Inter Milan advanced into their first final in the renowned competition since 2010 on Tuesday after defeating AC Milan 1-0 in an all-Italian UEFA Champions League semifinal second-leg match. The result gave Inter Milan a 3-0 win overall. Milan had previously defeated AC Milan by a score of 2-0 in the first leg. Inter, the reigning three-time winners, will now face either Real Madrid or Manchester City in the championship game on June 10 in Istanbul. This would be Inter’s first final appearance since they overcame Bayern Munich to claim the trophy in 2010.
At a boisterous San Siro, Lautaro Martinez beat AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan with an angled shot to secure their victory in the 74th minute. Simone Inzaghi’s team romped to win despite AC Milan having some promising moments in the first half, with Brahim Diaz and the returning Rafael Leao wasting their best chances. AC Milan failed to even register a shot on target in the lopsided second half.
Edin Dzeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored both goals for Inter in the first leg last week, nearly destroying AC Milan, but Stefano Pioli’s team looked more dangerous early on this time. Theo Hernandez’s long-range shot narrowly missed the crossbar, giving Inter a fright. Then, following a superb run and cut-back by midfielder Sandro Tonali, Diaz missed a wonderful opportunity.