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AC Milan: Ibrahimovic scores against Lazio as he returns from injury

Zlatan Ibrahimovic came back from four months  injury and became Serie A’s oldest foreign goalscorer in AC Milan’s 2-0 victory against Lazio on Sunday.

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The Swede, 39, scored Milan’s second goal after Rafael Leao’s opener.

Late on, Ibrahimovic forcefully rubbed Lucas Leiva’s head and Maurizio Sarri ran onto the pitch to remonstrate, earning the Lazio coach a red card.

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At 39 years and 344 days old, Ibrahimovic surpassed Bruno Alves’ record as the oldest foreign player to net in Italy’s top flight.

The former Manchester United, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Juventus striker had been out since May because of a knee injury but has now scored in 24 different league seasons, dating back to the 1998-99 Swedish league.

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“Ibrahimovic never gets old and he has great passion, a fire burning inside him,” said Milan coach Stefano Pioli.

“He competes to win, he always trains to the maximum and he does so with pleasure. When you are like that you do not feel the years go by.”

Milan face Premier League side Liverpool in their opening Champions League group stage game on Wednesday.

Line-ups

AC Milan

Formation 4-2-3-1

16Maignan

2Calabria, 23Tomori, 13Romagnoli, 19Hernández

8Tonali, 79Kessié

25Florenzi, 10Díaz, 17da Conceição Leão

12Rebic

Substitutes

1Tatarusanu, 4Bennacer, 5Ballo-Touré, 7Castillejo Azuaga, 11Ibrahimovic, 20Kalulu, 24Kjaer, 27Maldini, 41Bakayoko, 46Gabbia, 56Saelemaekers, 64Pellegri

Lazio

Formation 4-3-3

25Reina

77Marusic, 3Ramos Marchi, 33Acerbi, 23Hysaj, 21Milinkovic-Savic, 6Leiva,10Romero Alconchel, 7Felipe Anderson, 17Immobile, 9Pedro

Substitutes

1Strakosha, 4Gabarrón Gil,5Escalante, 8Akpa Akpro, 20Zaccagni, 26Radu, 27Moro Prescoli, 29Lazzari, 31Adamonis, 32Cataldi, 88Basic, 94Muriqi

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