AC Milan ahead Rafael Leao scored the fastest-ever aim in Serie A historical past on Sunday, netting after simply six seconds in a 2-1 win at Sassuolo which stored his facet high of the desk forward of metropolis rivals Inter Milan.
Milan, chasing a primary Serie A title since 2011, launched straight onto the assault from kick-off, with Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu organising Leao to fit dwelling the speedy opener.
The earlier quickest aim within the Italian high flight had been Paolo Poggi’s for Piacenza towards Fiorentina in December 2001 after eight seconds.
Milan have a one-point benefit on Antonio Conte’s Inter who beat Spezia 2-1, with champions Juventus 4 factors behind the leaders in third after a 4-0 win over Parma on Saturday.
“We have now 4 or 5 kick-off patterns. (Leao) was ready,” mentioned Milan coach Stefano Pioli whose facet had been held 2-2 in each their final two league video games towards Parma and Genoa.
“Profitable this match counts for lots psychologically.”
Portuguese Leao, who normally performs on the left wing, began at centre-forward with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic nonetheless out with a leg muscle downside and his substitute Ante Rebic additionally injured.
It was the 21-year-old’s third league aim this season and fourth in all competitions.
“We had ready it in coaching,” mentioned Leao.
“This sport was necessary for us, as a result of we had misplaced some factors within the earlier matches.”
Calhanoglu thought he had scored a second on 9 minutes when he put dwelling a Leao cross however the aim was disallowed for offside after a VAR overview.
Nonetheless, Alexis Saelemaekers doubled Milan’s lead within the twenty sixth minute following good work from Theo Hernandez.
Domenico Berardi pulled a aim again late for Sassuolo, who sit sixth after the defeat.
– Ilicic lifts Atalanta –
On the San Siro, Inter Milan prolonged their successful league run to 6 matches with Achraf Hakimi getting the primary aim 5 minutes after the break.
Romelu Lukaku slotted in a penalty on 71 minutes for his eleventh league aim this season after a M’Bala Nzola handball.
“That is our sixth straight Serie A win, we welcome these outcomes as a result of consistency will preserve us competing on the high,” mentioned Conte.
“We did not create an enormous quantity however we conceded virtually nothing, it was a deserved win.”
Roberto Piccoli obtained a aim again for Spezia, who’re simply above the relegation zone after extending their winless run to 6 video games, deep into damage time.
Atalanta got here from behind to crush Roma 4-1 in Bergamo regardless of taking part in with out captain Papu Gomez who has fallen out with coach Gian Piero Gasperini.
Edin Dzeko scored after simply three minutes, with the Roma captain ending from a Henrikh Mkhitaryan cross.
However Josip Ilicic got here off the bench after the break to encourage the Atalanta restoration, organising Duvan Zapata for the equaliser simply earlier than the hour mark and crossing for Robin Gosens to go in 10 minutes later.
Colombian Luis Muriel scored the third a minute after coming off the bench on 72 minutes, earlier than Ilicic obtained his first league aim of the season with a formidable solo run 5 minutes from time.
Atalanta, with a sport in hand, are seventh within the desk, 10 factors off AC Milan.
Roma, in fourth, missed the possibility to maneuver degree on factors with Juventus, and are simply forward of Napoli who fell 2-0 at Champions League rivals Lazio.
Ciro Motionless headed dwelling within the ninth minute, with the Italian ahead organising Luis Alberto for the second on 56 minutes following a blunder within the Napoli defence.
Napoli have been taking part in with out injured Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen and membership report scorer Dries Mertens with captain Lorenzo Insigne suspended for insulting the referee of their defeat at Inter Milan final trip.
“A step backwards, it wasn’t us, lacklustre, ugly, gentle, mushy,” blasted assistant Napoli coach Luigi Riccio.
Lazio are eighth, degree on factors with Atalanta.