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Zlatan Ibrahimovic double restores AC Milan’s three-point lead at the top of Serie A

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The Swedish ahead had been absent from the beginning lineup since picking up an injury in opposition to Napoli again in November, however he returned in opposition to Cagliari on Monday wanting very a lot again to his greatest.

Ibrahimovic’s two objectives — the primary a penalty he gained himself and the second a trademark medical end after latching onto a by ball — took the 39-year-old’s tally for the season to 12 and, extra importantly, ensured Milan restored its three-point lead on the prime of Serie A.

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“He’s a champion in all the things he does,” AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli advised reporters after the sport. “Along with his comeback, we now have different tactical prospects and we’re very completely happy to have him.

“He nonetheless manages to shock me, despite the fact that I do know him nicely by now. We should anticipate the very best from him, however at this time he additionally did one thing past that.”

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Though AC Milan is definitely bolstered by Ibrahimovic’s return, Pioli will probably be delighted with how his aspect carried out within the absence of its talisman. Regardless of shedding its unbeaten Serie A document, Milan gained 5 of its eight league matches whereas Ibrahimovic was out injured.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot.

Metropolis rival Inter had briefly gone stage on factors with Milan following Sunday’s 2-0 win over Juventus, with Cristiano Ronaldo and the Previous Woman now 10 factors behind the league chief, albeit with a recreation in hand.

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Milan is searching for its first Serie A title because the 2010-11 season and unsurprisingly is reportedly already eager to increase Ibrahimovic’s contract past his fortieth birthday later this yr.

The staff can even be bolstered by the upcoming arrival of Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, who’s reportedly set to signal from Qatari membership Al-Duhail.

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