Those who had hoped for a highly exciting Milan derby in the final of the Supercoppa Italiana were proved wrong. The reigning cup winners Inter almost completely dominated this final played in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, thus confirming their current form and plunging Milan into the currently deep valley with a 0:3.

Even though the reigning Italian champions Milan had only lost twice this Serie A season, a negative trend was evident recently. This trend continued this Wednesday at the Supercoppa Italiana in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: After the Rossoneri had given away a 2:0 against Roma (2:2) in the last 16 of the Coppa, had lost to Torino (0:1 n.V. and in overtime) and had only managed a 2:2 at Lecce after a 0:2 defeat, the team again appeared very insecure, especially defensively.

The result was an early 0:2 deficit. Or to put it another way: City rivals Inter, who had been going strong recently, simply continued their trend against their struggling rivals. After a great combination via Dzeko and Barella, it was first Dimarco who put the score at 1-0 with a direct shot from close range (10th minute), before Dzeko, now almost 37 years old, still showed his qualities in goal-scoring. The Bosnian outdanced the too-passive Tonali to then finely flick into the far corner – 2:0 (21.).

Dzeko and Dimarco miss 3:0

It was difficult for Milan to recover from this double blow, only Rafael Leao (16th, 17th, 28th), who was strong in attack, managed to create some momentum. However, the Rossoneri could also thank their keeper Tatarusanu for not allowing a dangerous shot by Dzeko (28th) and Dimarco (30th) to make it 0:3.

As a result, the score remained 0:2 at the break – and Milan had to improve noticeably to be able to achieve anything in this Supercup final. The Nerazzurri were wearing the trousers at this point and throughout the entire match.

A world-class goal from the world champion

After the change of ends, the Rossoneri tried to respond and underlined their efforts with a lot of offensive football. However, Bennacer (47th), Rafael Leao (49th) and Giroud (57th) were the only ones to come close also because the Nerazzurri defence stood well for the most part.

And so it was once again Inter who scored the next goal – the decisive one on this final evening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: After a long ball, Lautaro Martinez beat his too-passive opponent Tomori and then scored from a slightly acute angle with the outside of his foot into the far corner. Really strong action by the Argentinean world champion. As with the other goals conceded, keeper Tatarusanu could not do anything about it (77.).

The score remained 3:0, although AC-joker Rebic touched the top of the crossbar with an unfortunate cross. He and his teammates could not buy anything with their performance this evening – not even with almost 70 per cent ball possession in the end. Internazionale FC was more ice-cold, more hard-nosed, and better and thus confirmed their already strong form of late – the seventh title win in the Italian Super Cup. Meanwhile, the Rossoneri need to build up their team, as coach Stefano Pioli’s team is in a slump.