Ibrahimovic brace ends 10 years-extended wait for AC Milan acquire at Napoli

(Reuters) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice just before finding up an personal injury as Serie A leaders AC Milan beat 10-man Napoli 3-1 on Sunday to report their first league get in Naples for additional than 10 several years.

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The 39-year-old powered a bullet header into the base corner in the initial 50 % right before bundling in his next of the evening immediately after the break to acquire his league-superior tally to 10 objectives in 6 game titles this season.

Dries Mertens pulled one back again for the property aspect to give them hope, but a clumsy challenge by Tiemoue Bakayoko acquired the Napoli midfielder a next yellow card with 25 minutes remaining on the clock and Jens Petter Hauge at some point notched Milan’s third in stoppage time.

Ibrahimovic was compelled off with a muscle mass trouble with 11 minutes remaining, and the Swede was pictured sitting down on the bench with an ice pack strapped to the back again of his left leg.

Milan assistant mentor Daniele Bonera, who stepped in for head mentor Stefano Pioli right after he tested good for COVID-19, was not able to lose any mild about the severity of the damage.

“I do not have considerably facts, he experienced ice on his thigh and we’ll see in the subsequent several times what the exams say. He isn’t another person who generally will come off the pitch,” Bonera explained to Sky Sport.

The result means unbeaten Milan retain leading location on 20 points, two crystal clear of Sassuolo in next and six ahead of sixth-put Napoli.

It also ended an 11-match winless league run for the Rossoneri in this fixture and marked only their next Serie A victory away to Napoli in the 21st century, the other a 2-1 get in October 2010 in which Ibrahimovic also scored in the course of his first spell at the club.

Milan’s unbeaten run of league variety is now 20 games long and stretches back again to March, but Bonera refused to be drawn on the likelihood of clinching the club’s initially Serie A title due to the fact 2011 this season.

“We want to stay large up the table but just after 8 rounds it is as well before long to get carried away,” he mentioned.

“There are groups that have invested additional than us and that ended up crafted to acquire the league. We weren’t developed to gain straight away, but we’re growing recreation just after video game.”

Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie Modifying by Toby Davis