MILAN OFFICIALLY opened the pre-season games with an unimportant tournament: the Trofeo TIM. After Inter beat Juventus in the first game of the evening on the disgraceful pitch of the San Nicola stadium in Bari (45-minute games), Milan took on Juventus. Milan started well but the game got more balanced afterwards with an advantage for Juve. The Old Lady won a penalty after Bakaye Traoré’s tackle; Mirko Vucinic converted (31′). That was also the score at the end as Milan were unconvincing.

Juventus: Storari (Leali 25′); Masi, Lucio, Caceres (Lichtsteiner 45′); Pepe (Untersee 38′), Padoin, Vidal (Pazienza 25′), Asamoah, Ziegler; Boakye, Vucinic (Matri 43′).
Milan: Amelia; De Sciglio, Bonera, Yepes, Taiwo; Traorè, Ambrosini, Urby; Boateng; Robinho, El Shaarawy.

After losing to Juventus, Milan played town-rivals Inter. Coach Massimiliano Allegri did a lot of changes in the line-up and gave many youngsters playing time. Milan looked better than in the game against Juve, and Stephan El Shaarawy even scored a very nice goal 16 minutes into the game. However, Fredy Guarin brought Inter to the game with a great header (25′) and Rodrigo Palacio completed Inter’s comeback (34′); Francesco Acerbi is partly to blame for both goals. Traoré again did not impress. Milan lost the second game as well and Inter won the 2012 edition of the Trofeo TIM – the 8th time they win it.

Inter: Belec; Mbaye (Jonathan 20), Silvestre, Chivu, Nagatomo (Bianchetti 38); Zanetti, Guarin, Cambiasso; Palacio (Pasa 43), Coutinho (Benassi 43); Milito (Longo 28).
: Amelia (Pazzagli 22); Antonini, Acerbi, Albertazzi (Iotti 43′), Mesbah; Traorè (Prosenik 40′), Cristante, Valoti; Boateng (Carmona 23); El Shaarawy (Emanuelson 32),

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