Victor Moses came off the bench to set up Romelu Lukaku for Inter Milan’s 4th goal as the Nerazzurri completed a stirring second-half comeback to shoot to the top of Serie A with a 4-2 defeat of bitter city rivals AC Milan in the Milan Derby.
With erstwhile leaders Juventus having faltered in the race for the Scudetto with defeat at Verona on Saturday, Antonio Conte’s men knew victory in the Milan derby will see them overtake Juventus at the top on goals difference.
But it seemed Inter players didn’t get the memo as AC Milan took as 2-0 lead into the interval through Ante Rebic on 40 minutes and former Inter player Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the stroke of halftime.
Inter rallied after the break and eventually got the breakthrough their superiority deserved as Marcelo Brozovic’s exquisite 51st-minute volley from the edge of the area flew into the net.
Inter were level two minutes later as Matias Vecino took advantage of Milan’s poor defending to score with Gianluigi Donnarumma nowhere to be found.
Milan were under the cosh and Inter were relentless and they completed their comeback when Stefan De Vrij took advantage of more lax defending to turn in Antonio Candreva’s corner in the 70th minute.
With Milan pouring forward in search of an equaliser, Conte introduced Moses for Candreva in the 80th minute and it proved to be an inspired substitution as the Nigerian provided the cross for Lukaku to nod home Inter’s fourth in added time to put game firmly out of reach of their city rivals.
Inter who started the day in third leapfrogged Lazio and head the table on goal difference from champions Juventus with both teams level on 54 points.