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Inter 1-2 Milan: Ibrahimovic scores brace in derby while Serie A leaders keep a perfect start

Inter 1-2 Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores twice in the first 16 minutes after returning from self-isolation from Covid-19, while Serie A leaders keep a perfect start with victory in derby

  • Ibrahimovic tapped into the rebound after his penalty was saved by Handanovic
  • The Milanese striker scored his second goal in the 16th minute after a cross from Leao
  • Lukaku withdrew a goal for the home team in the 29th minute on Saturday

AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection, scored an early brace to secure a 2-1 win over neighbors Inter in the Serie A derby on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Swedish forward gave Milan the lead after 13 minutes and tapped the ball in from the rebound after his penalty was saved by Samir Handanovic, then struck again three minutes later to give his side their first league win over their neighbors since January. 2016.

Romelu Lukaku withdrew one for Inter in the 29th minute, the first Serie A goal Milan conceded this season and got a penalty canceled by VAR for offside in the second half.

Attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an early brace to secure a 2-1 victory in the Milan derby

Attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an early brace to secure a 2-1 victory in the Milan derby

Milan have won all four Serie A games this season and are leading with 12 points, while Inter have seven after their first loss.

The first half was an end-to-end affair, but the pace slowed significantly in the second half as errors crept in and the game got worse and worse.

At Inter, six players were unavailable after testing positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, and others returned from a hectic week of international football, including three from South America.

About 1,000 spectators, all invited, were allowed in San Siro.

Ibrahimovic tapped into the rebound after his penalty kick was saved by Samir Handanovic

Ibrahimovic tapped into the rebound after his penalty kick was saved by Samir Handanovic

Ibrahimovic tapped into the rebound after his penalty kick was saved by Samir Handanovic

Ibrahimovic, who returned to training last week after testing positive for COVID-19, immediately made an impression when he was fouled by Aleksandar Kolarov and won a penalty. Although his penalty kick was saved, he was able to tap in from the rebound.

Three minutes later, Hakan Calhanoglu sent Rafael Leao away to the left and his inviting cross was calmly handed in by Ibrahimovic at the far post.

Inter quickly got back into the game thanks to Lukaku. Ivan Perisic was released from the left, his low cross caught goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in no man’s land and Lukaku reacted in time to score from close range.

The 39-year-old scored his second goal in the 16th minute after Rafael Leao's cross

The 39-year-old scored his second goal in the 16th minute after Rafael Leao's cross

The 39-year-old scored his second goal in the 16th minute after Rafael Leao’s cross

As Inter took control, Lautaro Martinez saw a header disappear from the line by Simon Kjaer and Lukaku headed inches wide after being left unmarked by the Milan defense.

Inter also had the better chances in a much more subdued second half and were awarded a penalty when Lukaku went down under Donnarumma’s challenge, but VAR ruled the Belgian was offside in the build-up.

Lukaku was twice close to a stoppage time equalizer when he poked the ball wide at full length and saw a backheeled attempt saved by Donnarumma. (

In an entertaining first half, Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for Inter in the 29th minute

In an entertaining first half, Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for Inter in the 29th minute

In an entertaining first half, Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for Inter in the 29th minute

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