Zlatan Ibrahimovic was “proud” to turn into Serie A’s oldest goalscorer, nevertheless it was little comfort after Milan have been crushed 3-1 at Udinese.
Aged 41 years and 166 days, Ibrahimovic’s penalty in first-half stoppage time at Stadio Friuli noticed him overtake former Milan defender Alessandro Costacurta (41 years and 25 days – Could 2007).
Ibrahimovic – who captained Milan – slammed his spot-kick down the center of the objective after being happily allowed to retake it, having seen his preliminary effort saved by Marco Silvestri earlier than the VAR ordered it to be taken once more after Udinese’s Beto had encroached.
That equalised Roberto Pereyra’s ninth-minute strike, however Beto restored Udinese’s lead simply two minutes after Milan levelled, earlier than Kingsley Ehizibue wrapped issues up within the second half.
“It might have been significantly better if Costacurta had stored this document,” Ibrahimovic mentioned to Sky Sport Italia after the sport. “I’m proud to enter the historical past of this membership which is a good membership the place many nice gamers have handed and meaning loads to me.
“This objective didn’t convey three factors in my first as captain and sadly the sport didn’t go as we needed. I felt very properly, I haven’t performed within the beginning line-up for 14 months, the essential factor is to really feel good and if I’m pretty much as good as in the present day, I can play, I’ve no doubts about that.”
1 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the oldest goalscorer within the Serie A historical past (41 years and 166 days), overtaking Alessandro Costacurta (41 years and 25 days, in Could 2007). Historic. #UdineseMilan pic.twitter.com/kXfx6yhJLy
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The Rossoneri have suffered seven defeats within the league, 5 of which have come of their final 9 video games, having misplaced simply 4 on their option to profitable the Scudetto final season.
Ibrahimovic steered that groups have been placing a bit extra effort in towards Milan this season because the defending champions.
“Enjoying because the Italian champions signifies that every group faces you as if it have been a last, it’s totally different from final 12 months,” he mentioned. “This 12 months now we have extra stress in all matches, it’s regular however you need to be prepared as a result of everybody needs to beat you.
“This group doesn’t have the expertise of enjoying as champions of Italy, we will’t have the identical excessive efficiency in all of the video games, however that’s not an excuse, it’s simply an evidence to grasp the state of affairs.”