Iličić masterclass evokes Atalanta to 4-1 win at Benevento


Josip Iličić seems to be again to his finest after inspiring Atalanta to a 4-1 win at Benevento in Serie A on Saturday.

Iličić scored Atalanta’s opener, hit the submit and had a hand in one other two objectives — for Rafael Tolói and Duván Zapata — after Marco Sau’s equalizer. Luis Muriel netted a spectacular fourth for Atalanta.

Private issues triggered Iličić to overlook a number of months final yr.

Atalanta moved into fourth spot. It’s six factors behind league chief AC Milan, which hosts relegation-threatened Torino later. Genoa was additionally taking part in towards Bologna later.

Benevento remained tenth.

Atalanta has made an ideal begin to 2021, having scored eight objectives in its two matches and conceded only one.

Iličić placed on a masterclass at Benevento and he arrange a few probabilities earlier than opening the scoring within the thirtieth minute. The Slovenia midfielder gathered the ball on the fitting and reduce inside, dribbling previous three defenders earlier than firing into the underside close to nook.

Atalanta was dominating and Iličić virtually doubled his tally shortly earlier than halftime however he despatched a free kick crashing off the left submit.

Benevento leveled 5 minutes after the break as halftime substitute Christian Pastina, who was making his Serie A debut, lifted a ball excessive for Sau to slip in on the again submit.

Atalanta all however secured the win with two quickfire objectives offered by Iličić. Within the 69th, Iličić burst into the field following a fast one-two and though his effort was parried by Lorenzo Montipò, Tolói turned within the rebound. Two minutes later, a counterattack down the fitting noticed Iličić cross in for Zapata to volley into the underside left nook.

Muriel was despatched on shortly after and he curled a improbable strike into the highest proper nook 4 minutes from time for his sixth aim in 5 matches.


Genoa moved out of the relegation zone after beating Bologna 2-0.

Bologna dominated possession however struggled to create something of notice. Genoa midfielder Miha Zajc and Mattia Destro scored.

Genoa moved two factors above 18th-placed Torino. New coach Davide Ballardini has gained two of his 4 matches in cost since changing Rolando Maran final month.

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