Nigerian striker Peter Olayinka’s goal cost Inter Milan more than all three points in their Champions League Group F opener against Slavia Prague, as it also caused Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku to go toe-to-toe with teammate Marcelo Brozovic.
Olayinka had broken a 15-year record by becoming the first Nigerian to score on his Champions League debut since Yakubu Aiyegbeni in 2002 when he netted the opener for Slavia Prague in their 1-1 draw against Inter Milan on Tuesday.
And following Olayinka’s goal, which meant Inter failed to maintain a 100% record in all competitions this term, Lukaku was said to have criticized Brozovic’s inability to follow manager Antonio Conte‘s tactics, which infuriated the Croatian midfielder, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Inter opened their Champions League account with a draw against Slavia Prague, and it would have been worse for Conte’s side had Nicolo Barella not found the back of the net in injury time.
Lukaku’s criticism did not go down well with team-mate Brozovic, with reports in Italy suggesting that fellow team-mates had to get between the pair in the midst of the row.
The reports will provide added motivation for arch rivals AC Milan, ahead of this weekend’s Derby di Milano.
Inter have started their season unbeaten in Serie A while Milan sit on seventh in the league after a mixed start.