Udinese 3-1 AC Milan – Defeated at Udinese
Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked a Serie A all-time record, but it was not enough for Rossoneri to escape a poor result at Udinese.
Udinese 3-1 AC Milan – Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored to be Serie A oldest goalscorer in the league’s history, but Rossoneri suffered from a poor display.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s landmark Serie A goal was the only highlight of a poor display for AC Milan as they were beaten 3-1 at Udinese on Saturday.
Udinese 3-1 AC Milan – Highlights
On his first start since January 2022, Ibrahimovic surpassed Milan legend Alessandro Costacurta and became the oldest goalscorer in Serie A history, age 41.
The Swedish striker converted a penalty in first-half stoppage time and cancelled out Roberto Pereyra’s opener at Stadio Friuli.
However, Udinese took the lead back only two minutes later, and Kingsley Ehizibue added a third in the 70th minute, sealing eighth-placed Udinese’s first home league win since September.
Home team was the better side and it did not take them long to demonstrate their determination against the league reigning champions.
Isamael Bennacer’s pass was intercepted before Lazar Samardzic setting up for Pereyra to roll the ball out of Mike Maignan’s reach.
Rossoneri was handed a penalty just before half-tim when Jaka Bijol handled the ball during his attempt to dispossess Rafael Leao inside they area.
41-year-old Ibrahimovic stepped up and fired a rocket in to level the game, but it took him the second time to score. Marco Silvestri initially saved well from Ibra’s penalty down to his left, but Beto’s encroachment handed the Sweden forward another chance, which he did not waste.
Beto then redeemed himself as he was benefited from Isaac Success’ fine work to restore the hosts’ lead and somehow dented Milan’s hope for a comeback.
It was all over for Stefano Pioli’s side, when Kingsey Ehibizue scored from an easy tap-in from Destiny Udogie’s mishit shot, while Milan’s players protested for offside, but the goal stood.
Milan suffered from a fifth defeat in their last nine league games, and may have to start accept that the top-four hopes is far and away.
Meanwhile, Udinese climb to eighth as they look to close in on the European places themselves
– Ibrahimovic (156 goals) has matched Roberto Mancini, Luigi Riva and Filippo Inzaghi in 21st position when it comes to the top scorers in Serie A history.
– Samardzic is the youngest player to have scored at least three goals and delivered at least three assists in Serie A this season (four goals and three assists).
– Since the 1994-95 season only Olivier Bierhoff (36) and Roberto Muzzi (45) have taken fewer games than Beto (55) to score 20 goals in Serie A for Udinese.
– Ibrahimovic – already the oldest outfield player in Serie A in the three points for a win era – is the third 41-year-old outfielder to start a Serie A match since such data is available (1994-95).
– Milan have lost four of their last five away games in Serie A (W1), as many away defeats as in their previous 54 away matches.
Next up for Milan
Pioli’s men will be having two weeks to rest as international break is here, but when the league resumes, they will face league leaders Napoli.