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Italian Cup: Best And Worst of Zlatan Ibrahimovic as AC Milan Lose to Inter Milan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a goal and was sent off as AC Milan lost 2-1 to Inter Milan in the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup.

The best and worst of Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on show Tuesday as he scored and later was sent off in AC Milan’s 2-1 loss at city rival Inter Milan in the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup.

Ibrahimovi clashed with former teammate Romelu Lukaku at the end of the first half, and he was ejected for a second booking in the 58th minute.

Lukaku converted a penalty for the equalizer and Christian Eriksen scored the winner deep in stoppage time.

Inter will play Juventus or Spal in the semifinals. They meet on Wednesday.

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The two Milan clubs are also fighting it out in the league, with the Rossoneri leading second-place Inter by two points.

Milan started the brighter and almost immediately went in front when Rafael Leo fired just past the left post.

It did take the lead in the 31st minute when Ibrahimovi controlled the ball on the edge of the area before placing an angled drive between the legs of Inter defender Aleksandar Kolarov. It went in off the base of the far post.

There was a huge argument between Ibrahimovi and Lukaku on the stroke of halftime and both were booked. The spat between the former Manchester United teammates continued after the halftime whistle and a visibly furious Lukaku had to be pulled back.

That was to prove costly for Ibrahimovi as he was shown a second yellow card after the break for a tackle on Kolarov and sent off, leaving his side down to 10 men.

And Inter was level 13 minutes later. Leo brought down Nicol Barella and, after viewing the incident again on the pitchside monitor, the referee pointed to the spot. Lukaku slammed the penalty into the top left corner.

The match had a lengthy delay as referee Paolo Valeri received treatment for a thigh injury and was eventually replaced by the fourth official.

Milan goalkeeper Ciprian Ttruanu pulled off a number of saves but it wasn’t enough. Just as the match appeared to be heading into extra time, Eriksen curled a free kick into the top left corner in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

first published:January 27, 2021, 03:42 IST
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