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Saturday, May 12, 2001
AC crush Inter in derby drubbing
By Simon Evans

MILAN, May 11 (Reuters) - AC Milan hammered Inter 6-0 in the Milan derby at the San Siro stadium on Friday, with Andriy Shevchenko and Gianni Comandini each scoring twice in the spree.

The result was Inter's worst-ever home defeat in Serie A and Milan's biggest league win over their local arch-rivals.

Milan's victory all but ended Inter's hopes of taking Italy's fourth Champions League qualification spot and lifted Milan to within three points of fourth-placed Parma, who face Reggina away on Saturday.

Milan took just three minutes to make their mark when Brazilian winger Serginho beat two men and found Comandini, who was making just his second start of the season and stabbed the ball home.

Comandini was on target again in the 19th minute with a superb, angled header from a pinpoint Serginho cross.

Federico Giunti put Milan 3-0 up with a free-kick in the 53rd minute before the devastating Serginho ripped apart the Inter defence once more and found Shevchenko at the back post for the Ukrainian to head home.

That prompted hundreds of Inter fans to leave the ground and one fan invaded the pitch, accosting Milan defender Alessandro Costacurta before being escorted away by police.

But the misery was not over for the Inter fans who remained. Shevchenko made it 5-0 in the 78th minute, tapping home from close range after excellent work from his former Dynamo Kiev team mate Kakha Kaladze.

Fittingly it was Serginho, who had tormented Inter throughout the night, who added the final insult, surging through the middle and sliding the ball past Sebastien Frey to make it 6-0.


The Brazilian has been a revelation since Milan coach Cesare Maldini switched to a flat back four, allowing Serginho a more advanced role.

'I feel more protected in this system and I can focus on what I do best,' the Brazilian said.

'But both myself and the team have to get the euphoria out of our system quickly. There are four games to go and we need to win them if we are to push into the Champions League'.

Milan coach Maldini said he was not at all surprised by Serginho's stunning display of pace and dribbling on the left flank.

'There was nothing new in that for me - I have always known what he is capable of and always had belief that he can produce that sort of play.

'He was outstanding but the whole team were excellent,' said Maldini, who also praised two-goal Comandini, whom he had chosen ahead of regular target man Oliver Bierhoff.

Inter coach Marco Tardelli declined to attend the post-match press conference and an Inter spokesman said he was 'analysing the match' with club officials.

Maldini said he felt sorry for his counterpart and said he did not expect him to throw in the towel.

'I know Marco and he is a combative character. Defeats, even heavy defeats, are part of football and you have to take them, get up again and start all over,' Maldini said.

'That is what I hope Marco will do. I know what it is like, I was on the bench when we lost 5-1 to Inter in a derby,' said Maldini referring to a 1974 match when he was Milan's assistant coach.

  • Inter Milan fans clashed with police after their team's 6-0 defeat by local arch-rivals AC Milan on Friday.

    Inter fans hurled glass bottles at police as they left the San Siro stadium and police used teargas to quell the disturbance.

    The fans later regrouped and launched another attack on police, who were separating Inter supporters from Milan fans leaving the stadium. The Italian news agency ANSA said two fans were arrested and one fan was taken away in an ambulance with an injury.

    There had also been an incident during the game when, after Milan had scored their fourth goal, a fan went on to the pitch from the Inter section of the stadium and accosted Milan defender Alessandro Costacurta. The fan was taken away by police.

    Inter fans have been involved in numerous incidents this season and Eurpean soccer's governing body UEFA ordered they must play their next two European games away from the San Siro after violent protests followed their UEFA Cup defeat by Spanish club Alaves in February.

    Inter also face a fine and a possible ban from their home ground after fans threw a motor scooter from the second tier of a stand towards the end of Sunday's 3-0 Serie A win over Atalanta.


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