Zlatan equals Ronaldo’s record in Milan win

Zlatan Ibrahimovic tied a record set by Cristiano Ronaldo by hitting the target in AC Milan’s 3-0 win over Venezia at 10.

The 40-year-old evergreen forward opened the scoring with just two minutes on the clock on Sunday, before a brace from Theo Hernandez completed the victory.

Venezia are the 80th team the Swedish veteran has scored against in Europe’s top five leagues.

Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo, who achieved the feat against Burnley on December 30 in the Premier League, are the only players to cross this milestone since 2000.

Venezia put up an energetic defense, but the game changed early in the second half as the home side quickly went from 1-0 to 3-0 and saw a player sent off after defender Michael Svoboda called out. received a red card for refusing an opportunity to clearly score.

The victory puts the Rossoneri, at least temporarily, atop the table, two points behind Inter Milan, who later played against Lazio on Sunday.

Milan had won their opener of the year 3-1 against Roma but still had no more than 10 players due to coronavirus, injuries and the Africa Cup of Nations.

However, they got off to a perfect start when Rafael Leao cut through the inside to the left and rolled for Ibrahimovic to fall back at close range.

Milan threatened to double the lead on several occasions but had to wait until the start of the second half to do so thanks to another assist from Leao, who threaded the ball for Hernandez to burst to the left and cut to inside before passing Sergio Romero.

And any hope Venezia had of getting back into the game was gone in the 58th minute when Svoboda was sent off for blocking a Hernandez shot at the line with his arm.

Hernandez, who wore the captain’s armband, sent the resulting penalty to the upper right corner.

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