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  • Writer's pictureBruno Asoka

Nerazzurri win Supercoppa Italia

Inter Milan won a one-sided Derby della Madonnina over rival AC Milan 3-0 to win the Supercoppa Italiana, giving the Nerazzurri a record-tying eighth victory in the competition.

Inter got off to the perfect start with the first goal inside the first ten minutes of the 234th meeting between the two rivals and the first ever in Saudi Arabia. Edin Džeko's fantastic first-time pass set Nicolo Barella free in front of the Milan defense, and the Italian midfielder selflessly passed the ball across the penalty area for Federico Dimarco to score.

Buoyed by the early breakthrough, the Nerazzurri looked full of confidence, and duly doubled their advantage in the 21st minute, when the influential Džeko cut inside Tonali and fired a clinical strike into the far corner beyond Ciprian Tătărușanu. In a wide open first half, both sides missed chances before HT - the best of which fell to Lautaro Martínez, who was inches away from converting an inviting Henrikh Mkhitaryan delivery.

After the break, the Rossoneri came out determined to take control of the game, but needless goals from Ismaël Bennacer and Rafeal Leão only made things worse for them. At the other end, Inter remained dangerous in the final third, but Simon Kjaer's pivotal last-ditch block prevented Martinez from firing inside the six-yard box.

Stefano Pioli brought Charles De Ketelaere and Divock Origi with 25 minutes remaining in the game in an effort to turn around the two-goal deficit. Late in the game, nevertheless, Inter added a crucial third goal. Martinez held off Fikayo Tomori's charge and finished beautifully over Tătărușanu to give the lopsided Nerazzurri a historic triumph.

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