Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with his 400th league goal and a penalty committed on him, led to a 2-1 victory for Milan in the field of Roma of Portuguese José Mourinho and allowed Stefano Pioli’s team to catch up with Naples at the helm of the classification of the Italian Serie A.
Milan answered Naples, which hours earlier won the Campania region derby against Salernitana 1-0, and hit the table with a well-deserved victory at the Olympic stadium against Rome in which Mourinho suffered his fourth league defeat in eleven games.
Milan and Napoli lead the table with 31 points, seven more than Inter Milan, which beat Udinese 2-0, and eleven more than Atalanta and Roma
Ibrahimovic’s third goal in five league games played, with a masterful direct free kick that struck down Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio, turned the game downhill for a Milan that showed personality and clear ideas.
It combined with quality and prevented Roma from managing possession of the ball. His drive could be rewarded with 2-0 before the break, but an offside by Ibrahimovic caused the cancellation of a great goal by Portuguese Rafael Leao, who had beaten Rui Patricio with a “hat” before pushing the ball into the ball. bottom of the head tights.
Also Ibrahimovic, again offside, saw his goal of 2-0 being canceled at the beginning of the second half, but it was only the last warning before the second goal. The Swede was brought down in the area by Brazilian Roger Ibañez and Kessie converted the maximum penalty safely.
The bad news for Milan came shortly after, when Frenchman Theo Hernández received the second yellow and was sent off for a foul at the edge of the area. The red one, which caused controversy in the Milan team because there was a possible lack of English Tammy Abraham before the Bosnian Rade Krunic, will prevent him from playing next week’s derby against Inter Milan.
Outnumbered, Stephan El Shaarawy restored hope to Roma with a great goal in the 93rd minute, but not enough to win the Olympics’ duel with points.
The final controversies were not lacking, for a possible penalty to Lorenzo Pellegrini for a touch from the Danish Simon Kjaer. EFE (HN)