Inter Milan closed the gap on leaders Napoli with a last-gasp victory against city rivals AC Milan, thanks to a controversial penalty scored by hat-trick hero Mauro Icardi.
As AC Milan looked close to taking a share of the spoils despite struggling for much of the match, there were many talking points from a game which was great for the neutral fan, as refereeing decisions and a sluggish display cost the visitors dearly.
5. Mauro Icardi Is on Fire This Season
After bagging his ninth Serie A goal in eight matches, including a hat-trick against rivals AC Milan, Icardi has shown that he is the real deal in Italian football and could be a world-beater over the next few years.
His performances must be surely alerting the attention of the Premier League giants, while also drawing admiring glances from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid. If he keeps up his recent form over a consistent spell, he could fire them to their first title since 2010.
4. AC Milan Show Money Will Not Always Bring Instant Success
After three defeats on the bounce, although they showed in the second half glimpses of the squad’s potential, the Rossoneri were brought back down to earth by their eternal rivals after spending over £150m on talent in the summer, backed by their new Chinese owners Rossoneri Sport Investment.
As the likes of captain Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus and André Silva are beginning to realise in 9th place, infusing so many quality players together in a short space of time when the likes of Napoli and Juventus have settled squads demonstrates how far they have to go.
3. Luciano Spaletti Is Impressing Highly as Inter Milan Manager
Many thought it would take time for former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti to adjust to life as new coach of Inter Milan, after mixed success in Italy and in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg.
With eight games under his belt as manager of Nerazzurri, they sit second in the table behind surprise package Napoli, conceding only five goals in the process as Spaletti has focused heavily on defence first, showing in the Derby Della Madonnina a well-organised defence and hard-working midfield.
2. Antonio Candreva Silenced His Doubters
It was one of the standout highlights of the game, with the Italian international quelling a number of pundits who suggested in the national media that he needs to produce more when it matters, by sending in a beauty of a cross for Icardi to dispatch with aplomb.
The Argentine forward had to simply flick the ball into the back of the net, such was the pace on the cross, as Candreva showed to his critics that he can deliver when the time comes, making the pass of the game and causing havoc throughout the match.
1. AC Milan Were Unlucky Not to Come Out of the Game With More
Inter Milan kept within two points of Serie A leaders Napoli thanks to a hat-trick from the devastating Icardi, but it might have been different if AC Milan had put in the same amount of effort and creativity that they did in a thirty minute spell from the beginning of the second half.
Creating chance after chance, the visitors were close to taking all three points by bombarding the opposition with attacks, as goals from Suso and Giacomo Bonaventura showed they can mix it with the best in Serie A. However, a lack of energy, poor defending and a slow start cost them dearly.