Zlatan stars to keep pressure on Napoli

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Turning 40 hasn't stopped Zlatan Ibrahimovic from being Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The ageless Sweden great, whose 40th birthday was on October 3, scored one goal and also won a penalty that led to AC Milan's second in a 2-1 win at Jose Mourinho's Roma in Italy's Serie A on Sunday.

Before he was substituted near the hour mark Ibrahimovic tormented Roma, with only the offside rule and VAR preventing him from scoring or setting up several more goals.

The victory extended Milan's superb start to the domestic season and kept the Rossoneri level on points with Napoli, who still lead on goal difference after a 1-0 win over regional rivals Salernitana.

Ibrahimovic scored midway through the first half with a powerful free kick through Roma's wall for his 400th career league goal.

His first league goal came almost exactly 22 years ago - on October 30, 1999 as an 18-year-old for Malmo in Sweden's top division.

"Ibra is always psyched up," Milan coach Stefano Pioli said.

"He was even more motivated to play in front of a hostile crowd. He's always able to find motivation."

Ibrahimovic was the victim of a hard tackle from Roger Ibanez, the referee whistled for a penalty and it was confirmed by VAR, leading to Franck Kessie's spot kick in the 57th.

Milan then ended with 10 men after Theo Hernandez picked up his second yellow card, which will keep him out of next weekend's derby with Inter.

Stephan El Shaarawy pulled one back for Roma in stoppage time against his former club.

"Congratulations to Milan. I do not want to say anything else because otherwise I will not be on the bench on Sunday," Mourinho, who was unhappy with the officials, told DAZN.

In southern Italy, Napoli struggled to find the target in their win over Salernitana, who are back in the top division for the first time in more than two decades.

Piotr Zielinski scored on the hour mark following a header from Andrea Petagna that hit the crossbar.

Napoli have won 10 of their opening 11 matches for just the second time in club history.

At the San Siro, Argentine Joaquin Correa scored two second-half goals in an eight-minute span as defending champions Inter Milan beat Udinese 2-0 to remain seven points behind the leaders.

In Florence, wantaway forward Dusan Vlahovic may have endeared himself to fans again after scoring a hat-trick to help Fiorentina beat Spezia 3-0.

La Viola moved to within one point of fourth-place Roma, while Genoa drew 0-0 at home to fellow strugglers Venezia, and two late goals saw Empoli come from behind to win 2-1 at Sassuolo.

With AP.

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