Cagliari 0-2 AC Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic on target as Swede continues incredible scoring record

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AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli labelled Zlatan Ibrahimovic a champion who continues to surprise him after the 39-year-old striker produced another stellar performance in Milan’s 2-0 win at Cagliari on Monday.

Injury has deprived Milan of Ibrahimovic’s services for much of the season but when he has started, the goals have flowed to help Pioli’s team climb to the top of the Serie A standings.

“He is a champion in everything he does. With his comeback, we have other tactical possibilities and we are very happy to have him,” Pioli told reporters.

“He still manages to surprise me, even though I know him well by now. We must expect the best from him, but today he also did something beyond that.”

Back in the starting line-up for the first time in a Serie A match since picking up a thigh injury against Napoli on November 22, it took Ibrahimovic less than seven minutes to give Milan the lead as he scored from the penalty spot.

The strike ensured Ibrahimovic has scored in each of his last nine starts for Milan.

The Swede showed no weariness in his legs as he latched onto a long ball over the top to double Milan’s lead in the 52nd minute, taking his league tally for the season to 12 goals, which is second only to Cristiano Ronaldo’s haul of 15.

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