Twitter reacts as Ibrahimovic and Lukaku clash in Milan Derby
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Inter attacker Romelu Lukaku clashed during the Milan Derby in the Italian Cup quarter-final on Tuesday, as the latter defeated their inter-city rivals 2-1, courtesy of a last-minute free-kick by Christian Eriksen.
Ibrahimovic had broken the deadlock a minute after the half-hour mark before he went head to head with his former Manchester United teammate Romelu Lukaku. The two exchanged heated words at the end of the first half and had to be taken away by their respective teammates. Both the players received caution and it was Inter who had the last laugh as Ibrahimovic was sent off in the second half after picking a second yellow following a challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov.
What did Lukaku say to Ibrahimovic?
With the game being played behind closed doors, the exchange of words was quite clearly heard. Here's what happened:
Milan, despite being a man down, were leading until Inter were awarded a penalty with 20 minutes to go. Lukaku stepped on to bring his team on level terms with an absolute belter of a penalty. Eriksen, eventually, got the winner with a wonderfully curved free-kick in the added minutes.
Milan manager, Stefano Pioli, said after the game that Ibrahimovic eventually apologised for his action.
"He [Ibrahimovic] apologised like the great champion he is," Pioli said. "He got a bit caught up in the desire to help the team. It wasn't easy to stay in the game a man down. The pressure from Inter was strong."
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Miguel Medina