A photograph mixture of Juventus’ Portuguese ahead Cristiano Ronaldo and AC Milan’s Swedish ahead Zlatan Ibrahimovic. AFP
Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are set to go head-to-head in Thursday’s Italian Cup semi-final, first leg between Juventus and AC Milan on the San Siro.
Both Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic scored on the weekend in defeats as Juventus fell 2-1 at Hellas Verona, whereas AC Milan threw away a two-goal lead in a 4-2 defeat by metropolis rivals Inter.
“It wasn’t the result we wanted,” stated the 35-year-old Ronaldo regardless of changing into the primary Juventus participant to attain in 10 successive league video games, only one sport in need of the Serie A file.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 23 targets in all competitions this season.
Ibrahimovic, 38, has scored three targets since returning to Milan final month.
The Swede headed within the second purpose on Sunday after establishing the primary, however Inter hit again with 4 second-half strikes.
“I showed that I can still make a difference, even at 38,” he stated.
But Inter striker Romelu Lukaku might be seeking to upstage the 2 different former Manchester United gamers towards Napoli within the different last-four first leg on Wednesday.
Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli, regardless of their present droop, ousted holders Lazio within the quarter-finals.
“There’s a new king in town,” a jubilant Lukaku wrote on Twitter after scoring the fourth purpose for Inter in Sunday’s derby.
“We run this town.”
The Belgian was replying to Ibrahimovic’s pre-derby submit saying that “lions don’t compare themselves to humans”.
Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has cause to be nervous by his aspect’s away type, with the defending Serie A champions having misplaced their final two video games on the street.
“I hope that someone will help me, it’s something we have to resolve,” Sarri stated after the loss to Verona.
“Right now we have a difference in performance between home and away.”
Juventus are bidding to reclaim the trophy which they held for 4 seasons till dropping to eventual runners-up Atalanta within the quarters final yr.
Antonio Conte’s Inter are the one one of many 4 semi-finalists to win in Serie A on the weekend, with Napoli crashing to a 3-2 defeat by lowly Lecce.
Inter’s victory lifted them forward of Juventus on purpose distinction on the high of the desk, as they aim their first Scudetto since 2010.
The second-leg ties will happen on March 4 and 5.