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
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.