Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were involved in a fiery clash at the end of the first half in Tuesday’s Coppa Italia game between AC Milan and Inter.
Christian Eriksen netted late in stoppage time, after coming off the bench, to clinch a 2-1 victory for Inter. But it was the confrontation between the two strikers which hit the headlines.
AC Milan had taken the lead through Ibrahimovic, who fired home just after the half-hour mark at the San Siro.
But just before half-time tempers flared between the pair. Lukaku was upset after foul by Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli.
Ibrahimovic stepped in and squared up to Lukaku, with the pair going head to head.
Words were exchanged and both players were issued a yellow card, with Ibrahimovic later being sent off for a second booking.
Lukaku could clearly be heard by the on-pitch microphone saying: “Well let’s go inside you b*tch! Let’s go inside. Let’s go.”
Ibrahimovic responded with a comment about Lukaku’s “momma”, which infuriated the former Manchester United man.
It’s unclear exactly what Zlatan added, but Lukaku was heard saying: “He’s speaking about my mother,” as he attempted to get to the Swede.
The empty stadium allows us to hear the exchange between Ibrahimovic & Lukaku in last night’s Milan derby
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Both players continued to be restrained as the teams went down the tunnel for half-time.
But just before the hour mark Ibrahimovic was sent off for a second yellow card in an incident which did not involve Lukaku.
A challenge on Inter defender Aleksandar Kolarov saw a fired up Ibrahimovic given another booking and so he was dismissed.
Conte: ‘Good to see Lukaku focused’
Milan coach Stefano Pioli said: “The second yellow card was from his desire to track back and help the team. He could’ve slowed down, but it happens.”
“They are two grown-ups, they said something to each other, I don’t know what. It happens, we have to look forward.
“What didn’t work was that down to 10 men, it was much more complicated, and we were naive with the foul to give away the penalty.
Inter coach Antonio Conte said: “To be honest, I’ve been a player, so I know that during a game tempers can flare and situations occur when you get angry. The important thing is to keep it in the right dimension.
“It was good to see Romelu so concentrated and focused. Ibra has the determination of a winner, a warrior, and I think Romelu is growing in that aspect. I can only be happy to see him fired up.”