Ibrahimovic’s quickfire double gives Milan 2-1 Derby win

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First he failed with his penalty against Inter-Keeper Handanovic, but he was able to use the margin in the 13th minute to give Milan the lead.

He missed a 13th-minute penalty but turned in the rebound, with a flawless Rafael Leao cross setting up the Swede for the second three minutes later.

And it was revealed after the match that the Swedish striker asked to be substituted, only for head coach Stefano Pioli to keep him on until the end.

It was a second stalemate in four games for the nine-time reigning champions despite being awarded a 3-0 win after Napoli's no-show in Turin.

"I was being tested every three days to see the result, I told myself I could skip the other games but not the derby".

"Zlatan is extraordinary, he brings so much to the side with his talent, determination and character".

" I can't take any credit for dealing with Ibrahimovic, as it's very easy".

Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back after half an hour but Antonio Conte's Inter were struggling with six players out to Covid-19.

Milan's first derby win since January 2016 sends them top of the table with 12 points, while Inter rank sixth with seven points.

"When I arrived, the objective was qualifying for Europe and we did it", Ibrahimovic said.

But Gennaro Gattuso's side picked up where they left off before the coronavirus row, with a third win in as many league games they have played. "We won every game this season, but none of them were easy, which means we have to improve tactically and technically, because we can not always rely on character". We have to become more cynical to take advantage of them.

"We are ambitious, but largely invested for the future". They fought to the end to equalise.

"The club has been wise to lay the foundations and build upon them going forward".



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