Milan Derby ‘great Advert’ In Asia: Montella

AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella hailed the first
Chinese-owned city derby as a “great advert” for
Italian football after a thrilling 2-2 draw against
Inter Milan on Saturday. Given an unusually early slot of 1130 GMT on
Easter weekend, a party atmosphere reigned in
the hours leading up to the final Milan derby of the
season. But by the end of an entertaining encounter, held
in blazing sunshine at a near-full-capacity San Siro
stadium, there was only one team celebrating: AC
Milan. Inter were 2-0 up with first-half goals from
Antonio Candreva and Mauro Icardi, but Cristian
Zapata added to Alessio Romagnoli’s 83rd-minute
strike to snatch a share of the points in the seventh
minute of injury time. It capped a dramatic last few days for AC Milan,
who were purchased by Rossoneri Sport
Investment Lux two days ago to become the city’s
second Chinese-owned Serie A team. Inter have
been owned by Suning since June 2016. With both clubs looking to benefit from the
commercial spin-offs offered by a huge Asian
market, Montella said: “For Asia that was a great
advert (for Italian football). “It was a hard-fought game that gave fans plenty
of emotions, both positive and negative.” The draw left Montella’s men sixth, one point
behind Atalanta in fifth and the final Europa
League qualifying place. Inter remain seventh, still two points behind their
city rivals. “It’s a point that is very useful for the Europa
(League qualification),” added Montella. “But we
have to keep on battling.”


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