Teenager Berardi scores four as Sassuolo stun Milan

Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:10am IST

Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi (25) celebrates after scoring their fourth goal against AC Milan during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the Mapei stadium in Reggio Emilia January 12, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi (25) celebrates after scoring their fourth goal against AC Milan during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the Mapei stadium in Reggio Emilia January 12, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Alessandro Garofalo

REUTERS - Nineteen-year-old forward Domenico Berardi scored four quickfire goals to give Sassuolo a 4-3 win over AC Milan on Sunday after they overturned an early two-goal deficit against the seven-times European champions.

Berardi became the first player in Serie A's 85-year history to score four goals against Milan in a league match as he wrote another chapter in their miserable season.

Milan's defeat, against a team who had not scored in their previous five league games, left them languishing in 12th place in Serie A and renewed the speculation over coach Massimiliano Allegri's future.

Allegri announced over Christmas that he would leave at the end of the season but Italian media were speculating on Sunday that he might not even last that long.

"I've no intention of resigning," he told television reporters. "If I had, I would have done it a while back. The club can make its judgment, I accept responsibility for this defeat."

Speculation mounted when club director Barbara Berlusconi, the daughter of club president Silvio Berlusconi, told Italian media that the performance was unacceptable.

"It was a disappointing evening, which confirms that it's necessary to change," she said. "It's not tolerable for our fans to watch unacceptable performances such as this."

Berardi, a lanky striker with a fiery temper, had not even played organised football until he was 16. His fortunes changed when he visited his brother at university, took part in a match and was pointed out to a Sassuolo youth-team coach.

Having turned professional in 2012, he helped Sassuolo out of Serie B last season as they reached the top flight for the first time, and was bought by Juventus who then loaned him back.

Milan, who have won only five league games all season, looked to be cruising after Robinho and Mario Balotelli put them two goals ahead after 13 minutes.

Berardi began Sassuolo's fightback in the 15th minute when he rounded Christian Abbiati to score from a narrow angle. He levelled with a clever half-volley in the 28th minute and completed his hat-trick just before the break when he got between two defenders to fire past Abbiati.

Straight after the re-start, Berardi struck again with a deflected shot to become the first player to score four goals against Milan in Serie A.

Milan dominated the final half hour and Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda hit the crossbar after coming on in the second half for his debut.

They hit the woodwork three times, repeatedly appealed for penalties and pulled one goal back through Riccardo Montolivo, but they could not force an equaliser despite five minutes of stoppage time.

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne, editing by Ed Osmond)

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