Veteran French striker Olivier Giroud turned the tables on reigning champions Inter and restored Milan’s hopes of a first title since 2011 by scoring two goals in Saturday’s 2-1 derby win over Milan in the 24th leg of Serie A.
The 35-year-old striker hit Inter in the final quarter with two goals in less than four minutes, turning his side’s first-half score where Inter scored a goal by Croatian Ivan Perisic, to inflict on holders and coach Simone Inzaghi only the second defeat of the season, after the first on October 16 against Lazio, Inzaghi’s former team.
Inter’s second defeat of the season comes at the start of a tough two weeks, taking on Roma in the quarter-finals of the domestic cup on Tuesday before taking on Napoli in the next week’s round, the last fixture before taking on Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals on the 16th.
Rome misses on two points
In the capital, Roma missed two points away for their Champions League qualifying clash this season with a goalless draw at home to Genoa.
Roma increased their tally to 39 points in sixth place, three points behind Juventus, while Genoa’s balance is 14 points in the nineteenth place.
Lazio beat hosts Fiorentina with a clean three to Serge Milinkovic-Savic (52), Ciro Immobile (70), and Cristiano Biraghi (81 own goal) in a meeting that the hosts completed with ten players in the last 5 minutes.
Immobile was the top scorer with 18 goals and a goal difference against Serbian former Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, who recently moved to Juventus.