Ibrahimovic praised Milanâ€™s work rate, insisted Inter are not out of the title race and apologised to Marco Materazzi.
â€śThis great victory came from an excellent performance, especially in the second half when we were a man down. The team played with hard work, heart and sacrifice,â€ť he said of the 1-0 Derby della Madonnina victory.
Ibra earned and converted the decisive penalty after just five minutes, while the Rossoneri had Ignazio Abate sent off on the hour mark.
â€śWe said that we are a team and play the way we know how. We created many chances in the first 20 minutes and couldâ€™ve got another two goals.â€ť
The Swede was also involved in an accidental clash with Materazzi, which saw the Inter defender stretchered off after a knock to the head.
â€śI didnâ€™t do it on purpose. I tried to get the ball, but he was there too and we both went for it. I apologised and these things can happen in football.â€ť