Sergiño Dest‘s short appearance for AC Milan was too little, too late to have any benefit, after they were easily blown away by city rivals Inter Milan in the Supercopa Italiana on Wednesday night.
AC Milan 0 – 3 Inter Milan
Following a pair of longer, and largely positive outings for the USMNT defender, Rossoneri head coach Stefano Pioli returned to both of his usual outside defenders for Wednesday’s Supercoppa, with team captain Davide Calabria on the right and France international Theo Hernández on the left.
In the end, an overall flat performance by the full AC Milan starting XI put them into an early hole, with Inter easily cruising to the shut-out win.
While Milan held the lion’s share of possession and did force opposing keeper Andre Onana into three saves, Inter were simply more clinical and their victory was clear after the first few minutes.
They took the lead in the tenth minute, after Nicolo Barella blew past Hernández on the right and hit a low cross towards Federico Dimarco before the Frenchman could recover. Dimarco was wide open, and blasted his shot uncontested past keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu for the opener.
Edin Dzeko added their second score 11 minutes later, storming in on the left and making a fool out of Sandro Tonali before targeting the far side of Tatarusanu’s goal for the 2-0.
Hernández was shown a yellow just past the 76-minute mark for a harsh tackle on Joaquin Correa. On the ensuing free kick, Skriniar launched a deep ball over the sleeping defense, that Lautaro Martinez pulled down and side-footed into the net for the three-goal lead.
Dest entered the game two minutes later, and during his limited time had 19 touches while completing nine of 11 passes, committing one foul, making one recovery and losing all three of his duels against opposing players.
In the end, despite their better attempts to save face with even a consolation goal, the final whistle blew to confirm the easy win for the Nerazzurri.
Dest and his teammates fly back to Italy, where they will have a short break before visiting Lazio on Tuesday in Serie A action