Serie A

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Player Rating and Performance v Sampdoria

The veteran striker put two past Claudio Ranieri's side as Milan's superb run continued on Wednesday

 
1:57pm on Thursday 30th July 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Stefano Pioli celebrated his new contract extension with Milan by watching the Rossoneri defeat Sampdoria 4-1.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the star of the show, scoring two goals, as his remarkable renaissance continued at 38-years-old.

What was Ibrahimovic's overall display like?

📷 Match Snapshot

As per his usual role since returning to Milan, the big Swede very much stay up top in a central area to spearhead the attack while the rest of the Milan forwards played off his presence and touches.

He started the match superbly, scoring within just a few minutes.

⚽ ⏱️ 4' Ante Rebic displays an impressive burst of speed to reach the line before standing a teasing cross into the box for Ibrahimovic, who emphatically scores with a downwards header into the bottom right corner.

Thereafter, Milan controlled the game with 57% possession, but it wasn't until the second half when they managed to score their second.

A ⏱️ 52' Ibrahimovic was the provider this time, as he broke away to the back post to head a cross back across goal into the danger area, allowing Hakan Calhanoglu to half-volley into the roof of the net, after VAR allowed it to be given that is.

⚽ ⏱️ 58' Six minutes later, Zlatan doubled his tally after Calhanoglu returned his previous favour with a slid pass in behind the Samp defence into the left channel. The 38-year-old strode forward with a touch before sending a left-footed strike into the bottom left corner.

Sampdoria 1-4 Milan: Full Player Ratings and Statistics

Overall, Ibrahimovic enjoyed 59 touches of the ball and completed 38/48 attempted passes as he was involved in the game more than in his recent appearances.

He won 6/10 duels, 2/4 aerial duels, and sent 27 passes into the final third.

The performance earned him a 9.8 FC Rating.

〽️ Rating Week-on-Week

✔️ IMPROVEMENT

Milan drew 1-1 with Atalanta at the weekend, with Ibrahimovic slightly ineffectual up top, scoring a 6.5 FC Rating.

The outing against Samp represented a significant boost to a 9.8 FC Rating.

🗝️ Key Stats

Ibrahimovic match stats

StatisticValueNotes
FC Rating9.8🏆 FC Man of the Match
Mins Played90
Touches59
Touches In Box5
Shots4
On Target2
Goals2
Assists1

What Next?

This weekend, it is the final day in Serie A. The Rossoneri can't move up or down from position six in the league, so don't have much to play for.

Zlatan, meanwhile, is still playing for an extended contract into next season.

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