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If Zlatan Ibrahimovic has lost a step in his 40th year, it sure hasn’t shown for AC Milan this season.
The seemingly ageless Swedish forward — he celebrated his 39th birthday earlier this month — scored his fifth and sixth goals of the Italian season Monday in Serie A-leading Milan’s disappointing 3-3 draw against visiting Roma.
Ibrahimovic put the Rossoneri ahead before the contest was two minutes old when he redirected a looping pass from Rafael Leão past Roma keeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu:
That goal was his fifth in just three Serie A outings this season; Zlatan missed a pair of games after being diagnosed with COVID-19 last month. The strike temporarily pulled Ibrahimovic, who started the day in a seven-way tie for second in Italy’s Golden Boot race, even with co-leaders Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan, Andrea Belotti of Torino and Sassuolo’s Francesco Caputo.
But he wasn’t done for the day. He added his second goal — his third brace in as many Serie A matches — from the penalty spot late in the second half:
The successful spot-kick put the hosts up 3-2, and it looked as though it would stand up as the game-winner and keep Milan perfect through five league matches in 2020-21. Unfortunately for Zlatan, it was his shanked clearance attempt with five minutes remaining that fell to Roma’s Marash Kumbulla, who easily fired home the equalizer from close range and denied the hosts the win for the first time this campaign.
Ibrahimovic won the Capocannoniere award given to the top scorer in the notoriously stingy Serie A for the only time in 2011-12, during his first stint with AC Milan. Lazio’s Ciro Immobile set a league record with 36 goals last term.
Ibrahimovic began his career in 1999 with hometown club Malmo. He re-joined the Black and Red in January after almost two years in MLS with the Galaxy, for which he averaged nearly a goal a game. He scored 10 times in 18 Serie A appearances last season.
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