Ibrahimovic scores First Milan Goal
The 38 year old formal international had come on as a substitute in the goalless draw against Sampdoria last weekend, days after his return to Italy.
Ibrahimovic met a Theo Hernandez cross after 64 minutes in Sardinia with a low shot into the far corner. It was his first Milan goal since leaving the club for Paris Saint-Germain eight years ago.
“I’ll celebrate like a God at San Siro, not here,” he said. “I celebrate God every time I score, that way I feel alive!”
Portuguese forward Rafael Leao, 20, had struck the opener just after the break as Milan got their first win since a 3-2 victory over Bologna on December 8.
Since then Stefano Pioli’s side have settled for two goalless draws and suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat by Atalanta.
AC Milan move up to eighth in the Serie A table, 10 points off the Champions League berths.
“The important thing is that I feel good,” continued Ibrahimovic, who left MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy last October.
“I missed a few balls at the beginning of the game, but I need to play games to get back in shape.”
“I feel good, the coach just wanted to think about my age and see if I needed a rest, but there’s no problem,” continued Ibrahimovic, who did not want to be substituted and played the entire game.
“My brain is always the same and the body has to follow.”
As Ibrahimovic scores first milan Goal after many years of him leaving the italin side It was his 57th goal for the club and 123rd in Serie A, having also played for Inter Milan and Juventus.
Cagliari, who unveiled the club’s new jersey to mark their 100th anniversary this year, fell to their fourth consecutive defeat, but remain sixth.