MILAN: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the 500th membership objective of his profession and added a second as AC Milan reclaimed prime spot in Serie A with a 4-Zero win over backside aspect Crotone on Sunday.
The 39-year-old Swedish striker fired a shot into the highest nook within the first half to succeed in the landmark, greater than 21 years after his first profession objective for Swedish membership Malmo in 1999.
Ibrahimovic tapped in his 14th objective in 11 league video games after the break, and a double from Ante Rebic sealed a snug win for Stefano Pioli’s aspect.
“We’re considering one recreation at a time, right this moment we simply wanted to win and we did that. We did effectively within the second half, within the first half we have been too sluggish,” Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli informed Sky Italia.
Milan moved two factors away from Inter Milan on the prime with 49 factors from 21 video games. Crotone remained backside with 12 factors, 4 adrift of security.
“We’re occupied with the Champions League as an goal, then initially of April we’ll see,” Romagnoli added.
Inter’s 2-Zero win at Fiorentina on Friday lifted them above their metropolis neighbours into first place and ensured there was no room for error from Milan at San Siro.
The hosts weren’t at their finest throughout a fair begin to the match, however Ibrahimovic’s landmark objective helped settle any nerves.
The Swede exchanged passes with Rafael Leao to search out area within the field earlier than guiding an unstoppable end into the highest nook. Milan pulled away after the break as they tore aside the guests with three targets in six minutes, beginning with Ibrahimovic’s tap-in from a Theo Hernandez cross.
Croatian ahead Rebic struck twice in a minute, heading in from a nook earlier than firing in a fourth on the again publish.
Elsewhere, a Marco Silvestri personal objective and late Gerard Delofeu strike gave Udinese a 2-Zero house win over Hellas Verona that took them as much as 11th place, six factors behind the ninth-placed guests.
There was nothing to separate mid-table Benevento and Sampdoria as they performed out a 1-1 draw, with Keita Balde’s 80th-minute strike cancelling out Gianluca Caprari’s opener.