AC Milan, the current Italian runner-up, started the new Serie A season strong as a bear – and also fended off Lazio’s attack (also six points from two games). Decisively involved in the absolutely deserved 2-0 success: returnees Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Unfortunately, racism was also an issue again in this duel.
Has changed on the head, but otherwise shone with old quality: Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
After a long four months, which had cost him the planned comeback in the Swedish national team including participation in the European Championship, “Ibrakadabra” hit the lawn again this Sunday in a Milan dress – more precisely as a joker from the 60th minute. After a partly outstanding performance by his colleagues to date, it was already 1-0 thanks to Rafael Leao (45th minute), and Franck Kessié had missed a penalty immediately before the break.
The decision in this top game was then reserved for Ibrahimovic himself, who, after a great preparatory work by ex-Frankfurt Ante Rebic, only needed to push in shortly after his substitution (66th) – and thus put an end to his suffering. The striker posted two photos on Twitter – one showed his knee, which was badly damaged by the operation on June 19, the other his typical, casual cheer after his goal against Lazio.
The hairstyle is right
Incidentally, his comeback was fashionably garnished with a new hairstyle – “Ibra” had converted his long mane into a hairstyle that was plaited at the back. After the end of the game, the 39-year-old also triggered a pack formation, at the end of which Rome coach Maurizio Sarri saw the red card.
“Ibrahimovic steps onto the field – and the San Siro Stadium becomes hell. At 39 years of age he is unstoppable,” commented the “Gazzetta dello Sport” on Monday, the once again impressive comeback of the tireless exceptional talent. “Ibrahimovic shows himself with a new pigtail hairstyle and above all with great desire to rule the world”, commented the “Corriere dello Sport”. “The four-month break has done Ibra well. The Milan star player is fit and in the shape of a 20-year-old. He inspires a team that wants to reach for the Scudetto,” wrote “Tuttosport”.
On the side, however, this great sporty comeback story was overshadowed by incidents again. Racism is in the room. Milan professional Tiemoue Bakayoko raised allegations against the Lazio fans on social media after the game – and teammate Franck Kessié is also said to have been insulted, according to media reports. The Mailländer announced on Monday evening that they would file a complaint “to clear up the chants from the guest sector at the game between Milan and Lazio,” as stated in a Rossoneri club release.