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Late goals from Ibrahimovic, Bennacer help AC Milan to go top of Serie A

Published: 24th Oct 2021 6:37 pm

Milan: Late goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ismaël Bennacer spared AC Milan major embarrassment as it scraped a 4-2 win in Serie A at Bologna, which played for more than half an hour with nine men.

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Despite the numerical advantage, it appeared as if Milan was going to be held to a draw before Bennacer scored six minutes from time and Ibrahimovic made sure of the win right at the death.

“It’s the kind of shot that you can try 10 times and it will only go in once,” Bennacer said. “I hit it well and I scored and it’s a goal that matters, so I am happy.” The match had seemed all but over at halftime with Milan 2-0 up and Bologna down to 10 men after defender Adama Soumaoro was sent off in the 20th minute. But Bologna was level seven minutes into the second half following an own-goal from Ibrahimovic and a fine strike from Musa Barrow.

However, Bologna received another straight red card as Roberto Soriano was sent off in the 58th. “I don’t want to talk about referees anymore,” Bologna coach Siniša Mihajlovic said. “With 11 men we were better than Milan.

“The guys should be proud of what they did. Today we lost points but we won in our gameplay, in our spirit and in our courage.” Milan moved top of Serie A, a point ahead of Napoli, which travels to Roma on Sunday looking to preserve its perfect start to the league season.

Stefano Colantuono had a nightmare start as Salernitana coach with his side losing 4-2 at home to Empoli. Colantuono replaced Fabrizio Castori last week after just one win in eight rounds but his new team was 3-0 down inside 15 minutes after goals from Andrea Pinamonti, Patrick Cutrone and an own-goal from Salernitana defender Stefan Strandberg.

Strandberg’s match got even worse on the stroke of halftime as the Norwegian fouled Pinamonti, who converted the resulting penalty with a cheeky chip.

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