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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores on both ends of the field as AC Milan beat Bologna to rise to the top of Serie A

Bologna 2-4 AC Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores at both ends of the pitch in the first Serie A start to the season as the Rossoneri rise to the top of the league ahead of Napoli

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores an own goal before scoring on the far right in Milan’s 4-2 win
  • The victory puts the Rossoneri back at the top of Serie A, one point behind Napoli
  • Napoli visit Roma on Sunday to put more pressure on José Mourinho
  • Bologna rallied 2-0 against to level the score with 10 men.


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AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on both ends and the visitors were late to beat nine-man Bologna 4-2 in Serie A on Saturday to return to the top of the standings.

Milan appeared to be on track for a comfortable victory after Rafael Leao shot home in the 16th minute.

Bologna received another blow when Adama Soumaoro was sent off for knocking down Rade Krunic when he had scored the goal four minutes later.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his first goal of the season when Milan beat Bologna 4-2

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his first goal of the season when Milan beat Bologna 4-2

With the victory the Rossoneri returned to the top of Serie A at least until Sunday

With the victory the Rossoneri returned to the top of Serie A at least until Sunday

With the victory the Rossoneri returned to the top of Serie A at least until Sunday

Captain Davide Calabria put Milan into a 2-0 lead in the 35th minute to put them in control before Ibrahimovic, starting his first league game of the season, went through his own goal to give the hosts hope for four minutes. after the break.

Musa Barrow’s fine shot three minutes later surprised the visitors by reaching the 10-man level only.

However, Roberto Soriano’s early red card for a reckless tackle left Bolonia with an even more difficult task.

Ibrahimovic scored an own goal to give Bologna a chance to come back

Ibrahimovic scored an own goal to give Bologna a chance to come back

Ibrahimovic scored an own goal to give Bologna a chance to come back

Musa Barrow leveled things for Bologna, but the hosts couldn't hold a draw

Musa Barrow leveled things for Bologna, but the hosts couldn't hold a draw

Musa Barrow leveled things for Bologna, but the hosts couldn’t hold a draw

They held on and looked ready to win a hard-earned point, but goals from Ismael Bennacer six minutes from time and a strong finish at 90 minutes from 40-year-old Ibrahimovic saw Milan at home.

Milan’s fifth consecutive league win took them to the top with 25 points from nine games, one point ahead of Napoli, which visit fourth-placed AS Roma on Sunday, while Bologna remain ninth.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Empoli won 4-2 away at Salernitana to leave the last end of the table, while Sassuolo moved up to 11th place after a 3-1 win over Venice.

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