Christian Eriksen scored a last-gasp winner as Inter Milan superior to the Italian Cup semi-finals on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over 10-man AC Milan in a fiery derby conflict.
The quarter-final on the San Siro was overshadowed by a row between star strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku, who each scored on the evening, with the Swede later despatched off within the second half.
Tensions had been excessive with Lukaku lacking the prospect to place Inter forward on 20 minutes as Milan goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu, standing in for the suspended Gianluigi Donnarumma, saved along with his foot.
And it was Ibrahimovic who grabbed the opener on the half-hour after connecting with Soualiho Meite’s headed cross, firing in low from the correct with the ball bouncing in off the far submit.
Former Manchester United teammates Ibrahimovic and Lukaku then clashed angrily earlier than the half-time whistle.
Ibrahimovic taunted Lukaku and infuriated the Belgian by laughing in his face with the pair going head-to-head.
The duo traded insults as they headed in direction of the tunnel with a livid Lukaku being restrained by his teammates.
Each gamers had been booked over the incident.
Ibrahimovic received his marching orders when he picked up a second yellow card quarter-hour after the break for bringing down Aleksandar Kolarov.
“The reserving for the dispute with Lukaku definitely influenced Ibrahimovic’s dismissal,” stated Milan coach Stefano Pioli.
“He apologised like the good champion he’s. However it wasn’t simple with a person much less.
“I did not hear what they stated however they’re sufficiently old to deal with themselves. Now we have to look forward.”
Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte stated he was completely happy to see Lukaku’s response.
“I used to be happy to see Romelu like this,” stated Conte.
“Ibra has the wickedness of a winner. I believe that Romelu, additionally from this perspective, is rising.
“For us he is vital, and if he will get indignant once in a while I am happy.”
Italy’s high two groups within the league this season had been trying to bounce again after a disappointing weekend of Serie A motion.
Leaders AC Milan misplaced to Atalanta, as Inter missed the prospect to maneuver equal on factors with the leaders after a goalless draw at Udinese.
Ibrahimovic scored a brace the final time they met in a 2-1 league win in October, with Lukaku additionally netting for Inter.
Rafael Leao’s foul on Nicolo Barella gave Inter a penalty after 71 minutes with Lukaku stepping as much as fireplace in by way of the underside of the crossbar.
Eriksen got here off the bench with two minutes to go and the out-of-favour Danish midfielder scored the winner deep into stoppage time with a sensational free-kick after a change in referee due to damage.
Inter undergo to satisfy both Juventus or Serie B facet SPAL within the two-legged semi-final on February 3 and 10.