Porto’s friendly with Roma descended into a mass brawl after veteran defender Pepe delivered a trademark smash on Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The 38-year-old clotheslined his rival after an hour of the match in Portugal.
Mkhitaryan, 32, played a first-time pass after receiving the ball from a team-mate and was rewarded with an utter clattering a split second later.
Pepe casually collapsed to the ground having crumpled the Armenian, who immediately leapt up in anger.
Porto and Roma players including Sergio Oliveira and Lorenzo Pellegrini dived into the pile-on, as the referee also barged his way across to separate the sparring stars.
Members from both benches joined in with the melee, with Giallorossi boss Jose Mourinho seen casually chatting with an opposition staff member after witnessing a familiar move by his former Real Madrid star.
The game was stopped for a few minutes before Mkhitaryan was booked before quickly being substituted by Mourinho.
Pepe, meanwhile, escaped any further punishment and saw out the game.
Roma had taken the lead shortly after the break through Gianluca Mancini before a late leveller from Vitor Ferreira.
AC Milan have maintained contacts with the entourage of Chelsea forward Hakim Ziyech and the player seems tempted by a new experience, a report claims.
This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) writes that Milan are always looking for a new attacking midfielder after Hakan Calhanoglu’s farewell, with many names having been linked in the media over the past few days and weeks.
Among the list of targets is Ziyech, and the paper writes that the dialogue between the Milan management and the representatives of the Moroccan are always alive.
It must be noted that Milan and Chelsea have excellent relations too after the Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud operations, something which could favour this negotiation.
However, it won’t be easy to convince Chelsea as the Blues don’t seem willing to sell the player on loan with an option to buy.
The two clubs are on good terms after Fikayo Tomori and Olivier Giroud’s moves to Milan from Chelsea this summer, so Milan hope they can reach an agreement with the Premier League giants.
Ziyech joined Chelsea from Ajax in 2020 and managed six goals and four assists in 39 appearances across all competitions.
Chelsea’s opponents Villarreal were dealt a potentially huge blow ahead of the UEFA Super Cup final in less than two week’s time.
The Yellow Submarine returned to action on Thursday after two positive coronavirus tests disrupted their pre-season plans.
Unai Emery‘s men played out a goalless draw with local rivals Levante, and it no doubt will have proved a good pre-season run-out.
Images emerged from the game showing midfielder Dani Parejo being stretchered off after a heavy blow to his right leg.
Parejo was pictured on a stretcher with an ice pack tied around his leg.
The midfielder was key to Villarreal’s efforts last season as they finished seventh and won the Europa League, and should he miss the Super Cup clash with Chelsea, it would represent a huge blow for Emery.
The Yellows will now await results of scans to discover how long they will be without Parejo heading into the new season.