European roundup: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores 500th career goal in Milan win

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the 500th and 501st goals of his club career, helping Milan back to the top of Serie A with a 4-0 win against the bottom side Crotone on Sunday.

The 39-year-old fired a shot into the top corner in the first half to reach the milestone, more than 21 years after his first career goal for Swedish club Malmo in 1999. He scored 18 times for the Swedish club before spells at Ajax (48 goals), Juventus (26), Internazionale (66), Barcelona (22), Milan (56), Paris Saint-Germain (156), Manchester United (29), LA Galaxy (53) and Milan again (27).

Ibrahimovic tapped in his 14th goal in 11 league games after the break, and a double from Ante Rebic sealed a comfortable win for Stefano Pioli’s side. Milan are now two points clear of Inter with 49 points from 21 games. Crotone stay bottom with 12 points, four adrift of safety, while second-bottom Parma lost 3-0 at home against Bologna, Benevento drew 1-1 with Sampdoria and Udinese beat Verona 2-0.

In La Liga, the Barcelona winger Francisco Trincão scored his first goal for the club to snatch a 3-2 win away against Real Betis as Ronald Koeman’s side pulled off a second comeback victory in the space of four days.

Koeman took the surprising decision to leave Lionel Messi and the in-form Frenkie de Jong out of his starting lineup and his side fell behind to a Borja Iglesias strike on the counterattack in the 38th minute.

Francisco Trincão scores the winner for Barcelona.
Francisco Trincão scores the winner for Barcelona. Photograph: Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Messi levelled for Barca in the 59th minute, less than two minutes after coming on, and then helped his side to find a second goal by releasing Jordi Alba with a sumptuous pass which led to the Betis defender Víctor Ruiz sending the ball into his own net.

Ruiz made amends by powering in a header from a Nabil Fekir free-kick in the 75th minute but Trincão had the final say, smashing a shot from just inside the box in off the crossbar in the 87th.

The sixth-placed Real Sociedad closed the gap on fifth-placed Villarreal with a 4-1 win at home against Cádiz, who had Marcos Mauro sent off. Both Mikel Oyarzabal and Alexander Isak scored twice. Athletic Bilbao were held at home by Valencia in 1-1 draw.

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In France, Paris Saint Germain claimed a clinical 2-0 win at their bitter rivals Marseille. Kylian Mbappé and Mauro Icardi found the back of the net in the first half to put the third-placed PSG on 51 points from 24 games, three behind the leaders Lille and one adrift of Lyon, who also won their matches this weekend. Marseille have now lost four of their past five games and had Dimitri Payet sent off in the last minute.

The leaders Lille won 2-0 at Nantes. Aleksandr Golovin’s hat-trick and Kevin Volland’s winner helped Monaco to secure a 4-3 win at Nîmes. Montpellier beat Dijon 4-2, St-Étienne did for Metz 1-0 and Nice walloped Angers 3-0.