November, the Madonnina derby ended in a draw (1-1), and this is the first time such a result has been recorded since the 1992/93 season.
After beating Empoli in the round of 16 and Roma in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia, and with the game against Milan, Inter managed to win in 3 consecutive games in the Coppa Italia for the first time since the 12 January 2021, a streak in which they have recorded 7 wins in a row.
Beyond the wins and losses, it’s time to talk about goals, as many players are responsible for the last 8 goals scored by the Nerazzurri in this competition. The only player to score more than one Coppa goal is our Chilean, Alexis Sánchez, who has found the net on two crucial occasions this season.
As for the defeats Milan have suffered in the Coppa Italia, the only recent one came last season against Inter, with a 2-1 defeat. However, in total, they have won 4 derbies out of the last 7 and drawn 3 of them.
Alexis Sánchez is the only Serie A player to have scored in 4 different competitions this season. Moreover, the Chilean has found a goal in his last two Coppa Italia games. In the past 8 seasons, no Inter player has scored in 3 consecutive games in the competition.
Ivan Perisic was also involved in 7 goals against AC Milan during his time at Inter (two goals, 5 assists), which is the most he has registered against an individual team (seven against Chievo and Fiorentina as well).
As for Lautaro, the Argentinian scored 3 times against AC Milan in all competitions, and curiously, in the games played in Serie A, the Rossoneri suffered the Argentinian’s goals while playing as a visitor (as this was the case for the double in February 2021).
As for Edin Dzeko, the player has scored 5 times since his arrival in Italy against Milan (but of course all in Roma colours) and 4 of them have come to Meazza.
Stefan de Vrij also scored against the Rossoneri, and that’s two goals: it’s the best record he’s achieved against an opponent and in an Inter shirt (although he also equals that number against Torino).
Finally, we have Milan Skriniar, the winger who has played the most minutes this season (2910!). The Slovak’s next match will be his 200th in a Nerazzurri jersey.
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