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Sport Ibrahimović returns and scores 2 as Milan beats Inter 2-1

22:05  17 october  2020
22:05  17 october  2020 Source:   ap.org

Milan colds Inter

 Milan colds Inter © Supplied by Sofoot Plagued by a catastrophic start to the match and an early double from Zlatan Ibrahimović, Inter then clearly dominated the Lombard derby. But the formation of Antonio Conte has never been able to completely catch up with the Rossoneri compact and united on their rear bases. Inter 1-2 AC Milan Goals: Lukaku (29th) for Inter // Ibrahimović (13th, 16th) for Milan Four years that the tifosi of AC Milan have been waiting for this.

MILAN (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimović made a winning return after being sidelined with the coronavirus as AC Milan beat Inter Milan 2-1 in an entertaining derby match on Saturday.

AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring scores his side’s first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Spada/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring scores his side’s first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)

Ibrahimović only resumed training this week after recovering from the virus but the 39-year-old Swede scored twice early on. Romelu Lukaku netted for Inter in the 29th minute.

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AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his side’s first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Spada/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his side’s first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)

It was Milan’s first win in the derby in the league since 2016 and sent the Rossoneri top of the table. Milan is the only team with a perfect record, having won all four of its matches this season.

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with teammates keeping a safety distance after scoring his side's second goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © Provided by Associated Press AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates with teammates keeping a safety distance after scoring his side's second goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Milan is three points above Atalanta, which lost 4-1 at Napoli, and five above Juventus, which visits Crotone later.

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It was a strange atmosphere at San Siro with only 1,000 fans allowed in the 80,000-seat stadium because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, both teams were welcomed by hundreds of supporters as the team buses arrived at the stadium. Flags were waved, banners unfurled and fans roared their support -- through their masks.

AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring scores his side’s first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Spada/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring scores his side’s first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Spada/LaPresse via AP)

The virus had ruled out Inter players Ashley Young, Alessandro Bastoni, Milan Škriniar, Radja Nainggolan, Roberto Gagliardini and Ionut Radu.

Milan had Ibrahimović back and the forward had an almost immediate impact.

Ibrahimović won a penalty after a reckless tackle by Aleksandar Kolarov and, although his spotkick was saved by Samir Handanović, the former Inter forward tucked home the rebound to put Milan in front in the 13th minute.

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AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his side's second goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © Provided by Associated Press AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores his side's second goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Milan doubled its lead just three minutes later with a fantastic team move as Hakan Çalhanoğlu sent Rafael Leão down the left flank and he crossed for Ibrahimović to volley in.


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Inter halved the deficit when Ivan Perišić crossed for Lukaku to sidefoot home. It was the first league goal Milan had conceded this season.

Inter, which had fought back from 2-0 down to win 4-2 the last time the two sides met, almost leveled shortly after as Lautaro Martínez’s header looped over Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma but Simon Kjær cleared off the line.

AC Milan's Theo Hernandez, bottom, and Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku vie for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © Provided by Associated Press AC Milan's Theo Hernandez, bottom, and Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku vie for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

The Nerazzurri should have equalized on the hour when Achraf Hakimi was left unmarked but his header flew inches wide of the left post.

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Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez is cought in between AC Milan's Franck Kessie, left, and AC Milan's Simon Kjaer, during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) © Provided by Associated Press Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez is cought in between AC Milan's Franck Kessie, left, and AC Milan's Simon Kjaer, during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Inter was awarded a penalty in the 75th after Donnarumma brought down Lukaku but the referee changed his mind after video review showed the Inter forward was offside.

ILICIC BACK

Napoli's Victor Osimhen celebrates with coach Gennaro Gattuso after scoring his side's fourth goal during the Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Atalanta at the San Polo Stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Napoli's Victor Osimhen celebrates with coach Gennaro Gattuso after scoring his side's fourth goal during the Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Atalanta at the San Polo Stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP)

The only positive note for Atalanta from a miserable afternoon was the return of key forward Josip Iličić.

The 32-year-old Iličić hadn’t played since July and had been given compassionate leave by Atalanta because of personal issues.

Napoli's  Matteo Politano celebrates with teammate Hirving Lozano after scoring his side's third goal during the Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Atalanta at the San Polo Stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Napoli's Matteo Politano celebrates with teammate Hirving Lozano after scoring his side's third goal during the Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Atalanta at the San Polo Stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP)

Iličić started against Napoli but couldn’t prevent his team from slipping to a hefty defeat -- only Atalanta’s second loss since January.

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Hirving Lozano scored twice for Napoli and there were also goals for Matteo Politano and Victor Osimhen in the first half. Sam Lammers netted a consolation for Atalanta in the 69th.

Napoli's Hirving Lozano, right, celebrates with teammate Victor Osimhen after scoring his side's second goal during the Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Atalanta at the San Polo Stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Napoli's Hirving Lozano, right, celebrates with teammate Victor Osimhen after scoring his side's second goal during the Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Atalanta at the San Polo Stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP)

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Napoli's Hirving Lozano celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Atalanta at the San Polo Stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Napoli's Hirving Lozano celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Atalanta at the San Polo Stadium in Naples, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse via AP)

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