Zapata strikes late as Milan salvage derby draw

With an Asian feel AC Milan stuns Inter at the death of riveting derby

Milan began brilliantly at a filled San Siro, with tifos and smoke grenades covering the stands, but Candreva followed up his goal in the 2-2 derby draw in November with a well-taken opener in the 36th minute.

After the allotted five additional minutes signalled by the fourth official had passed, Zapata turned home via the underside of the bar when Carlos Bacca flicked on Suso's corner.

The game at San Siro will take place less than 48 hours after Italian former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi finalised his sale of AC Milan to a Chinese-led consortium on Thursday for 740 million euros ($788 million).

But, AC Milan are 10 points off of third place, which would guarantee a Champions League spot so there may be little more than pride to play for on Saturday in the early Serie A kick off. Yonghong Li had claimed beforehand that Milan's new owners, just like the Suning Group, are primarily focused taking small steps on the road to recovery.

And in a huge worldwide media boost for Milan's clubs, a city derby with ramifications for their Europa League hopes comes two days after Milan's long-time owner Silvio Berlusconi sold the seven-time European champions. "A win would have been better today but a draw which arrived in this way and for how the team played is a good start".

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The Rossoneri supporters also displayed another banner at the start of the first half, with the words: "We hope to see seriousness, commitment and presence". But we never gave up and in the end we managed to equalise.

Milan attacked from the start and nearly took the lead in the second minute but Carlos Bacca fired over from close range after Samir Handanovic denied Gerard Deulofeu and a series of shots was charged down. Gagliardini's straightforward long ball from midway let Candreva to run in behind Mattia De Sciglio and loop a smart finish over Gianluigi Donnarumma and to the bottom-left corner.

Crespo has fond memories of the Milan derby as he did not find there was as much anger between the two sets of supporters in comparison to the world game's other big rivalries. Mauro Icardi, who was involved in 28 Inter goals prior to this game, has now been involved in 29 inter goals, adding his 21st goal of the season to add to his eight assists.

Icardi doubled the lead before half-time with his first goal against Milan and the Nerazzurri had looked in firm control until a remarkable finale.

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