Ibrahimovic’s derby brace sends AC Milan high of the pile


Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck twice in his first match again after recovering from coronavirus on Saturday as AC Milan beat metropolis rivals Inter Milan 2-1 to take high spot in Serie A forward of Atalanta who slumped 4-1 at Napoli.

Ibrahimovic had not performed since September 21, however bagged his second brace in as many league matches this season as Milan claimed their first derby win since January 2016.

Milan have now received their opening 4 Serie A matches for the primary time for the reason that 1995-1996 season after they received the title beneath Fabio Capello.

The 39-year-old Ibrahimovic stamped his mark on the sport early, having additionally scored again in February just for Inter to win 4-2. 

He missed a penalty after 13 minutes however turned within the rebound, with an ideal Rafael Leao cross establishing the Swede for the second three minutes later.

Romelu Lukaku pulled a purpose again for Inter Milan after half an hour for his fourth purpose in as many matches.

Antonio Conte’s Inter had been hit by six absences attributable to Covid-19 and missed probabilities, with Lautaro Martinez header cleared off the road and Lukaku sending a header huge earlier than the break, whereas Gianluigi Donnarumma denied the Belgian simply earlier than the ultimate whistle.

AC Milan are high of the desk with most 12 factors, three forward of Atalanta who fell to third-placed Napoli.

Inter Milan are sixth with seven factors from three video games.

– Lozano double –

In Naples, Hirving Lozano additionally struck twice as Napoli powered again days after they had been punished for failing to show up for his or her final Serie A recreation in opposition to Juventus.

Napoli had been handed a 3-0 defeat and one-point deduction for not travelling to Turin earlier this month after recording two circumstances of coronavirus.

However Gennaro Gattuso’s aspect picked up the place they left off earlier than the controversy, with a 3rd win in as many league video games they’ve performed.

“I’ve heard say that we did not wish to go (to Turin), it isn’t true,” stated Gattuso.

“I am extra offended than anybody that we weren’t allowed to go.”

Napoli maintained they needed to stay in isolation on native well being authority directions.

“Juventus are a workforce beneath development,” continued Gattuso. “I had the sensation that we might play that match like we did at present.”

Mexican ahead Lozano scored two quick-fire targets within the first half, having additionally picked up a brace in Napoli’s earlier accomplished match — a 6-0 win over Genoa additionally on the Stadio San Paolo.

Matteo Politano blasted in a 3rd after half an hour with Victor Osimhen grabbing his first Napoli purpose simply earlier than the break.

– ‘Wake-up name’ –

Slovenian ahead Josip Ilicic returned for highly-fancied Atalanta after practically three months out with private issues, beginning up entrance alongside Papu Gomez and Duvan Zapata.

However with many gamers getting back from worldwide responsibility Gian Piero Gasperini’s aspect lacked the fireplace energy of their earlier three video games by which they’d scored 13 targets.

France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko acquired his first begin for Napoli with Lorenzo Insigne injured and Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas nonetheless recovering from coronavirus.

Lozano tapped in a Giovanni Di Lorenzo cross after 20 minutes, curling within the second minutes later after a mix-up within the Atalanta defence.

Politano blasted in a 3rd after half an hour with Osimhen scoring his first Napoli purpose simply earlier than the break after one other defensive blunder from Atalanta.

Osimhen held up a t-shirt after his debut purpose on which was written “Finish Police Brutality in Nigeria” as protests in opposition to regulation enforcement violence proceed in his house nation.

Substitute Sam Lammers pulled a purpose again with 20 minutes to go, however Atalanta drop into second place with Napoli a degree behind them in third.

“This defeat as a wake-up name,” stated Gasperini forward of their Champions League opener in opposition to Danish membership Midtjylland.

“We had issues from each viewpoint, we suffered in opposition to Napoli.”

Later Saturday, Juventus can be with out Cristiano Ronaldo as they head south to Crotone.




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