AC Milan's veteran ahead Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two times and overlooked an open function as he secured a 2-0 win over Bologna to get their Serie A marketing campaign off to a profitable get started on Monday.
The 38-year-old broke the impasse with a towering header within the thirty fifth minute and added the second one with a penalty — the primary in Serie A this season — 5 mins after the spoil.
Milan prolonged their unbeaten run to fifteen video games in all competitions as they began the place they left off final season, suggesting they’re able to fighting for a Champions League spot.
"If I used to be 20-years-old, I’d have scored every other two," stated Ibrahimovic, who has 14 targets in 22 fits since returning for a 2nd stint at Milan in January.
"I don’t need other people to speak about my age, I wish to be handled the similar as everybody else. It doesn’t topic if I’m 38, I wish to be handled like any person elderly 20 and do the similar paintings."
Bologna trainer Sinisa Mihajlovic added that Ibrahimovic was once the adaptation between the edges.
"They’d Ibrahimovic and we didn't," he stated. "The entirety they created got here from him. Excluding that, it was once a good fit."
Roberto Soriano just about gave Bologna a surprise lead after 90 seconds when his shot was once deflected large however Milan, who had misplaced their opening league fit within the final two seasons, took regulate after that.
Ismael Bennacer overlooked an open function earlier than Ibrahimovic rose above the Bologna defence to go in from Theo Hernandez's go.
Milan went additional forward after the spoil when Bennacer was once introduced down by way of Riccardo Orsolini.
The referee first of all awarded a loose kick however modified his choice to a penalty after consulting the VAR officers and Ibrahimovic fired the ball into the highest right-hand nook.
He was once offered with a gilt-edged probability to finish his hat-trick by way of Hakan Calhanoglu's spoil upfield however, having rounded goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski, he fired large of the objective, albeit rather off-balance.
Exchange Federico Santander hit the bar for Bologna, who had Mitchell Dijks despatched off for a 2nd reserving within the 88th.
A thousand spectators had been allowed into the San Siro below Covid-19 laws and Milan invited native healthcare staff to take the ones puts.