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Ibrahimovic record goals not enough as AC Milan slumps to first loss


Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the oldest player to score multiple goals in a Serie A game, but his brace still wasnโ€™t enough for AC Milan to win. Despite the Sweden starโ€™s two goals at the age of 40 years and 48 days, the Rossoneri slumped to their first loss of the season with a 4-3 defeat at Fiorentina.

MATCH CENTRE

Dusan Vlahovic was the hero of the night, scoring twice for Fiorentina. With 27 goals in 2021, the Serbia striker equalled Kurt Hamrinโ€™s record from 1960 as the player with the most Serie A goals for Fiorentina in a single calendar year. AC Milan remained in second place, level on points with Serie A leader Napoli, which visits defending champion Inter Milan on Sunday.

Earlier, midfielder Mario Pasalic scored twice and provided an assist as Atalanta rallied to rout Spezia 5-2.

Atalanta โ€” which had failed to win its last three Italian league matches โ€” moved level with third-place Inter in the Italian league, with 25 points from 13 games. Inter has one match in hand and a better goal difference.

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Mโ€™Bala Nzola put Spezia ahead in the 11th minute with the visiting teamโ€™s first shot of the match, slotting home from the rebound after Atalanta goalkeeper Juan Musso parried an effort from Daniele Verde off the crossbar. Atalanta replied with three first-half goals on its way to only its second win in seven home matches this season.

The first one came in the 18th when Pasalic levelled from close range following a breakthrough from Davide Zappacosta down the right. Duvan Zapata missed a penalty kick that had to be retaken due to penalty-box encroachment, and the striker did not miss his second chance with a perfectly taken shot to the top left corner in the 38th. Pasalic then made it 3-1 with a clean finish to conclude a fast counterattack led by Zapata.

Substitute Luis Muriel added his name to the scoresheet with seven minutes left with a left-footed volley from Pasalicโ€™s cross and Ukraine international Ruslan Malinovskyi made the win even more emphatic in the 89th. Nzola scored a consolation goal in added time.

THE RESULTS

1. Atalanta 5-2 Spezia

2. Lazio 0-2 Juventus

3. Fiorentina 4-3 AC Milan.

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