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Final from Gillette: Inter Milan 2, AC Milan 0

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  July 26, 2009 07:09 PM

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By David Beard, Globe Staff

FINAL – Inter Milan 2, AC Milan 0. Inter's Milito is named the Man of the Match. No surprise, given the Argentine's two goals. Milito, who scored 19 goals for Genoa last year, has wasted little time making an impact for his new team.

MINUTE 86 – Attendance announced: 42,531. In final minutes, am struck by the adept ball handling and pace of Nnamdi Oduamadi, one of AC Milan’s strong young prospects.

MINUTE 77 – It was nearly 3-0 as new sub Ricardo Quaresma fired a shot that Kalac barely handled. Zidane fans note: Marco Materazzi just entered the game.

MINUTE 75 – Inter answered with a breakaway and shot by Diego Milito – his second goal of the game. Milito’s shot bounced off Kalac’s foot and skipped behind the keeper, into the net. Inter 2, AC Milan 0.

MINUTE 75 – Julio Cesar just had a workout. Mathieu Flamini sent a powerful strike that Cesar carried over the bar.

MINUTE 74 – Dejan Stankovic fired a strong 25-yarder that was barely pushed away by the keeper. It woke up the crowd. Entering the game is Inter’s vice captain, Ivan Ramiro Cordoba. Will this set up a more intense last 15 minutes?

MINUTE 73 – Among the AC Milan subs is Patrick Vieira, who made an impact within a minute with a strong challenge..

MINUTE 61 -- Mario Balotelli yellow-carded. Inter's Patrick Vieira enters the game, replacing Thiago Motta.

MINUTE 60 -- Nice diving stop by AC Milan's Marek Jankulovski to stop a strong Inter challenge.

MINUTE 46 -- Second half under way. Two substitutions for AC Milan -- Gianmarco Zigorni in for Marco Borriero, and Ignazio Abate in for Andrea Pirlo.

FIRST HALF -- Inter 1, AC Milan 0. Little pace in clear preseason contest. Neither rival wanting to give anything away, in terms of strategy, to the other.

MINUTE 34 -- Ronaldinho draws a foul and has a shot from 22 yards out. Balotelli blocks it, provoking a complaint from Ronaldinho to the referee. In a bizarre move, the referee first pulls out a red card for dissent, provoking a howl from the crowd, then smiles and gives a yellow card. Ronaldinho, smiling, walks to the sidelines for a corner kick.

MINUTE 28 -- Inter's 18-year-old Italian phenom, Mario Balotelli, launches a rocket from 25 yards out -- but right at keeper Zeljko Kalac.

MINUTE 20 -- The wave begins. La ola in Italian. Yes, they do it there, the Italians in the press box tell me -- but usually not in the middle of play. By the way, it's clear there are more than 40,000 fans here, as late-comers down the Route 1 parking lot discovered.

MINUTE 16 -- Very nearly 2-0 except for two extraordinary stops in front of a crowded AC Milan goal.

MINUTE 10 -- Huge opportunity to equalize in front of the Inter goal, but Pato failed to capitalize

MINUTE 4 -- Inter 1, AC Milan 0. Diego Milito cut back, beating defender Onyewu, and scored on a left-footed, near post goal. The AC Milan fans are much quieter.

MILAN DERBY-- And we're off. American Oguchi Onyewu is getting the start for AC Milan, playing alongside Ronaldinho (who got practically a standing ovation after his pregame workout), and Brazilian phenom Alexandrew Pato. Inter is featuring captain (and Argentine captain) Javier Zanetti, Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar, and Brazilian captain Lucio, who sank the US Confederation Cup chances earlier this summer with a decisive goal in the final in South Africa. There will be plenty of subsitutions in this game, which means we may get a peek at
vice-captain Ivan Ramiro Cordoba, Patrick Vierira, and Marco Materazzi. Materazzi may be best known as the Azurri player who made the nasty remark to French star Zidane that got Zidane pugnacious -- and red-carded -- in the 2006 Italy-France World Cup final.

GOLD CUP UPDATE -- Mexico 5, United States 0.

GOLD CUP UPDATE -- An hour before the Milan derby begins at Gillette, and it's scoreless as the second half begins in the US-Mexico Gold Cup final at Giants Stadium. Wide open match, with no shots on goal, but Mexico's Giovanni Dos Santos looks dangerous. For Revolution fans, former New England defensive star Michael Parkhurst was called up for the game because of injury, and Jay Heaps has been a key to defense of America's ''C'' team. US Coach Bradley is trying out new players in this series to buttress his developing roster for the 2010 World Cup. Will update this game as we await the start of the AC Milan-Milan Inter ''friendly'' at Foxborough.

EARLY PREGAME -- It's a big day for soccer in the United States, with the US national team taking on Mexico in the Gold Cup final just minutes from now at Giants Stadium. Here at Gillette, we'll be providing minute-by-minute action of the match between two European archrivals -- Milan Inter and AC Milan.

The Globe's Frank Dell'apa provided a terrific setup of the rivalry and of today's game, which features world-class players such as Ronaldinho, Gennaro Gattuso, Julio Cesar, Javier Zanetti, Pato, and Andrea Pirlo. The main point: while this match is billed as a friendly pre-season encounter, both sides have repeatedly declared that between them, ''there are no friendlies.''

More than two hours before matchtime, fans wearing the red-and-black jerseys of AC Milan and the blue-and-black of Inter Milan are all over the parking lot, along with the smells of grilled sausage and Italian and Brazilian delicacies.

One of AC Milan's newest players is a rising American defender, Oguchi Onyewu, who signed hundreds of autographs to VIP fans during workouts last night. Here's a video of his response to questions by the Globe and others last night:


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