Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed out on reaching 500 goals in his club career as Milan returned to winning ways on Saturday, securing a hard-fought 2-1 triumph at Bologna.
Having taken his tally to 499 before getting sent off in the midweek Coppa Italia exit to Inter, Ibrahimovic failed to convert a first-half penalty awarded for a foul on Rafael Leao.
However, Ante Rebic scored from the rebound as the Rossoneri bounced back from successive losses – including last weekend’s 3-0 humbling at home to Atalanta – to remain the pacesetters in the Serie A title race.
Franck Kessie succeeded where Ibrahimovic failed in the second half to double the lead, punishing Adama Soumaoro’s handball as he scored from 12 yards.
Yet Milan did not have it all their own way, Andrea Poli converting fellow substitute Andreas Skov Olsen’s cut-back cross to finally beat Gianluigi Donnarumma, who had made fine one-on-one saves from Nicola Sansone and Nicolas Dominguez before the break.
20 – AC Milan have found the net in 20 Serie A away games in a row for the first time in their Serie A history, overtaking the 19-games run between 1992 and 1993. Irrepressible.#BolognaMilan pic.twitter.com/AuHIXFOrCD
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) January 30, 2021
Lukasz Skorupski was equally impressive in goal for Bologna, including producing a stunning double save to deny Ibrahimovic twice in a hurry in the 23rd minute.
The Swede was frustrated again by the keeper from the spot, though there was nothing Skorupski could do when Rebic reacted quickly to steer in the rebound for just his second goal of the season.
Bologna’s hopes of a comeback were dealt a blow when Soumaoro’s jump to cut out a long pass saw the ball strike him on both arms, Kessie punishing the defender as he took over penalty duties.
Poli’s finish – slammed high into the net from close range in the 81st minute – set up a tense finish, yet Milan – who set a new club record by scoring for a 20th successive away league game – held on to claim all three points.
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