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Ibrahimovic scores historic goal in Barca win

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic made history on Saturday, scoring his fifth goal in five consecutive games as Barcelona overcame Malaga 2-0 in La Liga.

Ibrahimovic scores historic goal in Barca win

Ibrahimovic showed once again that he is the form of his life when he latched on to a sublime pass from Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi to poke the ball passed the Malaga goalkeeper to register Barcelona’s opening goal on 39 minutes.

After twisting his ankle in the previous match, Ibrahimovic was long thought to be a doubt for the game, away in the southern Spanish holiday resort city.

He was not included in the starting eleven but came on already after 29 minutes after Frenchman Thierry Henry felt discomfort in his groin.

Barcelona continued their dominant start to the season running out 2-0 winners after former Manchester United defender Gerard Piquest put the game to bed with a 58th minute headed goal after a free kick by Xavi.

Ibrahimovic has now surpassed Diego Maradona’s suit of four goals in four opening matches, and as Christiano Ronaldo was unable to score in Real Madrid’s clash with Teneriffa, holds the record on his own.

The night ended on a slightly sour note for the Swedish star as he picked up a warning in the 70th minute but the evening belonged to him and his Barcelona team mates.

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Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
   
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
 
   
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
   
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
   
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.
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