AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on his first Serie A start since returning from injury; helping his side to a 2-0 win at Cagliari on Monday.
The Swede was close to grabbing a hat-trick but had the Cagliari keeper foiling his attempts to add to his tally.
The win meant the league leaders moved three points clear at the top of the standings. Ibrahimovic picked up a thigh injury in AC Milan’s win at Napoli on November which kept him out of action until last weekend. Then he had returned as a substitute against Torino.
But the evergreen Swede was fit enough to start in Sardinia.
Ibrahimovic wasted no time in getting back among the goals, winning and converting a seventh minute penalty kick; before adding a well-taken second seven minutes into the second half.
The brace took his Serie A goals tally to 12 for the season, from just seven starts. The only disappointing aspect to an otherwise comfortable win for AC Milan was the late dismissal of substitute Alexis Saelemaekers for two yellow cards picked up in quick succession.
AC Milan are on 43 points, three ahead of city rivals, Inter Milan, and 10 clear of champions Juventus; who are in fifth. Cagliari remain in 17th, just one point above the relegation zone. They are without a win in their last 11 league games.
Meanwhile, Gabonese striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice as Arsenal defeated Newcastle United 3-0 in an English Premier League (EPL) match at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.
The victory for Arsenal condemned Steve Bruce’s side to a ninth game without a win in all competitions.
Aubameyang fired the Gunners ahead in the 50th minute, finishing off a counter-attack; running at the Newcastle defence and then blasting home a powerful left-foot drive at the near post. Ten minutes later, Bukayo Saka made it 2-0 with a confident slot home.
Saka had profited after good work down the left flank from youngster, Emile Smith Rowe.