Ibrahimovic retains 10-man Milan in contact with Napoli


BIRMINGHAM:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic described his 150th Serie A purpose from a free-kick as an “old age” shot as AC Milan beat Jose Mourinho’s Roma 2-1 on Sunday to stay second on purpose distinction within the desk behind Napoli.

The Sweden striker, who turned 40 earlier this month, additionally thought he had scored his 400th purpose in home leagues however was denied a second of the encounter with VAR discovering offside within the second half.

Stefano Pioli’s facet completed the sport down a person as left-back Theo Hernandez was proven a purple card for a shoulder problem.

“Every now and then, I pull a surprise! You must always give it a go, as failure is part of success, so you keep trying,” Ibrahimovic instructed DAZN about his free-kick clocked at at 101km/h.

“It usually goes quicker! At least 200kmh! I think I must be slowing my shot in old age,” he added.

Milan have been below strain after Napoli had opened up a three-point hole on the prime of the desk after claiming the spoils in a 1-Zero derby victory over Salernitana.

At the Stadio Olimpico, Ibrahimovic broke the impasse simply earlier than the half-hour mark.

He drove home a low free kick after Rick Karsdorp’s foul on Rafael Leao.

Ibrahimovic believed he had claimed a second, and a fourth for the marketing campaign, however VAR adjudged him to be offside, after 50 minutes.

Milan finally claimed a second as Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie transformed from the penalty spot simply earlier than the hour mark.

The 18-time Italian champions’ hopes of claiming the three factors seemed to be dealt a blow with 25 minutes to play as France defender Hernandez was proven a purple card for a second bookable offence.

They have been then given a scare late on as Roma‘s Nicolo Zaniolo had an 81st minute header blocked on the road earlier than their former midfielder Stephan El Shaarawy claimed an extra time comfort effort.

Earlier, Poland midfielder Piotr Zielinski scored as league leaders Napoli overcame lowly Salernitana.

Zielinski claimed his second purpose of the season with half an hour left on the Arechi Stadium as either side completed with 10 males.

Napoli have been with out in-form Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen attributable to damage, with captain Lorenzo Insigne on the bench.

They didn’t create a transparent first-half likelihood.

“Insigne has a muscular fatigue, he was at risk of getting hurt,” Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti stated.

“I decided to keep him out, avoiding any risk,” Spalletti added earlier than Thursday’s Europa League journey to Legia Warsaw.

Earlier, Joaquin Correa’s slick second-half double earned Inter Milan a 2-Zero win over Udinese to consolidate the defending champions’ maintain on third place.

The Argentina worldwide joined Inter on mortgage from Lazio in August and made an instantaneous influence, scoring twice on his debut towards Verona.

He repeated the feat, after lacking three video games this season via damage, towards Udinese, who reached the interval having survived a seven-shot onslaught from Inter midfielder Nicolo Barella, and a goalmouth scramble.

Correa lastly bought the breakthrough purpose on the hour, operating via after Ivan Perisic’s dummy to sidestep Udinese centre again Bram Nuytinck and shoot contained in the near submit.

Correa doubled up on the 68th minute, blasting the ball into the roof of the web with Denzel Dumfries offering a neat help from the best.

Inter held on however solely after their keeper and captain Samir Handanovic tipped a shot from Gerard Deulofeu over the bar, with the Spanish ahead then having a purpose disallowed for offside eight minutes from time.

Udinese prolonged their winless run to eight matches.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Serbia attacker Dusan Vlahovic scored a hat-trick to take his purpose tally for the season to 10 in 12 video games as Fiorentina beat Spezia 3-0.

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