Cagliari 0-2 Milan: Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspires visitors on first start

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Ibrahimovic made the first appearance of his second stint with the Rossoneri during Monday's goalless draw with Sampdoria, but was named in the starting XI for Milan's away trip to Sardinia. "I celebrate God every time I score, that way I feel alive!"

However, when handed his first start by manager Stefano Pioli for the trip to high-flying Cagliari made more of an impact with game's second goal on 64 minutes, after Rafael Leao had given the visitors the lead just after the break.

Inter Milan can go three points clear of Juventus at the top of the table with a win over Atalanta later, while third-place Lazio can move to within three points of Juve if it beats Napoli.

That's an absolutely fantastic strike from the veteran, who just spent the past two seasons in MLS with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

"I missed a few balls at the beginning of the game, but I need to play games to get back in shape". "The coach thinks about my age but it's not a problem, my mind is still sharp and the body must follow".

Cagliari goalkeeper Robin Olsen stopped an Ibrahimovic header early with Milan counterpart Gianluigi Donnarumma avoiding an embarrassing goalkeeping blunder. Cagliari have now suffered four consecutive league defeats, but remain in sixth place with 29 points.

After the break Leao latched onto a Samuel Castillejo free-kick with his shot taking a deflection over Olsen.

Pioli felt Ibrahimovic's presence was already being felt, adding: "This was certainly a different performance to recent outings".

Ibrahimovic, who helped Milan to its last Serie A title in 2011, has rejoined the Italian club until the end of the season with an option for another year. Juve visit Roma on Sunday night.

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