Ibrahmovic becomes Serie A´s oldest goalscorer – Swede gets lucky with twice-taken penalty
Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the oldest goalscorer in Serie A history amid scenes of high drama as the 41-year-old netted a twice-taken penalty in Saturday’s clash with Udinese.
At the age of 41 years and 166 days, the veteran Sweden international beat a record previously held by Alessandro Costacurta, the former Milan defender, who was 41 years and 25 days old when he scored, also against Udinese, in May 2007.
Ibrahimovic was making his first start in the Italian top flight since January 23, 2022, having undergone career-extending knee surgery at the end of last season’s Scudetto campaign.
His goal was an equaliser for Stefano Pioli’s team shortly before half-time at Stadio Friuli, with Jaka Bijol ruled to have handled the ball in the penalty area as he tried to tackle Rafael Leao.
Marco Silvestri saved well from Ibrahimovic’s spot-kick, going down to his left, but encroachment from Udinese striker Beto meant the spot-kick had to be re-taken.
Udinese were furious, with head coach Andrea Sottil sent off for his protestations, but this time Ibrahimovic was clinical, smashing his kick straight down the centre.
Two minutes later, in the sixth minute of stoppage time, Milan slipped 2-1 behind when Beto made up for his encroachment offence by finishing past Mike Maignan from an Isaac Success cross.
1 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the oldest goalscorer in the Serie A history (41 years and 166 days), overtaking Alessandro Costacurta (41 years and 25 days, in May 2007). Historical.#UdineseMilan pic.twitter.com/kXfx6yhJLy
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