Inter 2-1 AC Milan: Nerazzurri win TIM Trophy

BARI – The first Milanese derby of the season was held at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari, as Inter and AC Milan squared off in the last of three mini-matches to determine the 2012 TIM Trophy winner. El Sharaawy put the Rossoneri ahead but Inter turned the tables thanks to a Guarin header and Palacio’s goal on the break, thus securing the 12th edition of the tournament.

Both sides began aggressively but the first chance fell to the Rossoneri: Boateng forced Belec into a difficult save with an effort that was heading for the top corner. Inter responded and went close in the 11th minute as Coutinho burst into the box from the left before drilling a low shot at goal, Amelia collecting at the second attempt. Milito then played Palacio in with a useful ball on the 15-minute mark but the former Genoa man bulged the side netting with a powerful shot on the run.

A minute later it was 1-0 to AC Milan, El Sharaawy seizing on a
defensive slip by Chivu to sweep past Belec.

made two substitutions on 20 minutes: Amelia and Boateng made
way for Pazzagli and Carmona. Stramaccioni responded by replacing
Jonathan with Mbaye.

showed a remarkable display of bravery when he hurled himself at the ball with
Ganz about to swivel and volley after 24 minutes.

later the Nerazzurri drew level with a textbook move. Palacio whipped
in the most inviting of crosses between the keeper and the back line, and Guarin
got there ahead of Acerbi to nod past Pazzagli.

brought on fresh blood in the 28th
minute as Longo took over striking duties from Milito, while
Emanuelson replaced goalscorer El Sharaawy for AC Milan.

completed the comeback on 34 minutes. Palacio left opponents trailing
in his wake with a jet-heeled charge towards goals before powering
the ball across Pazzagli and into the far corner.

gave Ranocchia, Bianchetti, Benassi and Pasa a taste of the action late on but there
was no change in scoreline before the referee blew for full time.

With two wins out of two following their earlier win over Juventus, the Nerazzurri end the competition on maximum points (six), racking up their eighth TIM Trophy success in 12 years.

Inter 2-1 AC Milan
Scorers: El Sharaawy 16, Guarin 25, Palacio 34.

Inter: 27 Belec, 4 Zanetti, 6 Silvestre, 7 Coutinho
(28 Pasa, 42), 8 Palacio (24 Benassi, 42), 14 Guarin, 19 Cambiasso, 22
Milito (81 Longo, 28), 26 Chivu (23 Ranocchia, 33), 33 Mbaye (20′ 42
Jonathan), 55 Nagatomo (44 Bianchetti, 37).
Subs: 12 Castellazzi, 45 Forte, 46 Del Piero.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

AC Milan: 1 Amelia (60 Pazzagli, 20), 77 Antonini, 13
Acerbi, 15 Mesbah, 62 Albertazzi, 12 Traorè (61 Prosenik, 39), 54
Cristante, 57 Valoti, 92 El Sharaawy (28 Emanuelson, 32), 56 Ganz, 27
Boateng (55 Carmona, 20).
Subs: 2 De Sciglio, 19 Taiwo, 23 Ambrosini, 25 Bonera, 50 Narduzzo, 58 Iotti, 70 Robinho, 76 Yepes.
Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.

Referee: Carmine Russo.

TIM Trophy, Inter v AC Milan line-ups

BARI – Here are the starting line-ups for Inter v AC Milan, the final mini-match of the TIM Trophy being played at Bari’s Stadio San Nicola.

Inter: 27 Belec, 4 Zanetti, 6 Silvestre, 7 Coutinho, 8 Palacio, 14 Guarin, 19 Cambiasso, 22 Milito, 26 Chivu, 33 Mbaye, 55 Nagatomo.
Subs: 12 Castellazzi, 23 Ranocchia, 24 Benassi, 28 Pasa, 42 Jonathan, 44 Bianchetti, 45 Forte, 46 Del Piero, 81 Longo.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

AC Milan: 1 Amelia, 77 Antonini, 13 Acerbi, 15 Mesbah, 62 Albertazzi, 12 Traorè, 54 Cristante, 57 Valoti, 92 El Sharaawy, 56 Ganz, 27 Boateng.
Subs: 2 De Sciglio, 19 Taiwo, 23 Ambrosini, 25 Bonera, 28 Emanuelson, 50 Narduzzo, 55 Carmona, 58 Iotti, 60 Pazzagli, 61 Prosenik, 70 Robinho, 76 Yepes.
Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.

Stramaccioni: "A good test against Juventus"

BARI – Andrea Stramaccioni spoke to Mediaset after watching his players beat Juventus 1-0 in this evening’s TIM Trophy opener: "As a team Juventus are perhaps more used to playing together but after the first 10 minutes, in which we struggled, we found our feet and started to look dangerous."

The Nerazzurri coach was asked to explain the tactical adjustments he made during the game: "Switching from four to three at the back? We started off with four, but we were struggling on Lichtsteiner’s side so Zanetti gave me a hand. You can do the maths…"

Finally, Stramaccioni looked ahead to his team’s first competitive fixtures, with a Europa League qualifier awaiting Inter on 2 and 9 August: "Unlike Juventus and AC Milan we have to make sure we’re ready before the season begins. That’s why we’re working so hard and I can say that this match against Juventus was a good test."

TIM Trophy: Inter 1-0 Juventus, Coutinho pounces

BARI – The Stadio San Nicola in Bari was packed to the rafters for the 2012 TIM Trophy, the traditional pre-season tournament now in its 12th edition. Inter and Juventus faced off in the first of three mini-matches, in playing conditions that were far from ideal: 30°C heat and a cut-up playing surface even before the first ball was kicked by the Nerazzurri.

Juventus started off on the front foot and the Nerazzurri seemed to be in difficulty in the opening spell.
Juventus had an early chance when Lichtsteiner headed the ball into
the path of Quagliarella but the striker hesitated a split second
too long, allowing Jonathan and Handanovic to mop up.

Inter took the lead after 12 minutes.
Mbaye picked out Milito and the Argentine chipped the ball over
Lucio, an awkward bounce taking the former Nerazzurri defender out of the
equation as Coutinho latched onto it and fired clinically past Storari at the
near post.

A minute later and there was another chance for Inter: Jonathan drove a low ball across the box from the right and Milito was just inches away from turning in at the far post.

De Ceglie shot
wide from the edge of the box in the 16th minute before
Marrone had a long-range effort saved by Handanovic on 24 minutes. The big Slovenian did even better shortly after that to deny Quagliarella close up. The striker tried to make amends in the 32nd minute
but after being put through by Vidal he could only shoot the wrong side of the

Juve continued to press for an equaliser and again went close
when Matri got free of Mbaye and played in a dangerous ball that cut all the way
through the box before Jonathan cleared.

Stramaccioni shook things
up by bringing on Nagatomo for Coutinho and then Longo and Silvestre
for Palacio and Mbaye respectively.

On 42 minutes De Ceglie’s centre
found Asamoah, whose flying header fizzed a whisker wide.

After a
minute’s added time, the first match of the TIM Trophy finished 1-0
to Inter, Coutinho’s 12th-minute strike proving to be the winner.


Inter 1-0 Juventus
Scorer: Coutinho 12.

Inter: 1 Handanovic, 4 Zanetti, 7 Coutinho (55
Nagatomo, 34), 8 Palacio (81 Longo, 39), 14 Guarin, 19 Cambiasso, 22 Milito,
23 Ranocchia, 26 Chivu, 33 Mbaye (6 Silvestre, 39), 42 Jonathan.
Subs: 12 Castellazzi, 6 Silvestre, 24 Benassi, 28 Pasa, 44 Bianchetti, 45 Forte, 46 Del Piero.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Juventus: 30 Storari, 2 Lucio, 4 Caceres, 5 Masi, 11 De
Ceglie, 22 Asamoah, 23 Vidal, 26 Lichtsteiner, 27 Quagliarella, 32
Matri, 39 Marrone.
Subs: 12 Leali, 31 Branescu, 3 Ziegler, 6
Pazienza, 7 Pepe, 9 Vucinic, 14 Untersee, 15 Bouy, 18 Boakye, 19
Schiavone, 20 Padoin, 24 Rugani, 25 Appelt.
Coach: Antonio Conte.