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Ibra takes center stage, Milan conquers nine******
ROME, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- AC Milan's talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic played hero and villain on Saturday as the Rossoneri dominated Bologna 4-2 away in Serie A.
The 40-year-old Swedish got his first start in Serie A this season, as an injury crisis forced Milan to miss Mike Maignan, Franck Kessie, Ante Rebic and Alessandro Florenzi, while Theo Hernandez and Brahim Diaz tested positive for COVID-19.
Milan broke the deadlock in the 16th minute with a spectacular style as Ibrahimovic's assist found Rafael Leao who sprinted down the left to drill home from a tight angle.
It went from bad to worse for Bologna four minutes later as Adama Soumaoro saw red for dragging down Rade Krunic on the edge of the box.
Milan made it 2-0 in the 35th minute as Samu Castillejo's attempt was blocked but Davide Calabria followed to release a missile.
However, the home side got back level terms in just three minutes as Ibrahimovic accidentally scored an own goal in the 49th minute, before Musa Barrow finished with a first-time strike.
But Bologna was dealt another blow as it was reduced to nine players when Roberto Soriano was sent off for stamping on Fode Ballo-Toure's ankle.
Milan utilized the advantage and restored the lead in the 84th minute with Ismael Bennacer's blockbuster, before Ibrahimovic sealed the win in the dying minutes.
Milan provisionally moved to the top with 25 points, one ahead of Napoli who visits Roma on Sunday.
In Saturday's other fixtures, Empoli also beat Salernitana 4-2, while Sassuolo saw off Venezia 3-1. Enditem
Showdown looms as Canada truckers ordered to clear key bridge******
Anti-vaccine mandate protesters block the roadway at the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor Ontario on February 11, 2022.
Truckers snarling a key bridge between Canada and the United States in protest at COVID-19 rules were ordered by a judge to leave Friday night, setting up a potential showdown two weeks into the snowballing protest movement.
The days-long blockade of the Ambassador Bridge that connects Windsor, Ontario and the US city of Detroit, has paralyzed a key North American trade route, piling pressure on Canadian leader Justin Trudeau to resolve the crisis.
A Canadian judge granted an injunction ordering the protesters – estimated to number a few hundred, along with several dozen trucks – to leave the bridge by 7pm (12am GMT), according to Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens.
Authorities are under increasing pressure to crack down on the protests that have paralyzed Ottawa, triggering a state of emergency in Ontario province and copycat demonstrations as far away as France and New Zealand.
Upping the stakes, President Joe Biden on Friday reiterated his "concern" to Trudeau, telling him the blockade of the Ambassador Bridge and two other border crossings was having serious effects on US firms.
The vital Windsor-Detroit bridge is used daily by more than 40,000 people, along with trucks carrying US$323 million worth of goods on average – about one-quarter of all Canada-US trade.
Addressing reporters in Ottawa, Trudeau said all options were "on the table" for ending the protests, though he stressed that calling in the military was a distant final resort, and "something to avoid having to do at all costs."
"This unlawful activity has to end and it will end," the prime minister said, adding that it was up to police to "enforce the law and protect public order."
The Canadian capital has been clogged with hundreds of big rigs for two weeks – as the movement has morphed into a broader protest against pandemic health rules and Trudeau's government.
The days-long blockades have already had significant economic impact, with automakers forced to cut back production on both sides of the border, triggering fears it could undermine Canada's recovery from the pandemic.
In his call with Trudeau, Biden said the movement was impacting US companies and workers with "slowdowns in production, shortened work hours, and plant closures."
State of emergency
Canada's self-styled "Freedom Convoy" began last month in the country's west – launched in anger at requirements that truckers either be vaccinated, or test and isolate, when crossing the US-Canada border.
The premier of Ontario province – the epicenter of the protests – announced a state of emergency on Friday, threatening steep fines of up to C$100,000 (US$80,000) and jail unless protesters end their "illegal occupation."
"To the people of Ottawa under siege, I say we will ensure you're able to resume life and business as soon as possible," said Ontario premier Doug Ford, who like Trudeau has been accused of inaction over the protests.
The Ontario emergency came as a coalition of protesters – an estimated 1,800 vehicles according to a police source – were closing in on Paris after setting off in convoy from across France.
Defying police warnings, the French protesters included opponents of COVID vaccination, but also people angry at fast-rising energy prices – in an echo of the "yellow vest" grievances that sparked widespread protests in 2018 and 2019.
Protesters have likewise set up a makeshift camp outside New Zealand's parliament, scene of violent clashes earlier this week as police sought to clear anti-vaccine demonstrators.