Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Milan the half-time lead in the Coppa Italia quarter-final derby with Inter, but the half ended with a huge row between Ibra and Romelu Lukaku.
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The winners of this clash will go on to face Juventus or SPAL in the semi-finals. These rivals are also battling for the Scudetto, as the Rossoneri were crowned Winter Champions despite a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta on Saturday, sitting two points clear of the Nerazzurri.
While Danilo D’Ambrosio was the only absentee for Inter, Milan missed Mario Mandzukic, Sandro Tonali, Pierre Kalulu, Matteo Gabbia, Ismael Bennacer and suspended Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Rafael Leao drilled inches wide in the opening couple of minutes, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s header was beyond both Brahim Diaz and the far post.
Simon Kjaer was booked for a late tackle on Alexis Sanchez and went down injured soon after, making way for Milan debutant Fikayo Tomori.
Romelu Lukaku gathered a Matteo Darmian through ball and turned Alessio Romagnoli, forcing a reaction save with Ciprian Tatarusanu’s foot.
However, Milan broke the deadlock when Ibrahimovic controlled on the edge of the box, took an extra touch and drilled the angled drive through Aleksandar Kolarov’s legs to bounce in off the inside of the far post.
Alexis Sanchez thought he’d equalised on 37 minutes with a header on Ivan Perisic’s cross, but it was cleared off the line first by Theo Hernandez, then Tomori.
Marcelo Brozovic’s fantastic volley from the edge of the box flew just past the far post, but the half-time whistle was overshadowed by a massive row between Lukaku and Ibrahimovic. The former Manchester United teammates had to be kept apart, with Lukaku absolutely furious, physically restrained by his teammates. The row had originally been sparked between Lukaku and Romagnoli, then others began to join in. Both forwards were booked.
Inter 0-1 Milan (Half-Time)
Ibrahimovic 31 (M)
Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Kolarov; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Vidal, Perisic; Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez
Milan: Tatarusanu; Dalot, Kjaer (Tomori 19), Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez; Kessie, Meite; Saelemaekers, Brahim Diaz, Leao; Ibrahimovic
Who else but Zlatan?
Milan’s 39-year-old talisman finds the bottom corner out of nowhere to give his side to lead in the Coppa Italia vs. Inter! pic.twitter.com/kXgZ758oXV
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