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Zlatan Ibrahimovic made an emphatic return to the AC Milan side as the Rossoneri moved four points clear at the top of Serie A with a 4-0 win over Palermo.

The Sweden international scored a 14-minute hat-trick on his return after a three-game suspension as the Rossoneri cruised to victory in Sicily.

Thiago Silva added a fourth goal as Milan put the ball back in second-placed Juventus’ court in the race for the Scudetto.

For Palermo, coach Bortolo Mutti is now set for an uncomfortable debrief with the club’s president Maurizio Zamparini.

Zamparini yesterday said that his side had a 95% chance of losing to Milan, and he was not wrong.

As he superstitiously spent the 90 minutes travelling around the city in a taxi, his side was being taken apart by Milan, and he will expect an in-depth report from Mutti – if he gives his under-fire coach the time to open his mouth after such a miserable result.

Ibrahimovic put Milan in front in the 21st minute when he prodded the ball into the top left-hand corner of the goal with just one touch after being set up by Robinho.

Palermo had the chance to level after half an hour, but the ball simply would not go in as it cannoned around the penalty area like a pinball.

The ball broke free for Milan and they doubled their lead with Ibrahimovic seeming to slow things down on the edge of the penalty area. However, he was just looking for a gap, which he found after shifting the ball onto his left foot, and he threaded his shot through it and past Emiliano Viviano.

Less than four minutes later, Ibrahimovic completed his hat-trick in style.

The Palermo defence had not learnt their lesson as they once again left him far too much time to pick his spot, this time with a curling effort from 25 yards out.

Viviano denied him a fourth five minutes later with an instinctive save with his foot.

Thiago Silva headed Milan’s fourth in the 58th minute when he was found in the area by Stephan El Shaarawy after taking a short corner.

Edgar Barreto hit the post on the hour as Palermo looked for a consolation that they were unable to find, leaving Mutti’s future hanging in the balance – while Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was all smiles at the final whistle.

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