The defeat suffered by AC Milan against its rival Inter Milan was more or less influenced by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s red card. The Swedish player received a red card in the aftermath of his dispute with Romelu Lukaku.
The Duel Derby Della Madoninna took place on Wednesday morning WIB (27/01). The two teams face off against each other for a place in the Coppa Italia.
AC Milan, which was seeded to win, unfortunately fell by a landslide score of 1-2. Inter successfully scored a pair of goals each through Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen. The Rossoneri were only able to reply through Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal.
But more or less, AC Milan’s defeat was influenced by the lack of players. Yes, they only appeared with 10 players after Ibrahimovic received a second yellow card in the second half.
Ibra’s first yellow card was obtained due to clashes between Lukaku and Romagnoli at the end of the first half. Unfortunately, Ibra came to provoke him, he even got into physical contact with Lukaku. As a result, the referee sent a yellow card for the two players.
What is interesting, when the first half ended, Lukaku ran to Ibra, it looked like there was a war of words between the two. Responding to this, Stefano Pioli admitted to being relaxed, because he believed that Ibra and Lukaku were both mature to solve their problems.
“They are two adults, they say something to each other, I don’t know what. It happens, we have to look forward,” Pioli said after the match.
Unfortunately for AC Milan, they had to play with only 10 men in the second half after Ibrahimovic received a second yellow card following a serious foul on Aleksandr Kolarov.
Regarding this, Stefano Pioli cannot deny that Ibra’s expulsion from the match has influenced the final result in a way. But apart from that, he is reluctant to blame the 39-year-old striker.
“Playing with 10 players, it is much more complicated, and we are naive with fouls that lead to penalties,” he said.
“The second yellow card that Ibrahimovic received was from his desire to get the ball back and help the team. He could have slowed down, but it happened,” said Pioli.