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Zlatan sees red as Milan held by Napoli

Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off on Sunday as AC Milan were held to a goalless draw by seventh placed Napoli.

Juventus and AC Milan were both held to draws to keep things tight at the Serie A summit as only one of the top seven teams managed to win on Sunday.

Sixth-placed Roma’s 4-0 thrashing of fifth-placed Inter Milan was the lone success for the leading teams.

Leaders Juve were held 0-0 at home to lowly Siena while second-placed Milan shared a goalless stalemate with seventh-placed Napoli.

Udinese, in third, and Lazio, fourth, both lost in a terrible day for the country’s top brass, although it wasn’t a great day for entertainment either with four scoreless stalemates.

At the San Siro, Milan had Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent-off for violent conduct but still came closest to winning.

Robinho wasted a glorious chance to give Milan the lead from Ibrahimovic’s flick when he was through one-on-one with goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis but he screwed his effort wide of the upright.

Midway through the second half Ibrahimovic was given his marching orders for petulantly and needlessly slapping Salvatore Aronica, who responded, almost comically, by slapping Antonio Nocerino, behind whom the big Swede had been standing when he launched the intital assault.

Aronica, however, escaped punishment.

Playing against 10-men Napoli created a great chance when Ezequiel Lavezzi picked out Edinson Cavani at the back post but his header was woeful.

But Milan suddenly proved more dangerous on the counter and Urby Emanuelson set up Robinho only for De Sanctis to deny the Brazilian.

Despite their reduced numbers, the team coped quite well and claimed a draw. However, the team must now do without Swedish star Ibrahimovic for their next three league outings.

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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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