Zlatan Ibrahimovic (39) decided the dramatic Milan derby – VG

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(Inter – Milan 1-2) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (39) showed no signs of being injured after the covid-19 infection.

He first pulled away from Aleksandar Kolarov and withdrew into the field, before being planed down by the Serb.

He took the penalty kick himself, Samir Handanovic saved masterfully, but it did not help much when the Swede was first on the return and steered the ball in.

It was as if he turned the clock back to 2012, when he scored in the same match – and scolded Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

THEN: Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives a verbal overhaul to Mr Julio Cesar after scoring on 6 May 2012. Photo: OLIVIER MORIN / AFP

Pattern attack

Shortly afterwards, Milan rolled up a pattern attack, it really swung for the football sultans in red and black, and Rafael Leao’s post was struck perfectly between defense and goalkeeper.

At the back post was of course Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who just as naturally steered the ball into the open goal. His eighth goal in the traditional “Derby della Madonnina”, the battle for the fashion city and the cathedral square.

– Zlatan is extraordinary, he adds so much to us with his talent, his determination and his character. He is simply exemplary, coach Stefano Pioli told Sky after the match.

It was the Swede’s first match since he was infected with the coronavirus ahead of the match against Bodø / Glimt.

TWO-GOAL HERO: Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Foto: Jonathan Moscrop / Sportimage/PA Images

He was not the only striker who wanted to sign up. Romelu Lukaku conquered Milan and the derby last season, and took advantage of a weak involvement from Gianluigi Donnarumma to control the reduction.

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It was a battle with tough duels, violent tackles and high ignition levels, even though there were only 1000 spectators on the mighty Giuseppe Meazza.

Danish Simon Kjær got his international match number one hundred this week, and played his perhaps best match in the Milan jersey. Twice he saved on the line, and countless times he stopped dangerous attacks.

Inter took over more and more in the second half, and thought they would get the chance to equalize when Donnarumma fouled Lukaku and made a penalty kick.

But the video judges looked through the situation and found that the Belgian was offside ahead of the incident – even though the ball undeniably came from Mr. Kjær.

Lukaku had two huge opportunities in overtime, but abused both: First he shot outside, before he kicked the ball in the chest on Donnarumma.

Young Jens Petter Hauge, who turned 21 this week, did not get playing time in his first Milan derby after the transfer.

But he saw that his new club won its fourth match out of four possible and took over the top of the table alone.

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