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Milan Edge over Inter 1-0 in Serie A Derby
    2008-09-29 16:07:17     Xinhua

Ronaldinho scored a header as AC Milan ruined Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho's first Serie A derby with a 1-0 win on Sunday.

Inter was reduced to 10 men in the 77th when defender Nicolas Burdisso picked up his second yellow card for a sliding tackle on Kaka.

After opening the season with two losses, Milan has now won three straight.

"I think we're healed. Things weren't going well but we've managed to straighten it out," Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said. Now we have to continue like this to cancel the bad start."

Milan moved to nine points with the win, one behind Inter. After five games, Lazio tops the standings with 12 points followed by Napoli with 11.

After sitting on the bench for most of Milan's opening four games, Ronaldinho got a starting nod alongside Kaka and Alexandre Pato in an all-Brazilian attack that frustrated Inter's defense for much of the game.

Kaka often drew tough challenges from Inter's defenders, which resulted in four yellow cards. Nicolas Burdisso was sent off with 15 lefts after getting a second booking.

Kaka created several good chances for Ronaldinho and Pato was dangerous as he chased down long passes often a step in front of the Inter defenders.

Kaka advanced the ball behind Inter's defense in the first half and crossed a high ball into the area that Ronaldinho rose to meet with a header that landed in the corner of the goal.

Inter started with Zlatan Ibrahimovic flanked by Amantino Mancini and Ricardo Quaresma in attack, then removed Mancini and defender Marco Materazzi in the 59th to put on two more forwards Adriano and Julio Ricardo Cruz.

In the 71st, Cruz and Ibrahimovic each missed shots wide from outside the area within a few seconds of each other. Dejan Stankovic also came on for Inter and missed a chance in the 81st.



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