AC Milan 2-0 Bologna: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores twice in season opener


AC Milan celebrate Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now scored in 22 different top flight seasons

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as AC Milan got off to a winning start in Serie A against Bologna at the San Siro stadium.

Ibrahimovic, 38, headed in Theo Hernandez’s curling cross from the left in the first half before making it 2-0 from the spot after the break.

The striker had earlier fired inches wide of the left post in an impressive display.

He has now scored a double in three of his last five Serie A appearances.

There was a debut for former Manchester City forward Brahim Diaz, on loan from Real Madrid, while it was the fourth season in which Ibrahimovic had scored in the opening match round of Serie A.

Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma had to deny Bologna several times in the second half as they pushed for a way back into the game but left-back Mitchell Dijks was sent off for a second yellow card in the 89th minute.

Stefano Pioli’s side, who finished last season in sixth place – 17 points adrift of champions Juventus – travel to Crotone in their next league fixture on Sunday.

Line-ups

AC Milan

  • 99Donnarumma
  • 2Calabria
  • 24KjaerSubstituted forCampos Duarte da Silvaat 72′minutes
  • 46GabbiaBooked at 89mins
  • 19Hernández
  • 79KessiéSubstituted forTonaliat 77′minutes
  • 4BennacerSubstituted forKrunicat 86′minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 7Castillejo AzuagaBooked at 40minsSubstituted forSaelemaekersat 45′minutes
  • 10CalhanogluSubstituted forDíazat 71′minutes
  • 12Rebic
  • 11Ibrahimovic

Substitutes

  • 1Tatarusanu
  • 8Tonali
  • 20Kalulu Kyatengwa
  • 21Díaz
  • 27Maldini
  • 29Colombo
  • 33Krunic
  • 39Tolentino Coelho de Lima
  • 43Campos Duarte da Silva
  • 56Saelemaekers
  • 90Donnarumma
  • 93Laxalt

Bologna

  • 28Skorupski
  • 29De Silvestri
  • 23Larangeira
  • 14TomiyasuBooked at 74mins
  • 35DijksBooked at 88mins
  • 30Schouten
  • 8DomínguezBooked at 18minsSubstituted forSansoneat 57′minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 7OrsoliniSubstituted forSkov Olsenat 57′minutes
  • 21SorianoSubstituted forSvanbergat 80′minutes
  • 99BarrowSubstituted forVignatoat 83′minutes
  • 24PalacioSubstituted forSantanderat 80′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1da Costa Júnior
  • 4Denswil
  • 9Santander
  • 10Sansone
  • 11Skov Olsen
  • 13Bani
  • 15Mbaye
  • 16Poli
  • 18Baldursson
  • 26Juwara
  • 32Svanberg
  • 55Vignato

Referee:
Federico La Penna

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