Star wars in Ital­ian Cup semi­fi­nals

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Mi­lan – Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic (left) are set to go head-to-head in to­mor­row’s Ital­ian Cup semi­fi­nal, first leg be­tween Ju­ven­tus and AC Mi­lan at the San Siro.

Both Ron­aldo and Ibrahi­movic scored at the week­end in de­feats as Ju­ven­tus fell 2-1 at Hel­las Verona, while AC Mi­lan threw away a two-goal lead in a 4-2 de­feat by city ri­vals In­ter.

“It wasn’t the re­sult we wanted,” said the 35-year-old Ron­aldo de­spite be­com­ing the first Ju­ven­tus player to score in 10 suc­ces­sive league games, just one game short of the Serie A record.

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

Ibrahi­movic, 38, has scored three goals since re­turn­ing to Mi­lan.

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

“I showed that I can still make a dif­fer­ence, even at 38,” he said.

But In­ter striker Romelu Lukaku may up­stage the two other for­mer Manch­ester United play­ers against Napoli in the other first leg semi­fi­nal to­day. Gen­naro Gat­tuso’s Napoli ousted hold­ers Lazio in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

“There’s a new king in town,” a ju­bi­lant Lukaku wrote on Twit­ter af­ter scor­ing the fourth goal for In­ter in Sun­day’s derby. “We run this town.” The Bel­gian was re­ply­ing to Ibrahi­movic’s pre-derby post say­ing that “lions don’t com­pare them­selves to hu­mans”. – AFP

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