Ibrahimovic returns and scores 2 as beats Inter 2-1

Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a winning return after being sidelined with the coronavirus as AC beat Inter Milan 2-1 in an entertaining derby match on Saturday.

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Ibrahimovic only resumed training this week after recovering from the virus but the 39-year-old Swede scored twice early on. netted for Inter in the 29th minute.

"I'm very hungry because they locked the wrong animal at home," Ibrahimović said. "After two weeks at home, it's not easy. Mentally it's hard to be always at home.

"Being stuck at home the tempo drops off completely and the body starts to tremble because it wants to work and to play."

It was 's first win in the derby in the league since 2016 and left the Rossoneri top of the table. Milan is the only team with a perfect record, having won all four of its matches this season.

Milan is three points above Atalanta, which lost 4-1 at Napoli, and four points above Juventus, which was held to a 1-1 draw at newly promoted Crotone.

Lazio lost 3-0 at Sampdoria.

Inter is sixth, five points below its city rival.

"We all need to improve but, had we made more of our chances, people would be talking about a different Inter," Nerazzurri coach said. "It's a real shame, because the game ended in a loss and, worst of all, it's a derby defeat."

It was a strange atmosphere at San Siro with only 1,000 fans allowed in the 80,000-seat stadium because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, both teams were welcomed by hundreds of supporters as the team buses arrived at the stadium. Flags were waved, banners unfurled and fans roared their support -- through their masks.

The virus had ruled out Inter players Ashley Young, Alessandro Bastoni, Milan Skriniar, Radja Nainggolan, Roberto Gagliardini and Ionut Radu.

Milan had Ibrahimovic back and the forward had an almost immediate impact.

Ibrahimovic won a penalty after a reckless tackle by and, although his spot kick was saved by Samir Handanovic, the former Inter forward tucked home the rebound to put Milan in front in the 13th minute.

Milan doubled its lead just three minutes later with a fantastic team move as sent Rafael Leao down the left flank and he crossed for Ibrahimovic to volley in.

Inter halved the deficit when Ivan Perisic crossed for Lukaku to sidefoot home. It was the first league goal Milan had conceded this season.

Inter, which had fought back from 2-0 down to win 4-2 the last time the two sides met, almost leveled shortly after as Lautaro Martinez's header looped over Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma but Simon Kjær cleared off the line.

The Nerazzurri should have equalized on the hour when Achraf Hakimi was left unmarked but his header flew inches wide of the left post.

Inter was awarded a penalty in the 75th after Donnarumma brought down Lukaku but the referee changed his mind after video review showed the Inter forward was offside.