39-year-old Ibrahimovic brace seals AC Milan’s win in city derby with Inter

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Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan vs AC Milan at Giuseppe Meazza.

Rome (dpa) – AC Milan’s ace Zlatan Ibrahimovic sealed a 2-1 defeat of Inter Milan in Saturday’s city derby to help the Devils go top of the Italian Serie A ladder.

The 39-year-old Swede slammed home his first on 13 minutes, pouncing after Samir Handanovic had parried a penalty he took after being floored by Aleksandar Kolarov.

Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic shoots a penalty that was saved by Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic (Not Pictured) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan vs AC Milan at Giuseppe Meazza.

A low cross from Rafael Leao found the veteran three minutes later and though Inter pulled one back on 29, as Romelu Lukaku turned in Ivan Perisic’s feed, Milan held on.

“Today’s result does not change anything in our season, but we are pleased,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli said. “We were clever to stay in the game and suffer, but there is long way to go.”

The coach said that Ibrahimovic, who ended a coronavirus quarantine on October 9, was tired toward the end of the game and asked to be substituted.

Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan vs AC Milan at Giuseppe Meazza.

“I did not listen to him, and I made him angry, which normally happens when I replace him. He is a champion in everything and his help to the team with his character is crucial,” he said.

The Rossoneri, now on 12 maximum points and a 9-1 goal differential, moved past Atalanta, who crashed 4-1 at Napoli in the weekend opener and stayed on nine.

Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli (2nd R) battles for the ball with Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic (3rd L) and Stefan de Vrij (3rd R) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan vs AC Milan at Giuseppe Meazza.

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