STADIO OLIMPICO (Rome) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic delivered on the big stage yet again by inspiring AC Milan to a 2-1 win over Roma on Sunday, scoring the opener and winning a penalty for their second, but the visitors ended an eventful night with ten men.
Stefano Pioli’s side remain unbeaten this season in Serie A and kept pace with league leaders Napoli on 31 points, stretching the gap to fourth-placed Roma to 11 points and inflicting a first-ever home Serie A home defeat on Giallorossi boss Jose Mourinho in the process.
Ibrahimovic powered home a free-kick after 26 minutes to mark his 150th Serie A goal and 400th goal in total in domestic leagues, almost exactly 22 years on from his first.
Referee Fabio Maresca pointed to the spot and stood by his decision after a look at the pitchside monitor, and Franck Kessie duly converted.
Milan were denied a comfortable conclusion when Theo Hernandez earned a second yellow, which will rule him out of next weekend’s Milan Derby against Inter, and Stephan El Shaarawy’s stoppage-time strike was too little too late for the Lupi.