The Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic decided with a double this Saturday the derby that his Milan beat Inter 2-1, which allowed his team to continue as the leader of Serie A with full points after four days.
At 39, Ibrahimovic took 16 minutes to seal his double and was an offensive reference in the hardest moments of the derby, when Inter, who closed distances with the Belgian Romelu Lukaku, turned to the attack.
The veteran Swedish striker, who started this Saturday after missing the last two league matches for testing positive for coronavirus, remains a real nightmare for Inter, his former team, who has already scored six goals with Milan’s “rossonera” shirt.
It was “Ibra” who, twelve minutes into the game, got the maximum penalty that allowed the derby to be unlocked. He crossed the shot and Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanovic repelled the ball, but the rejection was favorable to the Milan striker, who raised the score 1-0.
It was a psychological blow for Inter, who had started the derby well, with an excellent Moroccan Achraf Hakimi on the right wing. Four minutes after 1-0, Ibrahimovic repeated when he finished off a cross from Leao and put two goals away.
There was no lack of Interista reaction, which cut distances in the 29th at the hand of Lukaku, after an excellent center from the left wing of the Croatian Ivan Perisic.
Antonio Conte’s team went on the attack, pushed by his pair of forwards, Lukaku and Argentine Lautaro Martínez, but the milanista rear endured and Ibrahimovic allowed the pressure to be softened by getting fundamental faults to breathe.
The 2-1 final allowed Milan to find themselves again with a victory in the league derby against Inter that had been missing since 2016 (six defeats and three draws) and was placed at the top of the table alone, something that had not happened since 2012.
He also did it with the full number of victories and a single goal received, numbers that in Milan had not been seen since the 1995-1996 season, with Fabio Capello on the bench.