Dzeko inspires Inter’s convincing Super Cup triumph over Milan
Inter Milan retained the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday after Edin Dzeko inspired his side to a 3-0 win over local rivals AC Milan.
The damage was done in the first 21 minutes at Riyadh thanks to Dzeko, who played a defensive pass for Federico Dimarco’s opener in the 10th minute and doubled Inter’s lead 11 minutes later. Lautaro Martinez then added a brilliantly taken third in the 77th minute to underline Inter’s superiority on a night when Milan simply failed to show up. Inter won the first trophy of the Italian season like last year by beating Juventus.
“We put in a great performance, the boys were brilliant from the first minute until the final whistle,” Dzeko told Mediaset. “We won the Super Cup last season, so we knew how great it was to win it… I’m really happy that we’re bringing home another trophy, and I hope there’s more. there will be others in the future.” Without the raucous soundtrack of a crowded San Siro, Wednesday’s match in Saudi Arabia was an unusual Milan derby, but that won’t stop Inter fans from claiming bragging rights and the Super Cup. for the seventh time.
Both teams are far behind Napoli in what is starting to look like a one-team title charge, but Inter appeared a class above the uninspired Italian champions who barely put down a glove alongside Simone Inzaghi . Milan continued their slow start to the new year and Dzeko punished them by helping Inter to a two-goal half-time lead which was more than deserved. The 36-year-old sent Nicolo Barella beautifully past the Milan defence, allowing the Italian midfielder to launch a low pass which his compatriot Dimarco had no problem evading.
Dzeko then punished Milan’s sloppy defense with a free kick by charging in on Alessandro Bastoni’s broken pass, cutting inside Sandro Tonali and sending home a fine shot from a tight angle. Milan huffed and puffed in the second half, but the closest they came to returning to the game was the disappointing Rafael Leao who smashed the bar three minutes after the break.
And Martinez ensured Inzaghi won his fourth Super Cup as a manager when the Argentine striker stepped over a bamboozled Fikayo Tomori and controlled Milan Skriniar’s long pass before heading home a fine finish with the outside of his right foot.
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