Serie A: Ibrahimovic double gives rampant Milan another win

Zlatan Ibrahimovic got in front of his marker to head in from Hakan Calhanoglu's cross in the 19th minute before adding a second in first-half injury time.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring against Sassuolo in the Serie A.   -  AP

Veteran forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice in the first half to give AC Milan a 2-1 win at 10-man Sassuolo on Tuesday as it remained unbeaten since the restart of the Serie A season and guaranteed a place in the Europa League.

After a match which saw goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma make his 200th appearance for the club at the age of 21, Milan immediately confirmed that coach Stefano Pioli's contract would be renewed until 2022.

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In doing so, the club ended widespread and long-running reports that the 54-year-old would be moved aside at the end of the season to make way for German Ralf Rangnick.

Milan, unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions, moved up to fifth with 59 points, enough to guarantee it at least a place in the Europa League qualifying rounds next season.

Ibrahimovic, who returned for second stint in January, got in front of his marker to head in from Hakan Calhanoglu's cross in the 19th minute.

Eighth-placed Sassuolo, in the middle of an impressive run, levelled three minutes before the interval when Calhanoglu was judged to have handled following a long VAR review and Francesco Caputo converted the penalty.

Yet Milan regained the lead in first-half stoppage time when Calhanoglu threaded the ball through to Ibrahimovic.

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This time, the 38-year-old Swede calmly flicked the ball past goalkeeper Andrea Consigli with his first touch and scored into an empty net.

Sassuolo then had Mehdi Bourabia sent off in first-half stoppage time and was unable to offer much of a threat after the break as Milan comfortably saw out the game.

Ismael Bennacer struck the post for the visitor and Consigli made a stunning double save from Giacomo Bonaventura.

-Atalanta reaches scoring milestone in Bologna win-

Atalanta took its Serie A tally to 95 goals, the highest by any side in a single season for more than 60 years, when it beat Bologna 1-0 on Tuesday.

Halftime substitute Luis Muriel scored the only goal in the 62nd minute to extend Atalanta's unbeaten run in Serie A to 15 games and take the side second on 74 points with three matches left.

However, it is six behind leader Juventus, which has a game in hand and is poised to claim the title. Inter Milan, which hosts Fiorentina on Wednesday, is third with 72.

The previous side to score 95 goals was Fiorentina in 1958/59 while Atalanta is still well short of Torino's all-time record of 125 set in 1947/48.

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