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Ibrahimovic misses penalty in Milan loss

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's long-awaited debut in a Milan shirt did not work out as well as hoped after the Rossoneri were defeated 0-2 at Serie A newcomers Cesena, with the tall Swede missing a late penalty.

Ibrahimovic misses penalty in Milan loss

Ibrahimovic was favoured up front in a trio including Brazilian pair Ronaldinho and Pato, with Robinho on the bench.

Cesena, who are playing their first season in Serie A for 19 years, however shocked the Milanese by going in 2-0 up at the break.

Despite some improvement in the second half after switching Robinho for Ronaldinho, AC Milan struggle to pose any real threat to the Cesena goal until Ibrahimovic’s penalty miss in the 86nd minute.

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri demanded an altogether different attitude from his star-studded team.

“If we don’t play as a team then we won’t win the important things,” he said, adding that he hoped the result would serve as a wake up call for his team.

Club chairman Silvio Berlusconi was also annoyed after the match, but directed his ire at the referee instead of his players.

“You have to have patience, these things happen in football, but I think that the referee robbed us of three goals,” the Italian prime minister said.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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