Serie A: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Milan beat Inter at the San Siro

Serie A: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as Milan beat Inter at the San Siro

AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection, scored an early brace to secure a 2-1 win over neighbors Inter Milan in the Serie A derby on Saturday.

The 39-year-old Swedish striker put Milan in front after 13 minutes, tapping the ball in from the rebound after his penalty was saved by Samir Handanovic, and struck again three minutes later to give his side their first league win over their neighbours since January 2016.

Romelu Lukaku pulled one back for Inter in the 29th minute, the first Serie A goal Milan have conceded this season, and had a penalty revoked by VAR for offside in the second half.

The first half was an end-to-end affair but the pace dropped considerably in the second half as mistakes crept in and the match became increasingly niggly.

Inter had six players unavailable after testing positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days and others were returning from a hectic week of international football, including three from South America.

Inter also had the better chances in a much more subdued second half and were awarded a penalty when Lukaku went down under Donnarumma’s challenge but VAR ruled that the Belgian was offside in the build-up.