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Ibrahimovic, 41, becomes oldest Serie A goalscorer

Published on: 18 March 2023

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal for AC Milan was his first since scoring in the 3-0 win against Venezia on 9 January, 2022

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the oldest scorer in Serie A history, although his side lost 3-1 to Udinese.

Ibrahimovic, 41, scored a retaken penalty at the end of the first half after his first effort had been saved by home goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.

It was the Swede's first goal since returning from a serious knee injury.

But Udinese scored through Roberto Pereyra's low shot, a goal from Beto in first half injury-time before Kingsley Ehizibue added a third on 70 minutes.

Ibrahimovic helped Milan win the Serie A title last season before needing surgery in the summer on an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

He only returned to action in February and made three substitute appearances before he started this match to become Milan's oldest captain.

Ibrahimovic then had the chance to secure another record when Jaka Bijol was adjudged to have handled the ball following a video assistant referee check.

However, Ibrahimovic's original penalty was saved only for it to be retaken following encroachment from the hosts and he blasted in his second opportunity.

That took the striker, aged 41 years and 166 days, past the record held by Alessandro Costacurta (41 years, 25 days) as the league's oldest ever goalscorer.

The hosts had scored after only six minutes with Pereyra's shot into the corner before Ibrahimovic's equaliser, with Udinese coach Andrea Sottil sent off for arguing against the retaken penalty.

But Udinese regained the lead minutes later with Beto scoring from Isaac Success' pullback and Ehizibue sealing the victory after good work from Destiny Udogie, on loan from Tottenham.

The defeat leaves AC Milan fourth, with Udinese up to eighth.

Nevertheless, Ibrahimovic's return to the starting line-up will be a massive boost for Milan, who face Serie A leaders Napoli in a two-legged Champions League quarter-final in April.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 3-5-2

1Silvestri50Nascimento França29Bijol18Pérez19Ehizibue24Samardzic11Souza Silva37Pereyra13Udogie7Success9Gomes Betuncal

    1Silvestri50Nascimento FrançaBooked at 90mins29Bijol18PérezBooked at 27mins19EhizibueSubstituted forEboseleat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins24SamardzicSubstituted forLovricat 73'minutes11Souza SilvaBooked at 68mins37PereyraSubstituted forArslanat 81'minutes13UdogieSubstituted forZeegelaarat 89'minutes7SuccessSubstituted forThauvinat 74'minutes9Gomes Betuncal



AC Milan

Formation 3-4-2-1

16Maignan20Kalulu28Thiaw23Tomori56Saelemaekers4Bennacer8Tonali5Ballo-Touré10Díaz17Rafael Leão11Ibrahimovic

    16Maignan20KaluluBooked at 61mins28Thiaw23TomoriSubstituted forCalabriaat 76'minutes56SaelemaekersSubstituted forRebicat 64'minutes4BennacerSubstituted forKrunicat 64'minutes8TonaliBooked at 90mins5Ballo-Touré10DíazSubstituted forDe Ketelaereat 76'minutes17Rafael Leão11IbrahimovicSubstituted forOrigiat 76'minutes


    1Tatarusanu2Calabria7Adli12Rebic14Bakayoko24Kjaer25Florenzi27Origi32Pobega33Krunic40Vranckx46Gabbia83Mirante90De Ketelaere

Referee:Daniele DoveriMatch StatsHome TeamUdineseAway TeamAC MilanPossessionHome36%Away64%ShotsHome14Away10Shots on TargetHome5Away6CornersHome5Away6FoulsHome16Away9Live Text Post update

Match ends, Udinese 3, AC Milan 1.

90'+7'Full Time

Second Half ends, Udinese 3, AC Milan 1.

90'+7'Post update

Davide Calabria (AC Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'+7'Post update

Foul by Sandi Lovric (Udinese).

90'+6'Post update

Attempt missed. Florian Thauvin (Udinese) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Festy Ebosele with a cross following a fast break.

90'+6'Post update

Attempt missed. Walace (Udinese) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

90'+4'Post update

Foul by Divock Origi (AC Milan).

90'+4'Post update

Jaka Bijol (Udinese) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Rodrigo Becão (Udinese) is shown the yellow card.


Sandro Tonali (AC Milan) is shown the yellow card.


Festy Ebosele (Udinese) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90'Post update

Rafael Leão (AC Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90'Post update

Foul by Festy Ebosele (Udinese).

89'Post update

Fodé Ballo-Touré (AC Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89'Post update

Foul by Florian Thauvin (Udinese).


Substitution, Udinese. Marvin Zeegelaar replaces Destiny Udogie.


Substitution, Udinese. Festy Ebosele replaces Kingsley Ehizibue.

88'Post update

Attempt missed. Divock Origi (AC Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

85'Post update

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

84'Post update

Delay in match because of an injury Marco Silvestri (Udinese).

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