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Obi shines in Milan derby

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Nigerian midfielder, Joel Obi scored for Internazionale in the Derby della Madonnina as Sunday’s confrontation with AC Milan at San Siro ended in a 1-1 draw.

Obi was handed a rare start by Inter’s new trainer, Roberto Mancini – only his fifth game this season – and he justified his inclusion with a well-taken goal after 61 minutes.

The 23-year-old showed great upper body strength to hold off ‘the Bison,’ Michael Essien before applying a cultured left-footed finish past former Real Madrid goalkeeper, Diego Lopez in goal for Milan.

AC Milan had earlier taken the lead through Jeremy Menez who reacted well to prod past Samir Handanovic in the 23rd minute, reports supersport.com.

It was his first league goal of the season. Obi had never previously scored a league goal since he turned professional in 2009.

Obi was substituted in the 72nd minute with the Interisti (Inter fans) affording him a standing ovation.

Obi will be looking to build on his happy start to life at Inter under new manager, Mancini who offered words of praise to his charges after the game.

“The derby games are always difficult. Even today it was. I’m very happy with how the team has moved, we changed a module that was used by a year and a half and could not be easier.

“I’m happy, we were all very good. I never expected to revolutionize things in five days, it is normal to have some difficulties at the beginning,” Mancini said on Sunday.

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