Ibrahimovic double helps Inter sink PSV

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MILAN, Oct 2 (Reuters) Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored with a penalty and a looping header to give Inter Milan a 2-0 win over PSV Eindhoven in Champions League Group G today.

The Sweden striker, joint top scorer in Serie A with seven goals, netted from the spot on 15 minutes after being manhandled by defender Jan Kromkamp.

Luis Figo then sent in a deep cross after 31 minutes and Ibrahimovic's header back across goal clipped the post and went in.

Inter defender Cristian Chivu, returning after three weeks out with a dislocated shoulder, was dismissed for two bookings with 25 minutes left but the Italian champions still had the better chances towards the end.

Substitute David Suazo blazed wide twice and was shown a red card after the final whistle for an off-the-ball incident.

Ibrahimovic, who will be 26 tomorrow, had not scored in the Champions League since netting for Juventus in December 2005 but he ended his drought at the perfect time for a depleted Inter, who lost 1-0 at Fenerbahce in their first group game.

The home team were again without the suspended Maicon, Ivan Cordoba, Nicolas Burdisso and Julio Cruz while Marco Materazzi and Patrick Vieira were out injured.

GOOD CHANCES Midfielder Olivier Dacourt was ruled out in the warm-up but the Serie A leaders still easily overcame the Dutch league champions despite PSV having several good chances.

Dane Kenneth Perez, instrumental in the 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow last month, forced Inter keeper Julio Cesar into a smart save and Danko Lazovic missed with a difficult header early on.

PSV, without the suspended Dirk Marcellis and Mike Zonneveld, should have scored at the start of the second half when Eric Addo somehow failed to get his head to a free kick with the goal at his mercy.

The victory was especially sweet for Inter coach Roberto Mancini, whose Sampdoria side lost to Barcelona in the 1992 European Cup final after an extra-time goal by Ronald Koeman, now PSV coach.

Reuters SBA VP0310

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