Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic ready to go head-to-head for Italian Cup semi-final

Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are set to clash in Thursday’s Italian Cup semi-final, first leg among Juventus and AC Milan at the San Siro.

Both Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic scored at the end of the week in defeats as Juventus fell 2-1 at Hellas Verona, while AC Milan discarded a two-goal lead in a 4-2 thrashing by city rivals Inter.

“It wasn’t the outcome we needed,” said the 35-year-old Ronaldo in spite of turning into the first Juventus player to score in 10 successive league games, only one game shy of the Serie A record.

The five-time Ballon d’Or victor has scored 23 goals in all rivalries this season.

Ibrahimovic, 38, has scored three goals since coming back to Milan a month ago.

The Swede headed in the second goal on Sunday subsequent to setting up the first, yet Inter hit back with four second-half strikes.

“I indicated that I can in any case have any kind of effect, even at 38,” he said.

Be that as it may, Inter striker Romelu Lukaku will be hoping to upstage the two other previous Manchester United players against Napoli in the other keep going four first leg on Wednesday.

Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli, regardless of their present droop, removed holders Lazio in the quarter-finals.

“There’s a new king in town,” an upbeat Lukaku composed on Twitter in the wake of scoring the fourth goal for Inter in Sunday’s derby.

“We run this town.”

The Belgian was answering to Ibrahimovic’s pre-derby post saying that “lions don’t contrast themselves with people”.

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri has motivation to be stressed close by away structure, with the defending Serie A heroes having lost their keep going two games out and about.

“I trust that somebody will support me, it’s something we need to determine,” Sarri said after the misfortune to Verona.

“At the present time we have a distinction in execution among home and away.”

Juventus are offering to recover the trophy which they held for four seasons until losing to inevitable other participants Atalanta in the quarters a year ago.

Antonio Conte’s Inter are the just one of the four semi-finalists to win in Serie An at the end of the week, with Napoli colliding with a 3-2 defeat by lowly Lecce.

Inter’s triumph lifted them in front of Juventus on goal different at the highest point of the table, as they focus on their first Scudetto since 2010.

The second-leg ties will happen on March 4 and 5.


Semi-finals, first leg


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Air conditioning Milan v Juventus (19: 45GMT)

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