Inter 3 AC Milan 2: Brilliant Icardi treble breaks Rossoneri hearts

AC Milan suffered derby day heartbreak after twice cancelling out Mauro Icardi goals, only for the Inter star to complete his hat-trick.

Mauro Icardi celebrates one of his three goals.   -  Getty Images

Mauro Icardi completed a superb hat-trick from the penalty spot in the final minute as Inter snatched a pulsating 3-2 win over AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina. Luciano Spalletti's team remains unbeaten this season and moves above champion Juventus up to second in the Serie A table but it was made to fight hard by its neighbour after half-time at San Siro.

Icardi's instinctive finish from Antonio Candreva's pinpoint 28th-minute cross preceded a passage of play before the interval when a Milan side still bedding in after its frantic close season in the transfer market appeared increasingly overmatched.

But Vincenzo Montella's decision to bring teenage forward Patrick Cutrone on for Franck Kessie at the break proved inspired and the Rossoneri were level when Suso stylishly picked out the bottom corner from long range.

Inter unexpectedly found itself on the ropes and was indebted to Samir Handanovic's stunning reaction save from Giacomo Bonaventura before Icardi started and ended a 63rd-minute counter-attack, crowning it with a brilliant volley.

Spirited display

Milan's head coach is likely to face more speculation over his future after a fourth defeat in eight Serie A matches but his team's spirit could not be called into question in the 81st minute when Bonaventura turned the tables on Handanovic – the goalkeeper fumbling over the line to be credited with the own goal.

There would be a further twist when Ricardo Rodriguez was adjudged to have impeded Icardi at a corner and the Argentina striker proved to be the coolest man in a stadium ramped up to fever pitch.

Final score: Inter Milan 3 (Icardi 28, 63, 90) beat AC Milan 2 (Fernandez Saez 56, Bonaventura 81).

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