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Ibrahimovic helps AC Milan narrow gap

Published on: 02 December 2021

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has helped Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan win Serie A during his career

Two goals from Junior Messias and one from Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave AC Milan victory at Genoa and cut Napoli's lead at the top of Serie A to one point.

Ibrahimovic, 40, scored his sixth goal of the season early on, before Messias added a second just before half-time and made it 3-0 after 61 minutes following good work from Brahim Diaz.

Napoli led 2-0, but Sassuolo fought back to draw 2-2 with a late equaliser.

Inter Milan won 2-0 at Spezia, so only two points separate the top three.

Lautaro Martinez had a hand in both Inter goals, setting up Roberto Gagliardini's first-half opener with a deft flick, before converting a penalty 30 minutes from time.

The defending champions have now won their past three league games as they prepare to face Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho's side head into that game on the back of a 1-0 defeat Bologna. Mattias Svanberg scored the winner for the hosts after 35 minutes.

Most of the night's drama came at Sassuolo, though.

After a goalless first half, Napoli - aiming to become Italian champions for the first time since 1989-90 -scored twice in a nine-minute spell through Fabian Ruiz and Dries Mertens.

Gianluca Scamacca pulled one back for Sassuolo in the 71st minute and Gian Marco Ferrari grabbed an 89th-minute equaliser.

It could have been even worse for Napoli as Gregoire Defrel thought he had won the game for the hosts in stoppage time, only for VAR to disallow the goal.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsGenoa

Formation 3-5-2

57Sirigu3Vanheusden5Masiello15Vásquez18Ghiglione27Sturaro47Badelj65Rovella50Cambiaso24Bianchi20Ekuban

    57Sirigu3Vanheusden5MasielloBooked at 67minsSubstituted forBaniat 77'minutes15Vásquez18Ghiglione27SturaroSubstituted forAzevedo Júniorat 45'minutes47BadeljSubstituted forGaldamesat 62'minutes65RovellaBooked at 73minsSubstituted forPortanovaat 77'minutes50Cambiaso24BianchiSubstituted forPandevat 62'minutes20Ekuban

Substitutes

    1Semper2Sabelli11Behrami13Bani14Biraschi19Pandev22Marchetti33Azevedo Júnior44Buksa90Portanova94Touré99Galdames

AC Milan

Formation 4-2-3-1

16Maignan20Kalulu24Kjaer23Tomori19Hernández8Tonali79Kessié30Messias10Díaz33Krunic11Ibrahimovic

    16Maignan20Kalulu24KjaerSubstituted forGabbiaat 5'minutesBooked at 32minsSubstituted forFlorenziat 45'minutes23Tomori19Hernández8TonaliSubstituted forSaelemaekersat 77'minutes79Kessié30Messias10DíazSubstituted forBakayokoat 77'minutes33Krunic11IbrahimovicSubstituted forPellegriat 60'minutes

Substitutes

    1Tatarusanu5Ballo-Touré14Conti17da Conceição Leão25Florenzi27Maldini41Bakayoko46Gabbia56Saelemaekers64Pellegri83Mirante

Referee:Juan Luca SacchiMatch StatsHome TeamGenoaAway TeamAC MilanPossessionHome42%Away58%ShotsHome10Away18Shots on TargetHome3Away5CornersHome2Away6FoulsHome11Away16Live TextPost update

Match ends, Genoa 0, AC Milan 3.

90'+3'Full Time

Second Half ends, Genoa 0, AC Milan 3.

90'+3'Post update

Corner, AC Milan. Conceded by Johan Vásquez.

90'+1'Post update

Foul by Pierre Kalulu (AC Milan).

90'+1'Post update

Manolo Portanova (Genoa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'Post update

Pietro Pellegri (AC Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'Post update

Foul by Zinho Vanheusden (Genoa).

89'Post update

Attempt missed. Alessandro Florenzi (AC Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

88'Post update

Corner, AC Milan. Conceded by Johan Vásquez.

85'Post update

Foul by Pietro Pellegri (AC Milan).

85'Post update

Pablo Galdames (Genoa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84'Post update

Offside, AC Milan. Fikayo Tomori tries a through ball, but Pietro Pellegri is caught offside.

81'Post update

Foul by Tiemoué Bakayoko (AC Milan).

81'Post update

Goran Pandev (Genoa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80'Post update

Alexis Saelemaekers (AC Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80'Post update

Foul by Manolo Portanova (Genoa).

80'Post update

Attempt blocked. Pablo Galdames (Genoa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80'Post update

Attempt missed. Pablo Galdames (Genoa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

79'Post update

Corner, Genoa. Conceded by Mike Maignan.

79'Post update

Attempt saved. Manolo Portanova (Genoa) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top right corner.

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Source: bbc.com

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