AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on his first Serie A begin since coming back from damage, serving to his aspect to a 2-0 win at Cagliari on Monday because the league leaders moved three factors clear on the prime of the standings.
Ibrahimovic picked up a thigh damage in Milan’s win at Napoli on Nov. 22 that stored him out of motion till final weekend when he returned as an alternative towards Torino, however the evergreen Swede was match sufficient to start out in Sardinia.
He wasted no time in getting again among the many targets, profitable and changing a seventh-minute penalty, earlier than including a well-taken second seven minutes into the second half, taking his Serie A purpose tally to 12 for the season, from simply seven begins.
The one disappointing facet to an in any other case comfy win for Milan was the late dismissal of substitute Alexis Saelemaekers for 2 yellow playing cards picked up in fast succession.
“He’s a champion in every part he does. Together with his comeback we have now different tactical prospects and we’re very pleased to have him,” AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli instructed reporters after the match.
“He nonetheless manages to shock me, although I do know him nicely by now. We should count on the most effective from him, however in the present day he additionally did one thing past that.”
Milan are on 43 factors, three forward of metropolis rivals Inter Milan, and 10 away from champions Juventus in fifth.
Cagliari stay in seventeenth, only one level above the relegation zone. They’re with no win of their final 11 league video games.