Ibrahimovic scores at both ends as Milan beat nine-man Bologna to go top

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BOLOGNA, Italy (Reuters) -AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored at both ends as the visitors left it late to earn a 4-2 win over nine-man Bologna in Serie A on Saturday and return to the top of the standings.

Milan looked on course for a comfortable victory after Rafael Leao fired home after 16 minutes before Bologna were dealt a further blow as Adama Soumaoro was sent off for bringing Rade Krunic down when he was through on goal four minutes later. 

Captain Davide Calabria hammered Milan into a 2-0 lead in the 35th minute to put them in control before Ibrahimovic, starting his first league game of the season, put through his own net to give the hosts hope four minutes after the break. 

Musa Barrow’s fine finish three minutes later stunned the visitors to pull the 10-men level only for Roberto Soriano’s red card before the hour mark for a reckless tackle to leave Bologna with an even more difficult task.

They dug in and looked set to earn a hard-earned point but goals from Ismael Bennacer six minutes from time and a fine 90th-minute finish from 40-year-old Ibrahimovic saw Milan home.

Milan’s fifth league win in a row moved them back to the top with 25 points from nine games, a point above Napoli who visit fourth-placed AS Roma on Sunday, while Bologna stay ninth.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Empoli won 4-2 away at Salernitana to leave the latter bottom of the table, while Sassuolo climbed up to 11th following a 3-1 win over Venezia.

Reuters

Photo Milan players celebrate their 3-2 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Bologna FC and AC Milan at Renato Dall’Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy, 23 October 2021. EPA-EFE/ELISABETTA BARACCHI

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