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Milan's Cristián Zapata pounces late for dramatic derby draw with Inter

As hosts, the pressure is all on Stefano Pioli's Inter side after two successive defeats ended their dwindling hopes of Champions League qualification, and showed that outside investment doesn't always guarantee automatic success. They demolished Cagliari 5-1 and unexpectedly smashed Atalanta 7-1, but in the last two rounds Nerazzurri recorded two consecutive losses - Sampdoria 1-2 and Crotone 1-2. "It's important to learn from hard lessons like these and make sure it doesn't happen again". "Now it's in the past and we can determine our future by showing that we're competitive".

This was was Milan's first game since their protracted takeover by Chinese investors was finally completed. He sold the club after 31 years.

Inter Milan are now seventh in Serie A, a place below AC Milan. Indeed, it is worth pointing out that, over the course of the game, they fielded eight players aged 24 or under. Let's focus on ourselves, knowing it's going to be a battle. It was improbable for us to lose the match like that.

AC Milan are a team in great form the likes of Carlos Bacca, Suso, and Gerard Deulofeu are having huge impacts on the pitch.

"Unlike other classic derbies such as Roma v Lazio, River v Boca, Argentina v Brazil, where the final score affects your private life, the outcome of a Milan derby won't affect your life the next day", he said.

"In the dressing room we had made a decision to push after the restart to finish the game, but we weren't able to make it 3-0".

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Whether it heralds a fearless new dawn for fallen giants Inter Milan and AC Milan, or yet more seasons of transition and uncertainty, remains to be seen.

The Red and Blacks continued to create chances and were unlucky to find themselves two goals behind just one minute before half-time.

Inter Milan faces AC Milan in the Milan Derby on Saturday.

Inter have conceded 11 goals in their last six league fixtures, after shipping only three in the previous 10.

Inter have invested heavily in the squad since last season, with Joao Mario, Gabriel Barbosa and Antonio Candreva the marquee signings of a reported EUR154million splurge, while Milan have largely focused on developing young players who have emerged through the ranks.

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