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Ronaldinho scored the only goal as AC inflicted a 1-0 defeat upon Inter in the Jose Mourinho’s first Milan Derby. The result is Inter’s first defeat since the Portuguese took over from Roberto Mancini this summer.

Milan’s victory was deserved as the attacking trident of Brazilians Kaka, Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho showed guile and ingenuity to create a host of chances; whereas Inter’s bullish threat of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Adriano and Julio Cruz struggled to break down Milan.

Ronaldinho showed flashes of his previous best during the game, and his goal was one of them. Picking up the ball well inside his own half, the portly Brazilian galloped forward before spraying a 50-yard pass out to Kaka on the right. Showing surprising stamina, he continued his run and rose like a salmon to meet Kaka’s cross with a header Francesco Toldo could do nothing about.

“It's better to lose a game than to be afraid of playing football,” mused a typically magnanimous Mourinho in defeat. A mantra few would recognise from his days as Chelsea manager.

Milan, meanwhile, have turned a corner with this their third straight win following a shakey start to the season.

Kaka even found time to see the funny side of things. “Mourinho makes me laugh!” chuckled the God-fearing Brazilian.

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