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Atalanta set 87-year Serie A record in Bologna thumping

Josip Ilicic
Atalanta celebrate Josip Ilicic scoring against Bologna
Modified 05 Apr 2019, 02:42 IST

Atalanta became the first Serie A team to score four times in the opening 15 minutes of a match since 1932 in a thrashing of Bologna.

Gian Piero Gasperini's side moved to within a point of AC Milan in the final Champions League qualification place after demolishing Bologna at Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on Thursday.

They struck twice in the first five minutes of the game, Josip Ilicic beating goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski from outside the penalty area and scoring again just 122 seconds later.

Ilicic then turned provider as the hosts made it 3-0 in the ninth minute, teeing up Hans Hateboer for a right-footed finish that continued Atalanta's dominance.

Incredibly they were still not finished as Bologna continued to slump, with Remo Freuler teeing up Duvan Zapata for his 20th Serie A goal of the season.

No Serie A team had scored four goals so early in a match since Juventus made a similarly rapid start in game against Roma all the way back in March 1932.

Bologna did at least get on the scoresheet in the second half, with Riccardo Orsolini picking out the top-right corner with a long-range strike. 

A superb season could yet get even better for Gasperini's men as they host Fiorentina in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final later this month, having drawn the opener 3-3.

Published 05 Apr 2019, 02:42 IST
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