Ibrahimovic returns with hat trick as Milan wins


MILAN (AP) -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned from his suspension in style as his first-half hat trick helped Serie A leader AC Milan to a 4-0 win at Palermo on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic fired Milan in front in the 22nd minute and benefited from another Robinho assist just after half an hour before completing his treble with a stunning long-range shot in the 35th.

The Sweden striker would have added to his first-half tally but for a wonder save from Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.

Thiago Silva completed the rout shortly before the hour mark.

It was Ibrahimovic's first game back following a three-match ban for slapping Napoli defender Salvatore Aronica. It takes his tally to 18 for the season as he draws level with Udinese forward Antonio Di Natale at the top of the goalscoring charts.