Zlatan Ibrahimovic equaled a Cristiano Ronaldo record when impoverished AC Milan won 3-0 against Venezia in 10 men to go to the top of Serie A on Sunday.
Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with just two minutes left. It was the 80th team against which the veteran striker scored in the first five European leagues. Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo – who did so against Burnley on December 30 – are the only players to reach that milestone since 2000.
Venezia showed a gritty defense, but the game changed early in the second half as the hosts quickly went from 1-0 to 3-0 and with a player sent off after defender Michael Svoboda was sent off for denying the scoring opportunity cancellation.
The Rossoneri took two points above Inter, who will later host Lazio in a match that sees Inter coach Simone Inzaghi against the team for which he was former coach and for which he played. Lazio were the only team against which the reigning champions lost in the first half of the season.
Milan had won the first match of the year 3-1 against Roma but were still without more than 10 players due to the coronavirus, injuries and commitment to the African Cup of Nations.
Ligue 1: No red card worries for Nice in 10 men
Second place Cute overcame an early dismissal to add two more goals in a 3-0 win at Brest in Liga 1.
After Denmark forward Kasper Dolberg opened the scoring on 13 minutes, Nice midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off on 20 minutes.
Nice withstood the pressure before substitute striker Andy Delort scored striker Amine Gouiri’s fifth assist of a productive season in the 79th minute. Gouiri grabbed his ninth goal with a deep recovery effort.
Nice moved up above third-placed Marseille on goal difference, even though Marseille played one game less.
Bundesliga: Cologne moves to sixth place with the victory of Hertha
Jan Thielmann scored in injury time to sign of Cologne leaps to sixth place in the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win Hertha Berlin.
Anthony Modeste and former Hertha player Ondrej Duda also scored as Köln won their third consecutive league game and overcame Union Berlin by goal difference.
Hertha had to contend with coronavirus infections during the week. Santiago Ascacibar and Lucas Tousart recovered in time to play – the latter as a substitute – but coach Tayfun Korkut was without defender Dedryck Boyata and striker Ishak Belfodil.
Duda and Mark Uth lost good chances for Köln before goalkeeper Marvin Schwabe thwarted Myziane Maolida with Hertha’s best chance in the 28th minute.
Uth crosses for Modeste who heads the first goal a minute later, and Duda responds with a semi-blocked ball to score the 2-0 in the 32nd, three more later.
Hertha looked like the shadow of the team that had beaten Borussia Dortmund before the winter break, but the home team has improved. Darida pulled back a goal just before the hour when his free-kick managed to evade teammates and opponents before lurking at the far post.