A 58th-minute red card, prompting Zlatan Ibrahimovic to apologize, turned the Milan derby in Inter’s favor on Tuesday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic grieved for the red card that cost Milan derby in their Coppa Italia exit to Inter rivals, Coach Stefano Pioli admitted.
As Aleksandar Kolarov fell just before the hour mark, Ibrahimovic, who scored his 499th career club goal to give Milan the lead, was sent off for a second bookable offence.
“Ibrahimovic apologized. He knows he created a problem for the team,” Pioli said according to ESPN. “He apologized because he is a great man and champion.”
“It’s clear that the game was more difficult one man down in a game so balanced. It has been crucial. It wasn’t supposed to happen but it happened, unfortunately.”
“We felt the fatigue in the last 30 minutes and we didn’t achieve a positive result.”
“We wanted it and we prepared for it. Now we go back to the league and to Bologna.”