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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores on AC Milan return as they thrash Rhodense

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided a goal and an assist as he made his return to action in an AC Milan shirt during a 9-0 friendly win over sixth-tier Italian club Rhodense.

Sweden’s all-time leading goalscorer represented the Serie A club between 2010 and 2012, and he sealed his return on Thursday by signing a short-term contract.

The 38-year-old has been out of action since leaving LA Galaxy in November, and he played in the friendly at Milan’s training ground in Carnago in an attempt to rebuild his match fitness.

 

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays a pass during AC Milan's 9-0 friendly win over Rhodense

Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays a pass during AC Milan’s 9-0 friendly win over Rhodense

It was the Swede's first appearance in Milan colours since rejoining the Serie A side

It was the Swede’s first appearance in Milan colours since rejoining the Serie A side

AC MILAN STARTING XI 

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Davide Calabria

Mateo Musacchio,

Alessio Romagnoli

Theo Hernandez

Lucas Paqueta

Ismael Bennacer

Giacomo Bonaventura

Hakan Calhanoglu

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Suso

Milan manager Stefano Pioli fielded a strong XI in the first half, with Gianluigi Donnarumma, Theo Hernandez and Giacomo Bonaventura among the stars on show.

Ibrahimovic spearheaded an attacking front three, with Hakan Calhanoglu and Suso out wide.

Davide Calabria netted the first two goals of the game before he set up his new Swedish team-mate for a tap-in to make it 3-0 in the early stages.

Ibrahimovic then recorded an assist as Calhanoglu made it four, before Paqueta added a fifth on the cusp of half time.

Pioli made 11 changes during the interval, with defender Mattia Caldara entering the fold having not played in a match since April last year.

Pepe Reina came on in goal while Krzysztof Piatek replaced Ibrahimovic.

Each of the second-half forwards scored a goal, with Piatek netting a brace and Rafael Leao providing the assist for Samu Castillejo as the score finished 9-0 in a useful runout for the Rossoneri.

The 38-year-old provided a goal and an assist as he played 45 minutes at Carnago

The 38-year-old provided a goal and an assist as he played 45 minutes at Carnago

Ibrahimovic puts his foot through the ball in the warm-up as he prepares for his return to action

Ibrahimovic puts his foot through the ball in the warm-up as he prepares for his return to action

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