INTER VS. MILAN: WHY BENNACER’S GOAL WAS DISALLOWED
Milan fans are furious on social media as the Rossoneri saw an Ismael Bennacer goal disallowed for offside in the second half of the Derby della Madonnina.
Inter were 2-0 up when the Algeria international found the net with a shot from the edge of the box at minute 66. The Nerazzurri appealed for a Fikayo Tomori handball, but the England defender touched the ball with his chest.
Nevertheless, referee Maurizio Mariani was sent to the monitor for a VAR check to assess Pierre Kalulu’s position and eventually disallowed the goal for offside. There are doubts regarding the defender’s position and whether he penalised Samir Handanovic or interfered with play.
Many Milan fans are protesting on social media, saying that the position of their defender doesn’t justify Mariani’s decision. Stefano Pioli was also unhappy with the referee’s decision.
“Look at Handanovic’s reaction. He doesn’t even complain,” he told Sportmediaset.
“Tell me a goalkeeper who doesn’t react after conceding if a Milan player had damaged his view. Instead, he does nothing, they only complained about a handball that wasn’t even there. Come on! Come on…”
Inter eventually scored the third one through Robin Gosens gaining access to the Coppa Italia Final, where they will meet Juventus or Fiorentina.
Stefano Pioli feels Milan’s performance was not worthy of a 3-0 defeat to Inter and reacts bitterly to the controversial disallowed goal. ‘Samir Handanovic doesn’t even complain!’
The Rossoneri knew a score draw would be enough to qualify, as the first leg was 0-0 and tonight they were technically the ‘away’ team, with away goals still valid in this tournament.
However, Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring within four minutes and completed his brace by half-time.
Robin Gosens also got a late tap-in from the Marcelo Brozovic assist, but with the score still at 2-0, Ismael Bennacer’s goal was controversially disallowed, as the Pierre Kalulu offside position was considered to be interfering with play.