Zlatan Ibrahimovic started the season scoring a towering header and converted a penalty with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bologna in Milan Serie A.
While Takehiro Tomiyasu got a decisive touch to force Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s angled drive inches after the Swede’s spectacular turn past the far post, Roberto Soriano had his shot deflected wide within 90 seconds, after a defensive mistake.
When prodding over an empty net from six yards on the rebound Ibrahimovic’s pull-back from the by-line shocked Lukasz Skorupski, Ismael Bennacer wasted a big chance.
Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock on 35 minutes, redirecting it from nine yards in strength and accuracy, with a simple towering header on Theo Hernandez’s cross.
Following the Europa League trip to Ireland, it was his second goal in as many games.
Moments later, last-ditch sliding tackle Danilo prevented Ibra to score with Rebic on a give-and-go. With a vital defensive header Bologna even challenged Theo Hernandez in order to avoid Riccardo Orsolini from tapping in a Rodrigo Palacio cross at the back post.
For the second half, Alexis Saelemaekers substituted Samu Castillejo, not completely fit, and immediately set up Ibrahimovic for a strong but central shot over the bar that Skorupski palmed.
For tripping Bennacer, Orsolini was initially penalized on the edge of the region but VAR stated the touch was inside the box, so Ibrahimovic converted the penalty into the top corner with a fierce side-foot.
As Federico Santander thumped the woodwork on a free-kick from a tricky angle and the rebound was fired somehow over the bar, Bologna threatened again, in the final minutes.
Milan 2 – 0 Bologna
Goals: 1-0 Ibrahimovic 35’, 2-0 Ibrahimobic 51’
Yellow cards: Dominguez (B), Tomiyasu (B), Sansone (B); Castillejo (M), Krunic (M), Gabbia (M)
Red card: Dijks (B)
Milan: G Donnarumma, Calabria, Gabbia, Kjaer (Duarte 71), Theo Hernandez; Bennacer (Krunic 86), Kessie (Tonali 77); Castillejo (Saelemaekers 46), Calhanoglu (Brahim Diaz 71), Rebic; Ibrahimovic
Bologna: Skorupski; De Silvestri, Tomiyasu, Danilo, Dijks; Schouten, Dominguez (Sansone 57); Orsolini (Skov Olsen 57), Soriano (Svanberg 80), Barrow (Vignato 83); Palacio (Santander 80)