Inter bounce back from Zlatan Ibrahimovic heroics in derby win over AC Milan

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Inter Milan topped Serie A on Sunday, completing a remarkable second-half comeback to beat AC Milan 4-2 after Zlatan Ibrahimovic had seemingly set the Rossoneri on course for victory.

Ibrahimovic set up Ante Rebic’s opener before scoring himself with a header, as Milan held a deserved 2-0 lead at the break.

But a Marcelo Brozovic volley and Matias Vecino strike in the space of two minutes saw Inter draw level at the start of the second half, before Stefan De Vrij’s header put them in front in the 70th minute.

Ibrahimovic hit the post with a late header as Milan pressed for an equaliser, but Antonio Conte’s side sealed the win in stoppage time through a Romelu Lukaku header.

Inter move into first place on goal difference, after catching Juventus on 54 points following the Turin giants’ 2-1 defeat to Hellas Verona on Saturday. Milan, meanwhile, are 10th with 32 points.

Milan started strongly, coming close when Hakan Calhanoglu smashed a low shot off the post from outside the box.

They took a deserved lead five minutes before the break when Ibrahimovic headed a lofted pass into the path of Rebic for a tap-in.

Ibrahimovic then got a goal of his own in first-half stoppage time, heading in at the back post after Franck Kessie directed a corner into his path, making the Swede the oldest player to score in the famous fixture at the age of 38 years and 129 days.

However, Inter completed a stunning comeback in the space of just two minutes at the start of the second half.

Brozovic showed superb technique to guide in a volley from the edge of the area on the 51st minute, before Alexis Sanchez sprung the offside trap and pulled a pass back for Vecino to fire home the equaliser.

Conte’s side completed the turnaround when De Vrij stooped to guide home a header from a corner, and substitute Christian Eriksen was inches away from scoring his first goal for the club when his long-range freekick came back off the crossbar.


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