MILAN: Inter Milan beat local rival AC Milan 1-0 to move top of Serie A last night as Mario Balotelli failed to make an immediate impact against his old club on his second debut for the Rossoneri.Fredy Guarin celebrated his 100th league appearance with a stunning goal after Milan had wasted a number of chances. Balotelli, who rejoined Milan on loan from Liverpool last month, hit the post and went close with a free kick.Balotelli started his career at Inter before moving to Manchester City in 2010 and he came off the bench to deafening boos from the home fans shortly after the hour mark.
Inter is the only team still with a perfect record after Sassuolo, Palermo and Torino all dropped their first points of the season.Four of the earlier matches ended with the same 2-2 scoreline. Sassuolo drew at home to Atalanta, in a match that also saw two saved penalties and two red cards, while Torino drew at Hellas Verona.
Newly promoted Carpi picked up its first ever Serie A point at Palermo, while Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri’s return to Empoli also ended in a stalemate.Elsewhere, Alessandro Matri had a dream Lazio debut, scoring a second-half brace to beat Udinese 2-0.Sampdoria’s home match against Bologna was postponed due to bad weather and will be played on Monday.It was Inter who went closest in first-half stoppages, when Mauro Icardi sprung the offside trap to run through clear on goal but Diego Lopez pulled off a great save with his legs.
Lopez rescued his side again 10 minutes after the break, finger-tipping Guarin’s header over his crossbar.However, he could do nothing three minutes later when Guarin hit a screamer into the far bottom corner on a counter attack.Balotelli was brought on in the 61st minute and he almost helped Milan level with his first touch as his free kick flashed across the face of goal but no one could tap it in