Leon helped Milan beat Inter 3-2 in front of new owners
In front of the club’s new owners, Rafael Leon led AC Milan to a 3-2 victory over fierce rivals Inter Milan in Saturday’s intense Serie A derby.
Leon, along with teammate and coach Stefano Pioli, celebrated enthusiastically with the fans after the game, who had a blast dancing and singing “Pioli’s on fire” (to “Freed from Desire”).
“Apart from singing, it’s the energy that makes me so happy, and I want to share that with my fans,” Pioli said.
Leon was involved in all three of Milan’s goals, scoring two and scoring another for Olivier Giroud.
Marcelo Brozovic opened the scoring for Inter in the 21st minute and Edin Deco gave the Nerazzurri a goal in the 67th minute.
“To improve, you need talent and intelligence. Rafa has talent and he is a very intelligent person,” Pioli said of Leon.
“Young people need to be given time to grow and the freedom to make mistakes. It’s an important weapon… Rafa understands, listens and knows that he should never be satisfied.He knows that with this talent he can aim high increase.
Milan are on top of Serie A. Napoli joined the defending champions after suffering their first loss with a 2-1 victory over Lazio. Juventus suffered a 1-1 draw against Fiorentina.
Milan announced the completion of its latest ownership change on Wednesday, when Redbird Capital Partners took control and the New York Yankees acquired a minority stake. RedBird founder and managing his partner Gerry Cardinale was in the stands of Madonnina his derby at San Siro.
In this match for Italy’s premier club, Inter broke a deadlock against the flow of play as Lautaro Martinez hit a backheel on Joaquín Correa, sending Brozovic into the bottom left corner.
AC Milan fans booed every time ex-player Hakan Charhanoor touched the ball, much to their delight when a whimsical pass from him equalized seven minutes later. Sandro Tonali intercepted the ball, stepped forward and sidefooted it across, and Leon dived in.
When Inter struggled to get out of their own half, it was all Milan. Leon chose Giroud to give the Rossoneri the lead.
Six minutes later, Leon scored past three Inter defenders to double the scoring.
When Inter coach Simone Inzaghi called for substitutions, the two substitutes made an immediate impact. D?eko matched his Henrikh Mkhitaryan cross to the left post.
US defender Serginho Dest was an unused substitute after joining Milan on loan from Barcelona on Thursday.
Juventus were further disappointed when they failed to score a goal in Florence in the second half and new signing Leandro Paredes conceded a penalty.
Fellow new signing Arkadiusz Milik gave Juventus the lead in the 9th minute with his second goal in many games.
Fiorentina equalized from a counter-attack, only to be stopped by Cristian Kuame in the 29th minute.
Just before half-time, Fiorentina were awarded a handball penalty by Paredes. However, Mattia Perrin, who had substituted for the injured Wojciech Szczesny, shoved Luka Jovic’s spot kick into the post.
Juventus have saved four of the last seven penalties they have faced in Serie A.
Napoli’s new arrivals shone as Kim Minje and Kvica Kvaracgelia thwarted Mattia Zaccani’s opening goal for Lazio.
https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2022-09-04/football/Leao-helps-Milan-beat-Inter-3-2-in-front-of-new-owners-6736245648 Leon helped Milan beat Inter 3-2 in front of new owners