AC Milan vs Inter: Five historic Derby della Madonnina fixtures

The derby between AC Milan and Inter has always provided fascinating encounters, but what are some of the best matches between the Milanese duo?


The Derby della Madonnina between AC Milan and Inter has seen some of the biggest names in Serie A face off at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza over the years, but has also hosted fixtures that live long in the memory of fans of Italian football.

Whether deciding the destination of the Scudetto, European progression or just which set of supporters get to walk the Milanese streets with heads held high or hide away from their crosstown rivals until the next encounter brings the chance of revenge, the fixture rarely disappoints.

What have been the five best Milan derby fixtures over the years?

Inter’s Romelu Lukaku holds off AC Milan midfiedlers. [@Inter_en]

Inter 5-2 AC Milan – Serie A – March 28, 1965

The 1964/65 campaign was one of the most historic in Inter’s history, despite losing the Coppa Italia final to Juventus and missing out on a quadruple. The Nerazzurri won the Intercontinental Club Cup at the beginning of the season and this crushing defeat of the Rossoneri would help propel them to the Scudetto and reclaim the European Cup.

In the era of two points for a win, Milan had held a seven-point lead at the top of Serie A, but it was back down to three by the time they met at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. After the first half had ended 1-1, a whirlwind 16-minute spell towards the end of the game saw Angelo Domenghini, Mario Corso and Sandro Mazzola (twice) fire the Nerazzurri to a historic win.

AC Milan 2-1 Inter – Serie A – October 28, 1984

After four years hopping between Serie A and Serie B, initially demoted to the second tier for their involvement in match-fixing, Milan were facing another relegation battle and had not defeated Inter in over six seasons when they met at the start of the 1984/85 campaign.

Therefore, Rossoneri fans feared the worst when Alessandro Altobelli gave the Nerazzurri the lead with a diving header, but Milan fought back to equaliser through Agostino Di Bartolomei. Then, with 20 minutes remaining, England striker Mark Hateley rose above the Inter defence to power a header past goalkeeper Walter Zenga.

A goal so important in Rossoneri history that fans celebrated it in tifo form ahead of the Derby della Madonnina in January 2016.

AC Milan 5-0 Inter (on aggregate) – Champions League 2004/05

Andriy Shevchenko celebrates. (@acmilan)

Goals from Milan duo Jaap Stam and Andriy Shevchenko in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final in 2005, having won the competition two years earlier, had Inter supporters fearing the worst when they met at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza six days later.

When reigning European Footballer of the Year, Shevchenko struck again for the Rossoneri 30 minutes into second-leg, the Nerazzurri fans controlled their frustrations until the match neared its conclusion, but then released a stream of flares from the terraces above Milan goalkeeper Dida.

The Brazilian dropped to the floor after being struck in the shoulder and after failing to restore calm, the referee abandoned the game, resulting in a 3-0 win for the Rossoneri and Inter played their next four home European fixtures behind closed doors. It gave birth to one of footballs most iconic images.

AC Milan 0-4 Inter – Serie A – August 29, 2009

The 2009/10 season ended with coach Jose Mourinho leading Inter to a historic treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League and the Milan Derby on Matchday 2 of the campaign showed signs of how they would dominate both domestically and in Europe.

The Nerazzurri brushed aside a Milan team containing Alessandro Nesta, Andrea Pirlo and Ronaldinho, as they raced into a three-goal lead before half-time with goals from Thiago Motta, Diego Milito and Maicon. Dejan Stankovic hammered the final nail into the Rossoneri coffin midway through the second period, but it was the performance of playmaker Wesley Sneijder that stood out.

Inter 3-0 AC Milan (on aggregate) – Champions League 2022/23

Edin Dzeko and Fikayo Tomori do battle in the Milan Derby. (@Inter)

Milan set up the first Champions League semi-final between the pair after surprisingly knocking out runaway Serie A leaders Napoli in the previous round, but crumbled almost immediately when it came to facing Inter at the Stadio San Siro. Edin Dzeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it 2-0 to Inter inside 11 minutes.

In the second leg, the Rossoneri held on until the 74th minute, giving hope that they could still make the final with a late flourish, but a goal from Lautaro Martinez secured Inter’s progress. Just like in 2005, when the Nerazzurri fans took solace in Milan losing the final on penalties to Liverpool in Istanbul, Diavolo supporters got to experience the same sense of relief watching Inter lose at the same venue to another Premier League side, Manchester City.


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