December 22, 2019 / 1:42 PM / a month ago

Soccer-Atalanta hand rudderless Milan five-goal thrashing

MILAN, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Alejandro Gomez scored a stunning individual goal and Josip Ilicic notched a second-half brace as Atalanta thrashed a rudderless AC Milan 5-0 on Sunday, handing their opponents their joint-heaviest Serie A defeat.

Former Milan player Mario Pasalic rubbed further salt into their wounds by also scoring. It was the fourth time Milan have lost a Serie A match by a five-goal margin and the first since 1998.

Gomez opened the scoring in the 10th minute, nutmegging a hapless Andrea Conti before firing a right-foot shot past Gianluigi Donnarumma in the tenth minute.

Pasalic, who clipped the crossbar before halftime, diverted Robin Gonsens’ cross-shot into the net in the 61st minute, then Ilicic scored twice in an nine-minute spell to turn it into a humiliation for Milan as their defence fell apart.

There was more to come as Luis Muriel ran onto a through ball, outran a Milan defender, evaded Donnarumma as the goalkeeper rushed out of his area and added the fifth.

Milan are tenth in the table with 21 points while Atalanta climbed to fifth with 31. (Writing by Brian Homewood Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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