Leading 2-0 after the first leg at the San Siro and on a seven-match winning run, Inter were well-fancied to complete the job and they could well have done so in the opening 45 minutes, as Edin Dzeko forced Mike Maignan into a brilliant save before the break. Milan had one big early chance themselves, Brahim Diaz wasting his opportunity when completely free in the box, but they were incredibly poor on the whole and even at two-goals down on aggregate the task felt beyond them.
That was confirmed with 15 minutes remaining, when Romelu Lukaku found space to slide Martinez in and the Argentinian lashed a low strike beyond Maignan, ending any hope the Rossoneri had of a late charge and ensuring Inter’s focus could turn to the final in Istanbul on June 10 as they eased to a 3-0 aggregate win. It will be their first Champions League final appearance since lifting the trophy in 2010.
Inter vs AC Milan latest news
GOAL! Martinez puts Inter in front in second leg
How to watch: BT Sport 1
Inter team news: Dzeko partners Martinez up front
AC Milan team news: Leao back in the side
FC Internazionale Milano 1 - 0 AC Milan
Goal that sealed it
21:57 , Matt Verri
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FT: Inter 1-0 Milan (agg 3-0)
21:52 , Matt Verri
Inter Milan have cruised into the final of the Champions League!
AC Milan offer nothing, a really tame end to their European run, and it’s their biggest rivals who can turn their focus now to Istanbul next month.
21:50 , Matt Verri
90 mins: Three minutes added on.
The officials have taken pity on Milan, could have been more than that. Inter fans cheering every pass.
21:49 , Matt Verri
89 mins: Five shots for AC Milan in this match, when they had to score twice. One in the second-half.
They continue to lob the ball into the Inter box, but they don’t even look like winning a header. Inter have been superb at the back.
21:43 , Matt Verri
84 mins: Huge ovation for Martinez as he’s replaced, incredible noise at the San Siro. Party has well and truly started.
Correa on in his place, with Barella also withdrawn. Inzaghi protecting those on a yellow card.
21:41 , Matt Verri
82 mins: Krunic into the book as he flies into a poor challenge, swiftly followed by Tomori and Martinez as they get into a shoving match.
Heads have gone a bit for Milan now, they’ve just resorted to kicking everything that moves.
21:38 , Matt Verri
78 mins: Milan could really fall apart here, Martinez almost chips Maignan. Just about gets back in time and pushes it away for a corner.
Inter fans in fine voice, this is going to be a long final 15 minutes or so for the Milan players.
21:36 , Matt Verri
76 mins: Origi is on for Milan, replacing Diaz. Just the three goals needed, Divock. Best of luck.
Ball clipped into the box, Giroud for once tonight does win the header but he flicks the header wide.
GOAL! Inter 1-0 AC Milan | Lisandro Martinez 74'
21:33 , Matt Verri
AND THAT WILL BE THAT!
Inter are through to the Champions League final. Lukaku in the box, not closed down quick enough and he finds space to slide a pass to Martinez.
Lashes it low past Maignan at his near post, job done for Inter.
21:32 , Matt Verri
72 mins: Giroud has had his shirt ripped, Leao drifting everywhere to try and get on the ball but not really working... Milan all over the place really.
They’re still just about in this though. One goal and we have a completely different 20 minutes ahead.
21:29 , Matt Verri
69 mins: That, I think, is Milan’s first shot of the match. And it might actually have been a pass.
Cross whipped in, Leao wins the header and looks like he’s trying to nod it into Messias’ path. Bounces through to Onana.
21:26 , Matt Verri
66 mins: Two changes for Inter. Gosens and Lukaku on for them, with Dimarco and Dzeko the two to make way.
He’s been in good form, has Lukaku, and you fancy he’ll get chances here as Milan push. If Milan push that is, they’re showing no interest in it at the moment.
21:23 , Matt Verri
64 mins: No, it’s Kalulu who comes on instead. Change of plan from Milan.
Leao bundles into his man, Inter win another cheap free-kick. This has been so poor from Milan.
21:21 , Matt Verri
61 mins: Messias again inside onto his left foot, again clips the cross in and again it floats away for a goal kick. Giroud not impressed, but there were four Milan players just stood still in the box.
Thiaw has now gone down, looks like he might have pulled something. Kjaer getting ready to come on.
21:17 , Matt Verri
58 mins: Leao launches himself to the ground in the box, claiming he’s been dragged down. Definitely not.
Milan continue to lob the ball into the box whenever they have possession, but they don’t even vaguely look like scoring from it. Inter have complete control.
21:15 , Matt Verri
56 mins: Well that’s been coming for about 56 minutes.
Thiaw the first man into the book, as Martinez lobs the ball over him and the Milan defender just grabs hold of him. Frustration starting to set in for the Milan players.
21:14 , Matt Verri
55 mins: It’s all gone very scrappy. Lots of fouls, no real flow to the game and that suits Inter just fine.
Milan can’t get anything going, Leao hasn’t had a touch since the break. They have to find two goals from somewhere, still no sign of them throwing caution to the wind though.
21:12 , Matt Verri
52 mins: Acerbi with a ridiculous stamp in the box off the ball, referee has somehow seen it and gives the free-kick. Very good officiating.
Interesting that VAR hasn’t even had a look, that was a mad decision from Acerbi.
21:09 , Matt Verri
50 mins: Messias gets into a decent position on the right, clips the ball in but over everyone and straight out for a goal-kick.
If this was being scored based on hopeful crosses into the box, Milan would already be booking their flights to Istanbul for the final.
21:07 , Matt Verri
48 mins: Milan don’t seem to really have a midfield. Plenty of bodies standing up front, enough at the back, and then nothing in the middle it feels like.
Not a great structure for trying to get control of the match. Inter have started the half much the better.
21:04 , Matt Verri
Up and running again at the San Siro!
20:58 , Matt Verri
More possession for Milan, but it’s Inter who have had the better moments in attack.
They’ve had seven shots, four corners and plenty of dangerous moments. Just four shots for Milan, with the only one that big early Diaz chance.
Have to throw everything at it now.
Big moment for Leao
20:53 , Matt Verri
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HT: Inter 0-0 AC Milan (2-0 agg)
20:49 , Matt Verri
And that’s half-time.
Inter still in control of this tie, Milan hanging on and they need a special 45 minutes.
Chances at both ends, with Maignan doing brilliantly on a number of occasions, while Diaz and Leao went close for Milan.
20:47 , Matt Verri
45+1 mins: Three minutes added on.
Ball bobbles around in the Milan box, very nearly falls for Dumfries but it’s just about hacked away. Not the most convincing defending you’ll ever see.
20:45 , Matt Verri
44 mins: Even the magic spray can’t heal this though. Mkhitaryan limps off, Brozovic is on in his place. Not a bad option to have off the bench.
Approaching half-time. Good news for Milan is that they’re still just about in this. Bad news is they have to find at least two goals from somewhere.
20:43 , Matt Verri
42 mins: Break in play, Mkhitaryan has gone down and on come the Inter physios.
Out comes the magic spray. Never fails, so sure he will be back up and running shortly. And he is indeed back up on his feet.
20:41 , Matt Verri
40 mins: Maignan keeps Milan in it, sensational save!
Ball whipped in from wide, Dzeko powers the header at goal and the goalkeeper somehow reacts in time to keep it out. That would have been good night for Milan.
20:38 , Matt Verri
38 mins: And out of nowhere Leao nearly scores!
He shrugs off Darmian, too strong and he’s away down the left. Skips past Acerbi, tight angle and the left-footed shot is just wide of the far post. So, so close.
20:37 , Matt Verri
36 mins: Leao is miles off the pace on his return to injury. Given it away pretty much every time he’s had the ball, which hasn’t been very often.
Diaz then gives away a needless free-kick, after Acerbi heads a dangerous cross away.
20:34 , Matt Verri
33 mins: Dumfries, of course, is fine to continue.
Really deep line from Milan, back on the six-yard box pretty much. Cross in is too deep and Maignan can claim comfortably enough.
20:32 , Matt Verri
32 mins: Milan have got to be braver in pushing up the pitch. Fairly passive from them at the moment, Leao has barely had a kick.
Dumfries down holding his head, claiming he’s been caught by a high boot from Hernandez. Inter man stooped right down though, not much Hernandez could to there. Inter get the decision.
20:30 , Matt Verri
29 mins: Barella with a lovely run and he gets the ball down the line. Tomori across, ball deflects off him and away for another corner.
Maignan off his line to punch it away, before Martinez has an effort blocked. It’s Milan’s turn to be pushed right back.
20:27 , Matt Verri
26 mins: Milan are struggling now, Inter having a really good spell. Dumfries away down the right, squared across the face of goal and turned behind for a corner.
Hernandez can only clear it away for another one, huge noise from the Inter fans.
Martinez looks to flick this one on, cleared away though. Milan have to get back to that ten-minute spell they had earlier on.
20:24 , Matt Verri
23 mins: There is a lot of space for Inter on the break, Milan taking chances.
Mkhitaryan has three shots in the space of about ten seconds, can’t get any of them on target. Two blocked, the third ballooned over the bar.
20:22 , Matt Verri
21 mins: Inter have done a decent job of getting through that Milan charge. Pace of things has just eased off a bit.
Leao has been fairly quiet, and he loses the ball as he looks to fire a pass inside. Dzeko swiftly back to win it back for Inter and now they can counter.
Martinez drives forward, shoved over and that will be a free-kick. No card for Tonali.
20:19 , Matt Verri
18 mins: Diaz looks to bundle his way into the box, brilliant challenge to halt his progress. He briefly appeals for a free-kick, but even his heart wasn’t in that.
Dimarco breaks away down the left, Messias fouls him and Inter have a chance to slow things down a bit.
20:17 , Matt Verri
16 mins: Another Milan corner coming up, Giroud getting plenty of attention in the middle.
Not far away from him, as he pulled off to the penalty spot but it’s headed out and Inter can push up the pitch. They’re just looking to see out this spell.
20:14 , Matt Verri
13 mins: And now a big save at the other end! Flag eventually up, wouldn’t have counted.
Dzeko in behind, Inter work it brilliantly and it ends with Maignan making a superb save. Really open start to this match.
20:12 , Matt Verri
11 mins: Corner for Milan, headed out by Dzeko in his own six-yard box.
Here come Milan again though, Tonali with a sensational run and he cuts it back for Diaz, has to score!
Completely free in the box, goes to place it but Onana is down in time to save. That’s a massive chance.
20:10 , Matt Verri
10 mins: Milan starting to get going now, much better from them.
Tonali gets in behind, ball stood up to the back post but it’s flicked away and Hernandez can’t quite take it down at the back post. Inter being pushed back now, struggling to get out of their half.
Deep cross to the back post, Giroud beats Onana to it and nods the header back across goal... nobody there for a tap-in.
20:07 , Matt Verri
7 mins: Leao takes far too long on the ball, Dumfries robs him and the Milan winger just drags him to the ground to stop the Inter counter.
A bit later in the match and that would have been a certain yellow card, very cynical.
20:05 , Matt Verri
5 mins: Dear me!
Hernandez tries his luck from all of 40 yards out, maybe more. Outrageous effort, it’s swerving all over the shop and just over the bar. Onana didn’t have a clue what that was doing.
20:04 , Matt Verri
3 mins: Milan looking very shaky, this isn’t the start they needed at all.
Ball knocked down for Dzeko in the box, hammered at goal and it’s a brilliant save... whistle had already gone though. Wouldn’t have counted.
20:02 , Matt Verri
2 mins: It’s Inter on the front foot in the opening minutes, pushing Milan back.
Dumfries very nearly sent away down the right by Mkhitaryan, but Hernandez gets his body across and wins a cheap free-kick.
20:00 , Matt Verri
Underway at the San Siro!
Here we go!
19:58 , Matt Verri
Teams are out, Champions League anthem has been played.
We’re pretty much ready to get up and running in Milan.
19:55 , Matt Verri
Milan have won one of their last 16 matches away from home in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
They’re down as the ‘away’ side tonight, but very familiar surroundings for them at the San Siro. Will that be enough to improve their poor record?
Almost time to find out!
Inzaghi’s pre-match thoughts
19:49 , Matt Verri
“We know it’s one of the most important games in Inter’s history.
“We have an advantage, deservedly so, but we won’t just have to manage it. We’ll have to play as Inter, knowing that we have a strong team in front of us.
“We’re 90 minutes away from a dream, which I and these wonderful guys had.”
So you’re saying there’s a chance?
19:44 , Matt Verri
Here’s a stat which won’t give AC Milan a huge amount of hope.
In the history of the Champions League, only once has a side has won the first leg of the semi-final by two or more goals and then failed to progress. That was Barcelona back in the 2018/2019 campaign.
Big, big task!
Not long now!
19:37 , Matt Verri
Kick-off coming up very shortly, just under 20 minutes.
We saw over the weekend that the AC Milan players had to walk over and be ‘addressed’ by the club’s ultras after defeat to Spezia, pressure is building on them.
Defeat here to their biggest rivals and the mood could turn very nasty.
All eyes on Leao
19:30 , Matt Verri
A lot of pressure on Rafael Leao’s shoulders tonight.
Back from injury, straight back into the starting lineup and the expectation is on for him to deliver for Milan.
Twelve goals and seven assists for the Portuguese star in Serie A so far this season, with a goal and three assists in Europe. Have to feel he needs to add to that tally tonight for his side to have any chance.
In the building!
19:24 , Matt Verri
— AC Milan (@acmilan) May 16, 2023
Long wait for both these sides
19:12 , Matt Verri
Inter looking to end their 13-year wait for a Champions League final appearance, with that coming in 2010 when they beat Bayern Munich to lift the trophy.
Milan haven’t been in the final since 2007, when they edged out Liverpool to get some form of revenge for THAT clash two years earlier.
Some atmosphere in Milan
19:04 , Matt Verri
No danger of Inter fans missing kick-off...
Just under an hour to go until the match gets underway, but there’s already plenty of supporters inside the San Siro. Not an easy night to keep a cool head!
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More to come tonight?
18:56 , Matt Verri
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18:48 , Matt Verri
As expected, Inter’s first-team stars return to the side tonight.
They are unchanged from the side that beat their rivals a week ago in the first leg, meaning Dzeko gets the nod up front to partner Martinez and Lukaku has to settle for a place on the bench.
For Milan, the big news is that Leao is back and in the starting lineup in a huge boost for their chances. Messias also starts, while Thiaw partners Tomori at the back.
Milan team news
18:38 , Matt Verri
Starting XI: Maignan, Calabria, Thiaw, Tomori, Hernandez, Krunic, Tonali, Messias, Diaz, Leao, Giroud
Subs: Mirante, Nava, Ballo, Rebic, Kalulu, Kjaer, Florenzi, Origi, Pobega, Gabbia, Saelemaekers, De Ketelaere
Inter team news
18:34 , Matt Verri
Starting XI: Onana, Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni, Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco, Martinez, Dzeko
Subs: Handanovic, Cordaz, Gagliardini, De Vrij, Gosens, Correa, Bellanova, Asllani, D’Ambrosio, Stankovic, Brozovic, Lukaku
Inzaghi insists job not done
18:29 , Matt Verri
Simone Inzaghi is refusing to let his side allow complacency to creep in ahead of tonight’s match, with the Inter boss fully aware that the job is only half-done.
“We’ll need a cool head and a warm heart,” he said in his pre-match press conference
“We need to stick together, I’m being repetitive, but I don’t see other way to do it. It’s a match where we all know how important it is, and we’ll all go for it together.
“Clearly we know we have a well-deserved advantage. But we also know that we still have 90 minutes plus stoppage time to go, and we have to get through it together.”
Man City backed to lift trophy
18:20 , Matt Verri
Safe to say AC Milan aren’t particularly well-fancied when it comes to winning this competition...
They’re the huge outsiders as a result of that two-goal deficit that must overcome, with Manchester City favourites to get past Real Madrid and go all the way in the Champions League for the first time.
To win the Champions League:
Manchester City - 4/6
Inter Milan - 3/1
Real Madrid - 4/1
AC Milan - 40/1
Inter on the charge
18:10 , Matt Verri
Inter very much the form team coming into this clash.
Seven wins on the bounce for them across all competitions, a run that has seen them reach the Coppa Italia final, take control of this semi-final tie and move up to third in Serie A, three points behind Juventus in second.
Could prove to be a very special season!
The ‘visitors' tonight...
18:02 , Matt Verri
— AC Milan (@acmilan) May 16, 2023
Piolo: Nobody thinks Milan can do it
17:53 , Matt Verri
Given their deficit, AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli has admitted the build-up has not been easy for his side, as they attempt to pull off one of the all-time great Champions League comebacks.
“It’s not easy to prepare for tomorrow,” he continued. “But we have an important goal: to win the match and to qualify for the final, which nobody would ever predict.
“Nobody still thinks that Milan can reach the final. I know we can play a great match.”
Milan with it all to do
17:43 , Matt Verri
Two goals down inside 11 minutes, not really the start AC Milan were looking for in the first leg.
They avoided any furhter damage, but they’ll have to score at least twice tonight if they’re to reach the Champions League final.
Need to come out of the blocks a bit sharper this time...
Stage is set!
17:37 , Matt Verri
— Inter (@Inter_en) May 16, 2023
Standard Sport prediction
17:26 , Matt Verri
With Inter’s position in the tie secure, they are very capable of grabbing at least another goal to avoid Milan pulling off what would be an historic Champions League comeback.
The Rossoneri’s dodgy form and defensive issues should put such a feat beyond them.
Inter to win 2-1 (4-1 on aggregate)
Milan team news
17:19 , Matt Verri
Milan coach Stefano Pioli hopes to have Rade Krunic and Junior Messias both available after knocks kept them out of the weekend defeat at Spezia.
But the most important news is the return of Rafael Leao, the Portuguese forward who starred in Milan’s quarter-final defeat of Napoli before missing the first leg against Inter Milan due to a thigh injury.
After joining training over the weekend, he is expected to step up his preparations for Tuesday’s bid to pull off a turnaround in their Champions League semi-final.
With a two-goal aggregate deficit to contend with, Pioli has revealed his plans to start with three attacking midfielders - which is in part due to Ismael Bennacer’s injury absence.
Predicted AC Milan XI: Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Kjaer, Hernandez; Krunic, Tonali; Saelemakers, Diaz, Leao; Giroud (4-2-3-1)
Inter team news
17:10 , Matt Verri
Inter rested seven first-team regulars for the win over Sassuolo - the Nerazzurri aided by their more-stable league position than Milan.
Lautaro Martinez, Andre Onana, Hakan Calhanoglu and Nicolo Barella will be among the usual suspects returning. Milan Skriniar is out injured.
Simone Inzaghi once again must pick between the in-form Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko to partner Martinez up front.
Predicted Inter XI: Onana; Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Dzeko, Martinez (3-5-2)
How to watch Inter vs AC Milan
17:04 , Matt Verri
TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised live on BT Sport 1, with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the BT Sport app and website.
Live blog: You can follow all the action right here with us!
16:58 , Matt Verri
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Inter Milan vs AC Milan!
It’s the second leg of this Champions League semi-final tie, with Inter 2-0 up after their impressive display a week ago. ‘Home advantage’ tonight for them, though that doesn’t particularly apply at the San Siro.
Manchester City or Real Madrid waiting for whoever comes out on top in the final, which takes place on June 10.
We’ll have all the latest updates, build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 8pm BST. Stay with us!