Inter Milan vs. AC Milan score: Lautaro Martinez double sends Nerazzurri to Coppa Italia final

The Derby della Madonnina went emphatically to Inter Milan on Tuesday as Simone Inzaghi’s side beat rivals AC Milan 3-0 in the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg. Inter reached their first domestic cup final since the 2010/11 season on Tuesday, beating AC Milan 3-0 on aggregate after ending 0-0 in the first leg last month.

It was a brace from Lautaro Martinez in the first half that set the pace for the hosts while Milan struggled to test Samir Handanovic consistently. A late goal from Robin Gosens provided the Rossoneri with an unflattering result as the two sides will still be battling for the championship crown in the latter part of the Serie A season.

Inter had fewer chances than Milan and saw less of the ball but were much more effective, while Inzaghi’s team also defended well when it mattered, leaving very little room to work in the penalty area.

The right time for Lautaro to turn it on

There was a point this season when the striker just looked away and lost. He did not score a goal from December 22 to February 2. But he’s since found his footing and put his team within reach of the trophy. Not only did the goal at Anfield in the Champions League help him regain his footing, but he also scored a hat-trick on March 4 in Serie A, scoring against Spezia on Friday and then adding a brace. He has scored seven goals in the last month and a half. Inter are now 10 games unbeaten, with Lautaro’s form making them Coppa Italia final favorites… and possibly Serie A too.

He was absolutely clinical on this one and scored this incredible winner just minutes later:

Inzaghi continues to look like the right man

When Inter Milan appointed Simone Inzaghi as their new manager 11 months ago after Antonio Conte packed his bags right after the Scudetto win, few thought the Nerazzurri would do so well, especially after losing key players like Romelu Lukaku, Christian Eriksen and Achraf Hakimi.

The ex-Lazio coach won the Supercoppa in his first year in charge, reached the final of the Coppa Italia and is in town with his rivals until the end of the Scudetto race. The only competition they missed out on was the Champions League where, despite a win at Anfield, they were eliminated by Liverpool in the Round of 16. All in all. We can already say that it’s been quite a successful season for the Inter manager as fans will now be raising expectations and clamoring for at least one more trophy after beating AC Milan in the Coppa Italia semi-finals.

Inzaghi needs to feel the pressure, especially as he could potentially rise to the top of Serie A if Inter Milan beat Bologna next week. Inzaghi managed to keep morale high after last summer at a moment when few believed in the club’s project. The end of the season (and trophies) will determine his final verdict. It’s probably a bit brutal, but that’s Italian football for you.

A boost for the Scudetto race for Inter

We must also take into account that this decisive victory will also have some psychological consequences for the Scudetto race. The last Serie A derby, played in February, featured a brace from Olivier Giroud and has completely turned the Scudetto racing landscape upside down for the past two months. Inter Milan were definitely affected by the defeat, while AC Milan had a fresh new energy that has propelled the team to the top of the table so far.

Everything seemed to be going to Milan until Inter recovered lately. This game could have a similar reverberation if Inter manage to take care of business while controlling their destiny with a game in hand. The two teams presented on Tuesday have all the makings of a final decision on who will clinch the Serie A title.

Inter Milan emerged victorious on Tuesday as their fans hope this is just a small taste of what may happen on the streets of Milan in a matter of weeks. Winning a consecutive league title for the first time since 2010 could be one of the greatest moments in the club’s recent history.

With victory, they face either Juventus or Fiorentina in the final on May 11, with the other semi-final being decided live on CBS Sports Network and Paramount+ on Wednesday at 3pm ET.

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