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:
Lukaku and Ibrahimovic are choosing to cuss other out in English so you know it's real... pic.twitter.com/XwNTWUgHOE— Carl Anka (@Ankaman616) January 26, 2021
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.
Nah😂— ⚡️ (@_CFCThiago) January 26, 2021
Zlatan just called Lukaku a donkey and Lukaku responded with, “let’s go inside and fight you bitch”😂😂😂😂
Lukaku struck that penalty by imagining Ibra’s head as the ball 🤣— K.C.⚜️ (@KCTellem_) January 26, 2021
Lukaku hit that penalty as though he was finally allowed to kick out at Ibra.— Anton Toloui (@SkyAnton) January 26, 2021
This Milan Derby has had a Lukaku vs Ibrahimovic fight, both of them scoring and now the referee is injured 😭— TC. (@totalcristiano) January 26, 2021
Tuesday's Royal Rumble Fight— Adedoyin (@Its_Adedoyin) January 26, 2021
Romelu Lukaku vs Zlatan Ibrahimovic
What I wouldn't give to hear the words being spoken in this heated exchange between Lukaku and Ibrahimovic.— Henry Nzekwe (@Henry_Kingg) January 26, 2021
Lukaku seems pretty hurt by whatever Ibra said and just wants to go full UFC on him
Would actually love to see a Lukaku and Ibrahimovic fight. A martial arts bore vs brute strength and fury, big 1990s UFC vibes.— Ciaran (@LoyIeToMyCapo) January 26, 2021
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