Ibrahimovic scores after 7 minutes as AC Milan stays perfect
Seven minutes.Thats all that Zlatan Ibrahimovic required after four months out for a left knee injury including surgery before he scored in his first match back Sunday.Ibrahimovic came off the bench on the hour mark then quickly redirected a cross from Ante Rebic from close range for AC Milans second goal in a 2-0 victory over Lazio.The win extended Milans perfect start and moved the Rossoneri level with Roma and Napoli atop the Serie A standings through three rounds.Roma beat Sassuolo 2-1 while defending champion Inter Milan dropped its first points in a 2-2 draw at Sampdoria.
That's all that Zlatan Ibrahimovic required after four months out for a left knee injury — including surgery — before he scored in his first match back Sunday.
The goal meant that Ibrahimovic has now scored in 24 different league seasons.
''Beyond the obvious talent, it's the passion and fire he has inside that keeps him going,'' Pioli said. ''Seeing the way he trains is a pleasure. His goal is to be the best and that hasn't changed as the years go by.'' Rafael Leão opened the scoring for Milan just before the break following a give-and-take with Rebic.
Franck Kessié missed a penalty for Milan in first-half added time when he banged his attempt off the crossbar.
Lazio, which won its opening two games, dropped three points back.
The result left the Nerazzurri two points behind the leaders.
With nine goals in its opening three matches, Inter has not had trouble scoring after Romelu Lukaku's departure to Chelsea. But the team missed reliable center-back Alessandro Bastoni, who was out with a left thigh injury that he picked up on international duty with Italy.
''It's regretful because we should have and could have won a game like that,'' said Inter coach Simone Inzaghi, who replaced the departed Antonio Conte. ''We took the lead twice and we should have closed it out.'' Inter played the final minutes with 10 men due to an injury to midfielder Stefano Sensi, who appears doubtful for the Madrid game.
Lautaro Martinez restored Inter's advantage with an expert volley to conclude a counterattack started by Nicolò Barella, who provided a laser-like cross.
In a match full of spectacular goals, Sampdoria's Tommaso Augello made it 2-2 with a volley similar to Lautaro's.
Bryan Cristante had put Roma ahead following a free-kick before the break and Filip Ðuricic equalized before the hour mark following an excellent setup from Domenico Berardi.
El Shaarawy's goal came with a curling effort that bounced in off the far post. Roma's entire squad — including Mourinho — reacted by running down to share the moment before the Curva Sud where the team's "ultra" fans sit.
It was the 639th win of Mourinho's career.
''During the week, I lied to myself, telling everyone this was not a special game. I was trying to convince myself it was not special. It was a special match,'' Mourinho said. ''It was a match with a special number for me, which I will remember until the last day of my life.
''I didn't feel 58 today. I felt 10, 12, or 14 years old -- the age when you start to dream of a career in soccer. It was the run of a child.'' CONFLICT OF INTEREST Promoted Salernitana was routed 4-0 at Torino and has now conceded 11 goals and scored only two in three consecutive losses on its return to Serie A for the first time in nearly a quarter-century.
Originally owned by Lazio president Claudio Lotito, the Italian Soccer Federation ordered a change in ownership for Salernitana due to conflict of interest rules that prevent multiple teams in the top division from having the same owner.
In June, control of Salernitana was handed over to a trust that must find a new owner by the end of the year.
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