MILAN (AP) — In front of the club’s new owners, Rafael Lew inspired AC Milan to a 3-2 victory over fierce rival Inter Milan in a Serie A derby on Saturday.
Leo had a hand in all three of Milan’s goals, scoring two and setting up another for Olivier Giroud.
Marcelo Brozovic gave Inter the lead in the 21st minute and Edin Dzeko pulled one back for the Nerazzurri in the 67th minute.
Milan went top of Serie A. The defending champions are one of six teams still unbeaten, as Juventus struggled to draw 1-1 with Fiorentina earlier. Two others, Lazio and Napoli, later met in Rome.
Milan announced the completion of its latest ownership change on Wednesday, when Redbird Capital Partners bought a controlling interest and a minority stake in the New York Yankees. Gary Cardinale, founder and managing partner of Redbird, was at the San Siro for the Derby della Madonnina.
In this clash of Italy’s top clubs, Inter broke the deadlock on the run of play when Lautaro Martinez played the ball back to Joaquin Correa, who immediately sent the ball free for Brozovic, who fired into the bottom right corner. .
Bose Every time former player Hakan Çalanoğlu touched the ball, boos erupted from the Milan fans, and it was to their delight that a one-way pass from him led to an equalizer seven minutes later. Sandro Tonali latched on to the ball and raced forward before standing on the sideline to blast Leo.
It was all Milan as Inter struggled to get out of their own half. Tonali played a lovely one-two with Giroud before sending an effort straight at Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, shortly before Theo Hernandez shot wide.
The Rossoneri took the lead in the 54th when Leo Giroud picked out and his swift effort went past the hapless Handanovic.
And Luo doubled his tally six minutes later with a sublime goal as he dribbled past three Inter defenders before firing into the bottom right corner from a tight angle.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi made the changes and his two substitutions had an immediate impact; Dzeko deflected Henrik Mkhitaryan’s cross from the left post.
There was plenty of frustration for Juventus as it didn’t even have a shot on target in the second half in Florence, while new signing Leandro Paredes conceded a penalty.
Fellow new signing Arkadiusz Malik gave Juventus the lead in the ninth minute with his second goal in as many games and his most unusual goal yet. Juan Cuadrado crossed from the right and Felipe Kostic fired a shot into the ground that turned into an assist for Malik, who chested it in from close range.
A Juventus corner led to Fiorentina’s equaliser, however, it sparked a counter-attack that was finished off by Christian Kwame in the 29th.
Fiorentina had a great chance to take the lead just before the half-hour when Pardes, who only joined Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, was awarded a penalty for handball.
But Matias Perrin, again standing in for the injured Wojciech Szaszny, was able to turn Luka Jovic’s penalty onto the post. It was Juventus’ fourth penalty save of the last seven awarded against them in Serie A.