Serie A: Zlatan Ibrahimovic nets brace as AC Milan beat Napoli; Fluminense bounce back to beat Inter

Serie A: Zlatan Ibrahimovic found the back of the net twice as to help unbeaten Serie A leaders AC Milan to 3-1 victory away at Napoli. Interestingly, it was Milan’s first win in Naples for more than 10 years.

The 39-year-old powered a bullet header into the bottom corner in the first half before bundling in his second of the night after the break to take his league-high tally to 10 goals in six games this season.

Dries Mertens pulled one back for Napoli to make it a tense last half hour, but Milan’s chances were helped by the fact that Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off against his former side for amassing two yellow cards.

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The Diavolo would hold on and clinch a fantastic 3-1 victory with a late goal from Jens Petter Hauge, their first at the San Paolo since the Scudetto season in 2010-11 – another game which Ibrahimovic had a hand in – and enough to go back above Sassuolo to top the league.

However, there were concerns for the visitors when Ibrahimovic was forced off with a muscle problem with 11 minutes remaining, and the Swede was pictured sitting on the bench with an ice pack strapped to the back of his left leg.

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The result means unbeaten Milan retain top spot on 20 points, two clear of Sassuolo in second and six ahead of sixth-placed Napoli.

It also ended an 11-match winless league run for the Rossoneri in this fixture and marked only their second Serie A victory away to Napoli in the 21st century, the other a 2-1 win in October 2010 in which Ibrahimovic also scored during his first spell at the club.

Serie A: Fluminense score directly from a corner to beat Inter 2-1

Fluminense came from behind to beat Inter Milan 2-1 at Internacional on Sunday, with one of their goals coming directly from a corner, denting their hosts’ title chances and bringing themselves into contention as potential challengers.

Caio Paulista got the winner for Fluminense with nine minutes left, lifting them into fifth place in the table, one point behind Inter in fourth and four behind joint leaders Atletico Mineiro and Flamengo.

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Inter had taken the lead through Mauricio with a quarter of an hour on the clock only for Lucca to equalise 12 minutes into the second half with a goal scored direct from a corner.

The win came broke a run of two consecutive defeats for the Rio de Janeiro side.