Lautaro Martinez’s second-half goal secured Inter Milan’s position in the Champions League final in the highly anticipated Derby della Madonnina. The 1-0 victory in the second leg semifinal against fierce city rival AC Milan handed Inter a 3-0 aggregate win and a chance to write their name in the club’s history.
Inter Milan’s 1-0 victory in the second leg guaranteed them a place in the Champions League final, which will be held on June 10. Lautaro Martinez’s deciding goal proved crucial in a tense encounter at San Siro, with Inter advancing with a 3-0 aggregate victory.
Inter has seen extraordinary European success throughout its history, most notably in the 1960s under Helenio Herrera and in 2010 with José Mourinho. Simone Inzaghi now has the chance to join the ranks of these legendary managers by leading Inter to their fourth Champions League title.
AC Milan determination wasn’t enough
AC Milan came into the second leg with determination, seeking to overturn the deficit. However, despite their energetic start, they struggled to break through Inter’s resolute defense. Fikayo Tomori, Rafael Leão, and Brahim Díaz had opportunities, but the Rossoneri failed to convert their chances.
Inter Milan captain Lautaro Martínez emerged as the night’s hero, hitting the game-winning goal in the 74th minute. Assisted by substitute Romelu Lukaku, Martínez struck a powerful shot past AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan, sparking joy among Inter’s passionate supporters.
The victory showcased Inter Milan’s unity and team spirit. ”The key was the group”, Martínez told Sky Italia. “I had a similar experience at the World Cup: if you are united, you get to play these very important matches in the best possible way”.
Inter’s focus now shifts to the Champions League final in Istanbul on June 10, where they will face the winner of the semifinal clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City. Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti expressed his preference to avoid Real Madrid due to their impressive history in the competition.
Tactical brilliance and frustration: How Inter overcame AC Milan
While Inter Milan may be considered underdogs in the final, their strength lies in their ability to frustrate opponents while also capitalising on their attacking skills.Inter provides a threat to any defence with a dynamic forward line that includes Martinez, Lukaku, and Deko, as well as talented playmakers like Calhonoglu and Mkhitaryan.
Inter’s confidence in the Champions League final is boosted by Simone Inzaghi’s remarkable record in cup finals, having won the last five with Inter and Lazio. Despite AC Milan’s admirable run in the competition, their loss against their arch-rivals highlighted the gap between the two teams and the challenges they face in regaining their former glory.