It was a glorious Sunday night in the San Siro for AC Milan as they crushed Inter Milan in the Derby della Madonnina with the result of 3-0 after an encouraging team performance, but who won the Man Of The Match award?
Gianluigi Donnarumma: 7
He's the youngest player ever to play in the Derby della Madonnina and he definitely did a great job at protecting the goal. The nerazzurri played aggressively forcing Milan's center backs to lose the ball in dangerous situations but Gigio answered with a couple of great saves (that save on Mauro Icardi's shot was incredible) and showed a lot of confidence despite his young age.
Ignazio Abate: 6
He didn't play well in his last appearances, but he made a good impression against the nerazzurri. He had to cover Inter's new signing Eder and he did it decently, but he could still play better than that. Not a great game, but still a solid performance by Ignazio.
His header over Davide Santon was very similar to Hateley's goal (a great header over Inter's defender Fulvio Collovati) in the '80s reminding any longtime milanista of the "good" old days.
Milan's choreography pre-match celebrates Hateley's towering header in 1984.— bet365 (@bet365) January 31, 2016
32 years on, Alex climbs to head home. pic.twitter.com/53KwmdV7SG
Alex surely deserve a good grade for this goal, but he still made the mistake that could have let the nerazzurri score the equalizer in the second half. Luckily, Icardi hit the post and a few minutes later the rossoneri sealed the win with their second goal.
Alessio Romagnoli: 6.5
Another solid performance by the 20-year-old center back. Roberto Mancini decided to send on the field a quick offensive trio in order to cause problems to Milan's defenders, but they responded by playing a good game. Unexpectedly, Romagnoli wasn't perfect when he had to play the ball and made some bad mistake, but he still kept his focus on the game and defended well.
Luca Antonelli: 6
Decent performance by the 28-year-old left back who had not a lot to do since the nerazzurri played a few times on his side.
Giacomo Bonaventura: 6.5
Jack deserves this additional half grade since his determination led to Milan's third goal. He was the only rossonero on the field that was able to dribble an opponent, but he couldn't create any good chance for himself or other players yesterday night.
Riccardo Montolivo: 6.5
The captain had some rough moments before the game when he had to plant a little tree together with Juan Jesus, but then he showed why he's the best in the league at recovering the ball. If he was brave enough to try some long distance shot he'd be more dangerous even in the offensive third.
Juraj Kucka: 8.5 - MAN OF THE MATCH
Who would have bet on Kucka as Man Of The Match before the kick-off? The Slovakian midfielder ran up and down the pitch throughout all the 90 minutes as if he had four lungs instead of only two and did a great job both defensively and offensively. His performance can't be considered a perfect one because he lacked in accuracy many times missing easy passes that could have led to goal scoring chances, but that's what happens when you run a lot.
Keisuke Honda: 8
He undoubtedly won the battle against Juan Jesus on the right and could even give Alex a great ball for his header.
He did a good job even in the defensive phase when he had to help Abate or the other midfielders so he surely deserve a good grade for that.
M'baye Niang: 7.5
He had a quiet night for more than a half, but then he exploded giving a sweet ball behind Inter's defensive line for Carlos Bacca and putting the ball into the net after Samir Handanovic wonderful save on his first try. Milanisti know that the 21-year-old forward can do almost everything on the pitch, but it's clear that he still needs to show some consistency -- and maybe stop dribbling EVERYONE he finds on his way -- and keep playing like in the Derby della Madonnina.
Carlos Bacca: 7
He's more accurate than a machine when he has the opportunity to put the ball into the net and he showed it once more last night. He scored with a not-so-beautiful but still efficient estirada on Niang's great long pass behind the defensive line and sealed Milan's victory when Inter looked to be back in the game.
Mario Balotelli: 5.5
He's still far from being totally fit as it's proved by his laziness on the pitch, but it's still a good thing he's back. He showed both sides of his controversial character when he was booked for a useless foul on Gary Medel just a few seconds after he checked in and then almost scored with a fine volley after a good effort.
Andrea Bertolacci and Kevin-Prince Boateng: N/A
They didn't have the opportunity to make significant plays, but they'll have other chances throughout the season.
And in case you forgot how it ended:
Grandiiiiiiii #forzamilanPosted by Kevin-Prince Boateng on Sunday, January 31, 2016