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Zlatan Ibrahimovic becomes Oldest Goalscorer of "Serie A" History


Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan becomes the oldest goalscorer in Serie A history, but his team fell to Udinese 3-1.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

At the conclusion of the first half, Ibrahimovic, 41, converted a second-chance penalty after Marco Silvestri, the home goalie, had stopped his first attempt.

The Swedish player scored his first goal following a major knee injury.

However, Udinese scored thanks to a low effort from Roberto Pereyra, a goal from Beto in stoppage time of the first half, and a third goal from Kingsley Ehizibue after 70 minutes.

Prior to requiring surgery in the summer for an anterior cruciate ligament injury, Ibrahimovic assisted Milan in winning the Serie A championship the previous season.

He only started playing again in February, and before starting this game, he only made three substitute appearances. He is now Milan's oldest captain.

After Jaka Bijol was found to have handled the ball after a video assistance referee examination, Ibrahimovic then had the opportunity to set another record.

Ibrahimovic's first penalty attempt was saved, but it was retaken as the hosts encroached, and he blasted in his second chance.

That took the striker, at 41 years and 166 days, above the record held by Alessandro Costacurta (41 years, 25 days) as the league's oldest ever goalscorer.

Pereyra's goal into the corner gave the home team the lead after just six minutes. Ibrahimovic then equalized, and Udinese coach Andrea Sottil was dismissed for objecting to the retaken penalty.

A few minutes later, though, Udinese took the lead back thanks to goals from Beto and Ehizibue, who were both on loan from Tottenham and assisted by Isaac Success.

Udinese has moved up to ninth after the loss, placing AC Milan fourth.

Ibrahimovic's return to the starting lineup will still be a huge help for Milan, who will play Serie A champion Napoli in a two-leg Champions League quarterfinal in April.