Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the star of the show in AC Milan's 4-0 victory over Catania on Sunday. He may have only knocked one of the goals in himself, but the Swede dominated the match, providing perfect passes to feed Robinho on the left flank. The win may have showcased Ibra, but it also showed a Milan back to their glories last year -- a rossoneri side intent on not just challenging for the title, but claiming it once again.
The match started off poorly for gli elefanti as Milan quickly swarmed the goal. In desperation, Davide Lanzafame took down Robinho from behind, earning himself a yellow card and causing Andrea Gervasoni to point to the spot. It was Ibrahimovic, of course, that took the penalty, easily putting it past Mariano Andujar to give Milan the lead on eight minutes.
Ibra's penalty conversion may have been simple enough, but the pass that set free Robinho and panicked Lanzafame was certainly impressive -- and the Swede would continue in the same manner for the rest of the match. A long, soaring pass landed perfectly for the Brazilian, who twisted and turned before putting it in the back of the net for Milan's second.
At this point, Catania looked utterly defeated, but they still had over an hour to endure. Any shot the visitors managed to get off went invariably wide, with Christian Abbiati rarely challenged. No wonder Vincenzo Montella looked ready to climb into bed and pull the covers over his head, hiding from the big bad world.
It just got worse for Catania, who had been experiencing quite a good run of form before their trip to the San Siro. Sure, Francesco Lodi managed to score, but considering it was in his own goal, it wasn't exactly a positive for Catania. Again it was Zlatan that created the goal, his pass cutting through the defense like a warm knife through cheesecake. Robinho was there once again, sending the ball across the face of goal. Lodi attempted to deny an onrushing Clarence Seedorf, but in the end simply managed to put the ball over the line.
Just when the rossazzurri thought it couldn't get worse, it did, with Gianluca Zambrotta putting in the fourth and final goal for Milan. Alberto Aquilani sent in a hard free kick that Andujar could only push away, causing both Zambrotta and Mario Yepes to fall upon it like hungry wolves desperate to put their name on the scoresheet. It was Zambrotta that claimed the goal, however, as Montella stood on the sidelines, rain mingling with his tears.