AC Milan beats Inter 2-1 to win Italian Super Cup

AC Milan won a record sixth Italian Super Cup after coming from

behind to beat city rival Inter Milan 2-1 in a hard-fought derby at

Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing on Saturday.

Inter led at halftime after Wesley Sneijder curled a free kick

over the wall and the ball ricocheted in off the crossbar. The free

kick came after a foul by combative Milan midfielder Gennaro

Gattuso.

Milan’s first goal came after Clarence Seedorf chested down a

cross near the touch line, then knocked it back in for Zlatan

Ibrahimovic to send a diving header into the net.

Ibrahimovic also hit the post with a header against his former

club in the first half.

The equalizer was quickly followed by Milan forward Alexandre

Pato running onto a through ball. His shot hit the post, but

Kevin-Prince Boateng slid to knock in the rebound.

Boateng celebrated with a spinning kung fu kick that delighted

the cheering crowds packed into the Olympic stadium. The venue has

proved an unlucky one for Inter, which played in the same fixture

at the same place two years ago and lost 2-1 to Lazio.

The victory moved Milan one Italian Super Cup clear of Inter and

two in front of Juventus.

The Super Cup is the traditional curtain raiser for the Italian

season, played between the previous season’s Serie A winners

(Milan) and Italian Cup victors (Inter).

Three of the next four Italian Super Cups will be played in

China to help promote Italian football in Asia.