Zlatan strikes for Milan in Serie A start

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his return to AC Milan's starting side with a goal against Cagliari

Veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored in his first start since his return to AC Milan to help them beat Cagliari 2-0 in Italy's Serie A on Saturday.

The 38-year-old netted Milan's second goal in the 64th minute.

Theo Hernandez put in a cross from the left and Ibrahimovic hit it first time into the bottom right corner.

The Swede raised his arms in celebration and turned to the AC Milan fans, pumping his fist and encouraging their chants for him.

"Every goal I score, I celebrate like God, that way I feel alive," Ibrahimovic said.

It was Ibrahimovic's 57th goal in 87 appearances for Milan and his first since May 6, 2012 when he netted two against Inter.

He has now scored in in four different decades - his first goal coming for Malmo in 1999.

"I feel good, and when you feel good the goals will come," Ibrahimovic said.

He made his first Serie A appearance in nearly eight years on Monday, off the bench in a 0-0 home draw with Sampdoria.

The win put Milan four points behind sixth-placed Cagliari.

Lazio set a club record of 10 successive Serie A victories as a howler from Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina gifted the hosts a 1-0 win.

Lazio posed little threat in the second half and there appeared to be little danger when, with eight minutes remaining, a back pass was played to Ospina.

However, he made a hash of it as he attempted to outsmart Ciro Immobile, who managed to dispossess him and score from a tight angle.

Immobile became the first player in Europe's top five leagues to reach 20 goals as third-placed Lazio moved to within three points of second-placed Juventus.

The Bianconeri visit Roma on Sunday knowing they can leapfrog leaders Inter Milan, who were held to a 1-1 draw by fourth-placed Atalanta.

Inter dropped two points but could have lost all three as goalkeeper Samir Handanovic saved a late penalty from Luis Muriel.

The penalty was given after Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni was adjudged to have pushed over Ruslan Malinovskyi.

Martinez scored in the fourth minute after a swift one-two with Romelu Lukaku while Robin Gosens struck the equaliser for the visitors in the second half.