Rodrigo Palacio's late goal clinched Inter a vital derby win at the San Siro as AC Milan's stuttering season took a turn for the worse.

A poor game between the two former European powerhouses was heading for a goalless draw when Palacio turned in Fredy Guarin's cross.

Milan's Andrea Poli had earlier wasted a chance to give his side the lead when he blazed over from a good position.

They finished with 10 men after Sulley Muntari's lunge on Zdravko Kuzmanovic.

Milan can have few complaints and were fortunate when Inter had a strong penalty claim turned down shortly before the interval after a clumsy challenge from Cristian Zapata on the dangerous Palacio.

Massimiliano Allegri's side head into the short winter break with one win in the last nine league games.

Tale of the two Milan clubs

Inter Milan AC Milan

18

Serie A

18

7

Coppa Italia

5

5

Supercoppa Italiana

6

3

European Cup/Champions League

7

0

European Cup Winners' Cup

2

3

Europa League/Uefa Cup

0

0

Uefa Super Cup

5

36

TOTAL

43

The 18-time champions of Italy and seven-time champions of Europe will resume their Serie A campaign at home to Atalanta on 6 January, just five points above the relegation zone.

They started brightly with Mario Balotelli threatening his former club in spells before Kaka almost broke the deadlock with a low shot from 16 yards which Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic failed to gather at the first attempt.

Midfielder Poli was presented with a glorious opportunity after Handanovic made a mess of a corner, but he failed to keep his composure and blazed over the bar.

Inter, now up to fifth in the table, were denied a penalty following Zapata's foul on Palacio before Muntari's ugly challenge on Brazil-born Jonathan which the referee failed to spot.

The game needed a moment of quality and Palacio provided it in the 86th minute, the Argentina forward firing home from close range after Guarin's cross.

Muntari pressed the self-destruct button as his shoulder barge on Kuzmanovic earned the former Portsmouth midfielder a red card.

Lineup, Bookings (9) & Substitutions (6)

Internazionale

  • 01 Handanovic
  • 02 Cicero Moreira
  • 55 Nagatomo
  • 05 Nunes Jesus Booked
  • 35 Rolando Booked
  • 14 Campagnaro Booked
  • 04 Zanetti (Kuzmanovic - 68' )
  • 21 Sliti Taider (Kovacic - 57' )
  • 08 Palacio
  • 13 Guarín Booked
  • 19 Cambiasso (Icardi - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Andreolli
  • 07 Belfodil
  • 09 Icardi
  • 10 Kovacic
  • 12 Castellazzi
  • 16 Mudingayi
  • 17 Kuzmanovic
  • 18 Oliveira dos Santos
  • 23 Ranocchia
  • 25 Samuel
  • 30 Carrizo
  • 31 Pereira

Milan

  • 32 Abbiati
  • 02 De Sciglio Booked
  • 21 Constant Booked (Emanuelson - 45' )
  • 34 de Jong Booked
  • 17 Zapata
  • 25 Bonera
  • 04 Muntari Dismissed
  • 16 Poli (Pazzini - 87' )
  • 45 Balotelli Booked
  • 08 Saponara (Matri - 76' )
  • 22 Kaká

Substitutes

  • 05 Mexes
  • 09 Matri
  • 11 Pazzini
  • 23 Nocerino
  • 24 Cristante
  • 28 Emanuelson
  • 35 Coppola
  • 59 Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 81 Zaccardo
Ref: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni

Match Stats

Shots

15 17

On target

7 4

Corners

5 7

Fouls

13 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Inter Milan 1, Milan 0.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Inter Milan 1, Milan 0.

90:00 +3:34

Attempt missed. Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kaká with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +3:21

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Samir Handanovic.

90:00 +2:25 Dismissal

Dismissal Sulley Ali Muntari (Milan) is shown the red card for fighting.

90:00 +2:06

Kaká (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:06

Foul by Jonathan (Inter Milan).

90:00 +1:44

Offside, Inter Milan. Fredy Guarín tries a through ball, but Mauro Icardi is caught offside.

90:00 +1:14

Attempt missed. Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mauro Icardi.

90:00 +0:26

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Daniele Bonera.

86:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Giampaolo Pazzini replaces Andrea Poli.

86:35 Booking

Booking Mario Balotelli (Milan) is shown the yellow card.

85:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Inter Milan 1, Milan 0. Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fredy Guarín with a cross.

83:01

Foul by Mattia De Sciglio (Milan).

83:01

Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inter Milan. Mauro Icardi replaces Esteban Cambiasso.

81:19

Kaká (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:19

Foul by Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Inter Milan).

80:39

Attempt saved. Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Inter Milan) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Esteban Cambiasso.

80:04

Attempt saved. Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yuto Nagatomo.

79:00

Attempt saved. Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rolando.

77:52

Attempt missed. Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

76:41

Mattia De Sciglio (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:41

Foul by Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan).

76:02

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Yuto Nagatomo.

75:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Alessandro Matri replaces Riccardo Saponara.

71:08

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

70:17 Booking

Booking Rolando (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

70:11

Hand ball by Rolando (Inter Milan).

69:33

Attempt missed. Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yuto Nagatomo following a corner.

69:27

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Mattia De Sciglio.

67:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inter Milan. Zdravko Kuzmanovic replaces Javier Zanetti.

67:04

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

67:04

Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:27 Booking

Booking Juan Jesus (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:16

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:16

Foul by Juan Jesus (Inter Milan).

65:52

Attempt saved. Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Javier Zanetti.

63:03

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Hugo Campagnaro.

61:21 Booking

Booking Nigel de Jong (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:18

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Milan).

61:18

Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:06

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mattia De Sciglio.

60:17

Attempt blocked. Sulley Ali Muntari (Milan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kaká.

58:39 Booking

Booking Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card.

56:55

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Nigel de Jong.

56:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Inter Milan. Mateo Kovacic replaces Saphir Sliti Taider.

55:00

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Juan Jesus.

54:53

Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sulley Ali Muntari with a cross.

53:51

Offside, Milan. Mattia De Sciglio tries a through ball, but Mario Balotelli is caught offside.

52:31

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Sulley Ali Muntari.

51:10

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

51:10

Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:39

Attempt blocked. Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan with a cross.

49:14

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Nigel de Jong.

48:29

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

48:00

Foul by Kaká (Milan).

48:00

Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:06

Attempt saved. Jonathan (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rodrigo Palacio.

45:37

Offside, Milan. Cristian Zapata tries a through ball, but Mario Balotelli is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Inter Milan 0, Milan 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Urby Emanuelson replaces Kevin Constant because of an injury.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Inter Milan 0, Milan 0.

45:00 +1:45

Attempt missed. Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Saphir Sliti Taider with a cross following a set piece situation.

45:00 +0:58 Booking

Booking Kevin Constant (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:53

Foul by Kevin Constant (Milan).

45:00 +0:53

Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

44:21

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

44:16

Delay in match Jonathan (Inter Milan) because of an injury.

41:48

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:44

Delay in match Kevin Constant (Milan) because of an injury.

41:18

Kevin Constant (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:18

Foul by Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan).

40:35

Daniele Bonera (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:35

Foul by Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan).

39:07

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Milan).

39:07

Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:19

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:19

Foul by Saphir Sliti Taider (Inter Milan).

36:54

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Jonathan.

35:13

Sulley Ali Muntari (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:13

Foul by Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan).

34:45

Foul by Daniele Bonera (Milan).

34:45

Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:45

Attempt blocked. Nigel de Jong (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

32:27

Attempt missed. Sulley Ali Muntari (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Daniele Bonera.

29:47

Foul by Andrea Poli (Milan).

29:47

Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:06

Attempt missed. Andrea Poli (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

29:05

Attempt saved. Daniele Bonera (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

29:03

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kaká with a cross.

28:11

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Fredy Guarín.

27:05

Attempt missed. Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Javier Zanetti.

25:25 Booking

Booking Mattia De Sciglio (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:20

Foul by Mattia De Sciglio (Milan).

25:20

Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:09

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

25:08

Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

24:15

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:15

Foul by Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan).

23:23

Attempt missed. Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Saphir Sliti Taider with a cross.

22:36

Foul by Andrea Poli (Milan).

22:36

Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:46

Attempt missed. Sulley Ali Muntari (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin Constant.

18:34

Kaká (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:34

Foul by Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan).

14:58

Attempt missed. Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Esteban Cambiasso with a headed pass.

12:56

Attempt blocked. Kaká (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:16

Foul by Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan).

12:16

Daniele Bonera (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:48

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

10:48

Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:45

Attempt saved. Kaká (Milan) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mario Balotelli.

10:04

Riccardo Saponara (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:04

Foul by Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan).

9:20

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

7:35

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Juan Jesus.

7:29

Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Riccardo Saponara.

7:00

Attempt saved. Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Yuto Nagatomo.

3:57

Rolando (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:57

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

1:34

Jonathan (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

1:34

Foul by Kevin Constant (Milan).

0:49

Fredy Guarín (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:49

Foul by Sulley Ali Muntari (Milan).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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