Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku clash in Milan derby

Zlatan Ibrahimovic clashed with former Manchester United team-mate Romelu Lukaku throughout a heated Milan derby in the Italian Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.

AC Milan’s Ibrahimovic and Inter’s Lukaku had been each booked following a spat on the finish of the primary half, which continued into the tunnel throughout the interval.

The pair may very well be seen – and heard on tv because of the San Siro being empty – exchanging insults as Lukaku needed to be restrained by his team-mates as he tried to confront the Swedish ahead.

Ibrahimovic, who had given Milan a first-half lead, was despatched off after selecting up a second yellow card after the break, whereas Lukaku levelled with a penalty earlier than Christian Eriksen struck a stoppage-time winner for Inter to ship them by with a 2-1 win.

Ibrahimovic was despatched off throughout the second half after selecting up a second yellow card

Ibrahimovic and Lukaku spent the 2017-18 season as team-mates at Old Trafford, with the Belgian having beforehand mentioned he was capable of be taught from his fellow striker throughout that interval.

However, there seemed to be an absence of goodwill between the pair as what began as an change of phrases led to the pair going face to face.

The Coppa Italia clash got here with the edges additionally combating on the high of the Serie A desk, with AC Milan two factors away from second-placed Inter on the midway stage of the season.

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The different three quarter-final ties are to observe on Wednesday and Thursday, with fellow Serie A title contenders Juventus, Napoli, Atalanta and Lazio all nonetheless in the competitors.

Lukaku vs Ibra: A clash between kings

Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have mentioned just a few issues down the years

Lukaku and Ibrahimovic’s encounter on the San Siro was the most recent chapter in their working saga which started when the 2 had been team-mates at Old Trafford.

Lukaku mentioned in an interview with Tiki Taka forward of their first encounter in Serie A: “Ibra is a champion, I respect him. In Manchester I could train every day with him, that was the most beautiful thing for me. It will be nice to play against him. He is a great champion and professional.

“For me it is not regular that he can do these issues at his age. He works so much; he all the time gave me recommendation after we performed collectively in Manchester.”

But in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport in 2019, the 39-year-old Swede was removed from complimentary when discussing Lukaku’s approach and mentioned he made a wager with the ahead whereas the pair had been collectively at United – which was turned down.

“I will say this on Romelu: don’t expect good technique from Lukaku. His best strength is sheer power. If only he’d listened to me,” Ibrahimovic mentioned.

“At Manchester United, we made a bet: ‘I’ll give you £50 for every decent first touch you make’.

“He replied: ‘What do I win if I get all of them proper?’ I informed him nothing, he would merely turn into a greater participant. For the document, he by no means accepted the wager! Perhaps he was afraid of dropping?! Joking apart, Lukaku has this mad starvation to show himself to the world and I’m positive he’ll do nicely at Inter too.”

Back in February 2020, Lukaku scored in the final minute to complete a 4-2 win over Milan and he posted on social media a “new king” was in town, inferring he had dethroned Ibrahimovic in the Italian city.

Ibrahimovic and Milan had previously stated the Swede’s second spell with the Rossoneri marked the “return of the king”.

Spain: Finalists Real Sociedad knocked out

Borja Iglesias' double put Real Betis into the quarter-finals

Real Betis knocked final 12 months’s Copa del Rey finalists Real Sociedad out with a 3-1 win thanks to 2 extra-time targets from Borja Iglesias in their last-16 clash on Tuesday after each side had a person despatched off.

Betis striker Iglesias scored in both half throughout the additional interval to ship the house facet into the quarter-finals, after Sergio Canales’ 79th-minute equaliser cancelled out Sociedad ahead Mikel Oyarzabal’s early opener.

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Sociedad had midfielder Asier Illarramendi despatched off early in the second half in solely his second match since getting back from a 17-month harm layoff, whereas Betis ahead Antonio Sanabria was additionally dismissed in the 76th minute additionally for a second reserving.

Sociedad’s Adnan Januzaj regarded to have scored a late aim in further time which might have arrange an attention-grabbing finale however the effort was dominated out for offside after a VAR evaluation.

The Basque facet might nonetheless elevate the Copa del Rey, nevertheless, as they play final 12 months’s rescheduled last towards Athletic Bilbao in April after the match was postponed because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Elsewhere, Villarreal beat second division Girona 1-0, whereas Levante received 4-2 at Real Valladolid to additionally advance.

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