Zlatan Ibrahimovic earns late point for leader AC Milan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a bicycle kick in stoppage-time to earn a point for Serie A leaders AC Milan against Udinese, becoming just the third person in the 21st century to score 300 goals across Europe's top five leagues.

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores the 1-1 equalizer during the Serie A match between Udinese and AC Milan, at the Dacia Arena in Udine, Italy.   -  AP

Veteran AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic produced an acrobatic volley to earn AC Milan a last-gasp 1-1 draw at Udinese in Serie A on Saturday.

The 40-year-old Swede wasted a glorious chance to open the scoring early on, and that miss proved costly as Beto pounced to give Udinese the lead in the 17th minute down the other end.

For all its pressure after the break, Milan created few clear chances and looked to be heading for a third defeat in five league games in Udine.

However, Ibrahimovic had other ideas, as he sprang into action in the 92nd minute to rescue an unlikely point for his team.

The draw moved Milan two points clear at the top of the Serie A standings, with second-placed Inter Milan playing Cagliari on Sunday.

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Udinese, which finished the match with 10 men after substitute Isaac Success was sent off for clashing with Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan just before the full-time whistle, dropped to 15th and is without a win in five league matches.

"Tonight we struggled to play our game," Milan coach Stefano Pioli told Sky Sport Italia. "We weren't fluid and precise enough to undo Udinese.

"We are conceding goals after mistakes. These are things that you pay for and make you lose your flow.

"In the last few games, we have lost consistency in the defensive phase with little effect in the pressure phase. We have to fix some things at both ends of the pitch."

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Milan came into the contest looking to bounce back from being knocked out of the Champions League in midweek, and Pioli’s side started well, with Ibrahimovic failing to find the target from a good position.

Udinese slowly grew into the match with Brazilian striker Beto breaking the deadlock. His first shot was initially saved, then the ball rebounded into his path, and he hammered it home.

Ibrahimovic created a golden opportunity for Brahim Diaz just before halftime, but the Real Madrid loanee could not hit the target.

After the break, Udinese got plenty of players behind the ball to preserve its lead, but Milan's poor decision-making in the final third meant the host was rarely troubled.

Ibrahimovic's goal, his sixth Serie A strike of an injury-hit campaign, came from the visitor's only shot on target in the match and was clinical in its execution to earn a below-par Milan a point.

The Swede became the third player to score 300 goals in the top-five European leagues since the turn of the century, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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