STADIO SAN SIRO (Milan) – There couldn’t have been a more memorable way for Inter to be crowned Serie A champions, and there wouldn’t have been an opposition they’d have rather done it against. Inter were confirmed as Italian champions with a 2-1 win over Derby della Madonnina rivals AC Milan with five games still to play.

A fascinating twist of fate saw Simone Inzaghi’s side seal their 20th Serie A title with their sixth consecutive win over Milan in all competitions. Francesco Acerbi‘s opener in the first half was followed by a Marcus Thuram goal shortly after the break. Fikayo Tomori scored too late to give his side real chance of coming back.

The 2023/24 Scudetto is Inter’s 20th, but Inzaghi‘s first as a coach.

Acerbi sets Inter on their way to the Serie A title

Inter Francesco Acerbi celebrates with Nicolo Barella. [@Inter_en]

The nerves probably took their toll on what was not a particularly free-flowing start. Both teams looked cautious and struggled to find spaces, with possession switching regularly from one side to the other as a result of imprecise passes.

Theo Hernandez dragged Milan‘s first attempt of the night wide from the edge of the box before what initially seemed a missed chance from Thuram eventually brought Inter‘s opener. The Frenchman was unable to make a chance count when in on goal, but the resulting corner saw Benjamin Pavard flick on at the near post and Acerbi arrived to head beyond Mike Maignan.

Inter‘s opener saw things shift inside the San Siro. The ‘neutral’ sections fell silent with the only Curva Sud left to respond to a loud Inter ‘away’ end that celebrated the goal with an eruption of noise and the letting off of flares.

Inter’s Marcus Thuram and AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori. [@Inter]

AC Milan‘s best chance to level in the opening 30 minutes fell to Rafael Leao, but the Portuguese fired straight at Yann Sommer after some good breakaway play from Yunus Musah.

Chances then fell at both ends before half time, with Thuram again, Davide Calabria and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all passing up opportunities.

Inter’s Marcus Thuram celebrates. [@Inter_en]

Tomori consolation not enough as Inter are Serie A champions

Thuram got Inter off to the perfect start to the second half. Holding Tomori off, he cut in onto his right foot from the left and sent a low driven shot in at Maignan‘s near post. By this point, it felt beyond any doubt that the Scudetto would be won on the night.

Olivier Giroud‘s introduction did little to trouble Inter, and Inzaghi‘s side only looked like adding to their tally and rubbing further salt in the Rossoneri’s wounds.

A thick fog had descended from the Inter fans onto the pitch that made the on-field action barely visible from the stands, and that did little to spark anything resembling a reaction from Milan.

AC Milan’s Davide Calabria and Inter’s Federico Dimarco battle for the ball. [@Inter_en]

That was until the 80th minute when Tomori appeared to head in at the back post and make things interesting, at least for a moment.

Unable to really channel that energy into anything positive, though, Milan instead ended the game with nine men on the pitch as Theo Hernandez and Davide Calabria needlessly and foolishly earned themselves straight red cards in separate incidents. Denzel Dumfries also saw red for Inter just moments after coming on as a substitute.

Inter, then, are Serie A champions and with five games to spare. They will now be aiming to win each of their remaining matches to end the season on 101 points.