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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores in first start since AC Milan return

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores
Ibrahimovic was a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the Major League Soccer season

Zlatan Ibrahimovic said scoring his first goal for AC Milan since rejoining the club made him "feel alive" as his side eased past Cagliari in Serie A.

Rafael Leao had given the Rossoneri the lead just after half-time before Ibrahimovic, starting for the first time since his return, doubled their advantage with a left-footed strike.

The former LA Galaxy and Sweden striker had another goal ruled out for offside.

"I'll celebrate like a God at San Siro, not here," Ibrahimovic said.

"The important thing is that I feel good. I missed a few balls at the beginning of the game, but I need to play games to get back in shape."

Ibrahimovic, 38, signed a six-month deal at the Serie A side in December, with the option of another season.

He scored 42 goals in 61 league games for the club between 2010 and 2012. His strike on Saturday was his 57th goal for Milan and 123rd in Serie A, having also played for Inter Milan and Juventus.

"I feel good, the coach just wanted to think about my age and see if I needed a rest, but there's no problem" added Ibrahimovic.

"My brain is always the same and the body has to follow."

It was AC Milan's first win since early December and they move to within four points of sixth-placed Cagliari who occupy the league's final Europa League spot.

Line-ups

Cagliari

  • 90Olsen
  • 24Faragò
  • 19Pisacane
  • 15Klavan
  • 33PellegriniBooked at 60mins
  • 18NándezBooked at 39minsSubstituted forIonitaat 76'minutes
  • 8CigariniBooked at 26mins
  • 6RogSubstituted forCastroat 76'minutes
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 10Geraldino dos Santos Galvão
  • 99SimeoneSubstituted forCerriat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bittencourt Pinheiro
  • 9Cerri
  • 14Birsa
  • 17Oliva
  • 21Ionita
  • 22Lykogiannis
  • 29Castro
  • 35Ladinetti
  • 40Walukiewicz

AC Milan

  • 99Donnarumma
  • 2CalabriaSubstituted forContiat 73'minutes
  • 22Musacchio
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 19Hernández
  • 7Castillejo Azuaga
  • 79Kessié
  • 4BennacerBooked at 61mins
  • 10CalhanogluSubstituted forBonaventuraat 64'minutes
  • 21Ibrahimovic
  • 17da Conceição LeãoSubstituted forRebicat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bonaventura
  • 8Fernández Saez
  • 9Piatek
  • 12Conti
  • 18Rebic
  • 25Reina
  • 33Krunic
  • 39Tolentino Coelho de Lima
  • 46Gabbia
  • 90Donnarumma
  • 94Brescianini
Referee:
Rosario Abisso
Attendance:
16,412

Match Stats

Home TeamCagliariAway TeamAC Milan
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Cagliari 0, Milan 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cagliari 0, Milan 2.

Luca Cigarini (Cagliari) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Samu Castillejo (Milan).

Luca Pellegrini (Cagliari) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Franck Kessié (Milan).

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Fabio Pisacane.

Foul by Alberto Cerri (Cagliari).

Andrea Conti (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Castro (Cagliari).

Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Andrea Conti.

Alberto Cerri (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mateo Musacchio (Milan).

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Ante Rebic replaces Rafael Leão.

Foul by Luca Pellegrini (Cagliari).

Franck Kessié (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Theo Hernández.

Foul by Paolo Faragò (Cagliari).

Rafael Leão (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Milan. Ismael Bennacer tries a through ball, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside.

Attempt missed. João Pedro (Cagliari) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Artur Ionita with a cross.

Attempt missed. Paolo Faragò (Cagliari) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Luca Cigarini with a cross following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan).

Substitution

Substitution, Cagliari. Lucas Castro replaces Marko Rog.

Substitution

Substitution, Cagliari. Artur Ionita replaces Nahitan Nández.

Attempt blocked. Marko Rog (Cagliari) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.

Attempt blocked. João Pedro (Cagliari) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luca Cigarini.

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Andrea Conti replaces Davide Calabria because of an injury.

Hand ball by Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan).

Substitution

Substitution, Cagliari. Alberto Cerri replaces Giovanni Simeone.

Foul by Nahitan Nández (Cagliari).

Theo Hernández (Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Cagliari 0, Milan 2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Milan) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Theo Hernández following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Milan. Giacomo Bonaventura replaces Hakan Calhanoglu.

Foul by Marko Rog (Cagliari).

Samu Castillejo (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Ismael Bennacer (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marko Rog (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ismael Bennacer (Milan).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan19144140162446
2Juventus18143135171845
3Lazio18133241172442
4Roma18105333191435
5Atalanta19105449262335
6Cagliari198563329429
7Parma187472425-125
8AC Milan197481824-625
9Torino187382426-224
10Napoli196672826224
11Bologna186572830-223
12Hellas Verona176471920-122
13Udinese186391428-1421
14Sassuolo185493031-119
15Fiorentina184682229-718
16Sampdoria1844101427-1316
17Lecce183692236-1415
18Brescia1842121631-1514
19Genoa1835101936-1714
20SPAL1833121228-1612
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