- Tensions flared at the end of the first half of the Coppa Italia quarterfinal tie as Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic butting heads
- The two, who were formerly teammates at Man United went on to trade insults, with Antonio Conte holding Lukaku back to avoid a further escalation of the spat
- Both players emerged in the second half with the situation appearing to have been calmed, only for Zlatan to see a red card 13 minutes later for tripping Aleksandar Kolarov
The historical Milan derby lived up to its billing on Tuesday night, January 26, with Romelu Lukaku clashing with former Man United teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Both strikers found the back of the net for either side during the Coppa Italia encounter won 2-1 by Inter Milan.
Ibrahimovic handed Milan the lead in the first half before he was sent off just before the hour mark.
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Lukaku drew Inter level later on in the second half from the penalty spot, with Christian Eriksen striking the winner in the closing stages of the tie.
However, it was a spat involving Lukaku and Ibra that stole the headlines, with the pair colliding on the stroke of half-time.
According to Metro, it took the intervention of teammates to separate the two who were squaring it off in the middle of the pitch.
It is understood the two players had earlier traded insults, with Ibra telling Lukaku: "Go do your vodoo, you little donkey."
In his response, Lukaku said: "He wants to talk about mothers? Son of a ****."
During the altercation, Inter boss Antonio Conte and the club's staff had to hold back Lukaku to ensure he does not escalate the spat further.
It was, however, the second incident that earned Zlatan marching orders as he was already on a yellow card with his Belgian opponent getting booked.
The Swedish tripped Aleksandar Kolarov in the 58th minute of the quarter final tie, leaving the centre referee with no option but to send off the legendary forward.
Both sides will now shift focus to their weekend Serie A fixtures as they continue their title charge.
Milan will take on Bologna on Saturday, January 30, with Inter battling Benevento at home.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals in AC Milan's 2-0 win over Cagliari in a Serie A fixture played on Monday, January 18, 2020.
The 39-year-old helped his side go three points clear ahead of city rivals Inter Milan at the top of the league standings.
The Swedish striker has now scored in his 20th consecutive season in his professional career and took his tally in Serie A to 12 goals, three behind leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.