Udinese 1-2 AC Milan – Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores late winner for Milan to take them four points clear at the top of Serie A
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an acrobatic late goal, taking his league tally to seven this season, to give Serie A leaders AC Milan a hard-fought 2-1 win at Udinese on Sunday.
Udinese defender Sebastian De Maio sliced an attempted clearance and Ibrahimovic, with his back to goal, hooked it into the net with an overhead kick in the 83rd minute despite not making proper contact.
The 39-year-old also set up Milan’s opening goal for Franck Kessie in the 18th minute before Udinese equalised with a controversial penalty converted by Rodrigo De Paul three minutes after halftime.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his goal that sent his side four points clear at the top of Serie A
Milan have 16 points from six games, four clear of Atalanta while, struggling Udinese have three.
The away side took the lead after Franck Kessie’s fired home after great work from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The 39-year-old brought down Ismael Bennacer’s cross and laid it into the path of Kessie on the edge of the area and the Ivory Coast international slammed the ball into the back of the net via the crossbar.
Milan dominated much of the first half, with Kessie firing over and just before half time Ibrahimovic stung the palms of Juan Musso after cutting in on his right and firing a shot which the Argentine had to parry.
Stefano Pioli’s side went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
Midfielder Frank Kessie opened the scoring for Stefano Pioli’s side with a fierce strike
Rodrigo de Paul equalised for Udinese after half time after Ignacio Pusetto had been fouled
Milan remain unbeaten with five wins and one draw from their opening six Serie A fixtures
Just after half time Udiense won a penalty Ignacio Pussetto was adjudged to have brought down Alessio Romagnoli, Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma dived the right way but de Paul slotted the penalty into the top right hand corner.
The game appeared to be petering out into a draw until Ibrahimovic produced a stunning winner, the Swedish hitman from inside the six yard box scored with a scissor kick back over his shoulder and into the bottom corner.
Initially Udinese defender Sebastien De Maio had done well to clear Ante Rebic’s cross into the air until Zlatan provided the acrobatic finish from close range.
Stefano Pioli’s side are now four points clear at the top of Serie A and remain unbeaten after five wins and one draw from their opening six fixtures.