Serie A, Zlatan scores brace as Milan win: Records broken
39-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace to help AC Milan maintain top spot in Serie A 2020-21 season. Milan overcame Cagliari 2-0 away from home in gameweek 18. The veteran forward maintained his scoring form as Milan have a three-point lead over arch-rivals Inter, who beat Juventus 2-0 earlier. Milan have been superb this season and this was another show of strength.
Zlatan converted a first-half penalty after being fouled by Cagliari defender Charalampos Lykogiannis. The former Manchester United player doubled his tally early in the second period. Davide Calabria set Zlatan up with a long ball as the Swede found the bottom far corner. They were his first goals since his recent return from injury. However, Milan substitute Alexis Saelemaekers was sent off.
Zlatan has raced to 12 goals from just eight matches this season in Serie A. He equaled the tally of Romelu Lukaku and Ciro Immobile, who have played 17 and 16 games respectively. Cristiano Ronaldo leads the scoring chart with 15 goals. As per Opta, Zlatan has found the net in nine successive starts for the first time in his top-5 European leagues career
Zlatan has raced to 80 career goals for Milan across his two spells. He has become the 14th player to amass 80-plus goals for the club. Zlatan now has 64 goals for Milan in Serie A. Overall, Zlatan has scored 144 Serie A goals (also for Inter and Juventus). The senior forward has 498 career club goals under his belt.
Milan have equaled their best unbeaten streak away from home in Serie A in the three points per win era (since 1994-95). They had gone 16 matches unbeaten away from home between September 2003 and April 2004. Milan have found the net in 19 away league games in a row, equaling their longest run in the competition.