From scoring to entering a spat with a former teammate after which being despatched off, the Swedish famous person did all of it in AC Milan’s dramatic Coppa Italia defeat to cross-city opponents Inter Milan.
Ibrahimović’s first-half strike put the Italian league leaders in entrance, additional proceeding his superb shape in opposition to Inter, his 8th function in seven appearances in opposition to the Nerazzurri, who the Swede performed for between 2006 and 2009.
On the other hand, the 39-year-old’s turbulent night was once best simply starting.
As the 2 aspects have been fending off the sector for the halftime spoil and with tensions emerging, Ibrahimović and his former Manchester United teammate Lukaku got here head-to-head as tempers flared.
They have been observed on TV cameras — and heard, because of an empty San Siro — exchanging insults in English as Lukaku needed to be restrained via his teammates because the Belgian global attempted to confront the Swede for a 2d time.
Each avid gamers, who have been teammates in 2017 in Manchester, have been booked for his or her involvement within the spat, one thing which got here again to hang-out Ibrahimović.
“Derbies are like this, it was once a heartfelt fit,” Conte informed Rai Recreation.
“I have never spoken with Romelu but, however I used to be a participant so I do know that right through a fit issues can get heated. Eventualities can flare up however it is only proper that issues then settle.
“I preferred seeing Romelu so targeted, he’s rising on the subject of his persona. He performs crucial function for us and if every so often he will get indignant, then we will be able to best achieve from it.”
13 mins after the half-time spoil, Ibrahimović was once proven his 2d yellow card — and a price ticket to an early bathe — for a nasty on former Manchester Town defender Aleksandar Kolarov.
And with a person merit, Inter capitalized in opposition to their long-time opponents.
Lukaku actually was once the person to carry the groups stage, changing from the penalty spot after a nasty from Rafael Leao on Nicolo Barella was once sooner or later given via referee Paolo Valeri after consulting the pitch facet observe.
Now within the ascendency, Inter persevered to pile at the drive, however discovered stand-in Milan goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu an immovable object.
That was once till, with time beyond regulation looming, Christian Eriksen curled in a gorgeous free-kick within the demise moments of the sport to grab a dramatic victory and arrange a semifinal conflict in opposition to both Juventus or SPAL who play on Wednesday.
It was once Eriksen’s first function of the season — the Dane has began simply 4 Serie A video games to this point — with rumors circulating that he may well be on his manner out of the membership after best becoming a member of in January 2020.
“As I have stated for a month, that is our squad. With Christian, we are running arduous on making him a tactical choice to (Marcelo) Brozović<‘ stated the Inter supervisor.
“He has high quality and he is very clever from a footballing point of view. He is a part of the challenge and I’m happy that he scored. I steered him to take the free-kick, he is a little shy however I’m hoping this function is helping him.
“All of us need him to do neatly as a result of he is a excellent lad, possibly too excellent. We are maintaining a detailed eye on him as he is a part of the gang. We will all stay running arduous proper till the top, happy that we are right here in combination.”