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AC Milan thrash Bologna 5-1 in Serie A

AC Milan thrash Bologna 5-1 in Serie A
Players of AC Milan and Bologna fight for the ball during their Serie A match.
Rome, Jul 19 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/19/2020 9:18:11 AM IST

AC Milan continued their fearsome form as they enjoyed a comfortable 5-1 home victory on Saturday while Atalanta were held by Hellas Verona to a 1-1 draw.

Milan are on an unbeaten run after the resumption of the Serie A, and fresh from a 3-1 midweek victory over Parma.

The home side went 2-0 up after 24 minutes with Alexis Saelemaekers’ opener and Hakan Calhanoglu’s volley from point-blank range, Xinhua news agency reports.

Bologna pulled one goal back before the break as Takehiro Tomiyasu cut inside from the right and unleashed a curler that flew into the net with both power and precision.

The Rossoneri restored the two-goal margin just four minutes into the second half as Ismael Bennacer burst into the box and placed a low-strike into the corner.

Milan quickly rode the momentum in the 56th minute when Ante Rebic turned in the box, and sent the ball into the far corner.

Davide Calabria sealed the match in stoppage time as the right-back finished with a daisy-cutter on Rafael Leao’s assist.

Milan temporarily leaped over Napoli into sixth place with 56 points.

Meanwhile, Atalanta dropped points for only the second time since the season’s restart after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Hellas Verona on Saturday.

Atalanta, who drew 2-2 with Serie A leaders Juventus last weekend, are tied on 71 points with second-placed Inter Milan, who play away at AS Roma on Sunday, and six points behind Juve who also have a game in hand.

Duvan Zapata gave Atalanta the lead when he forced Koray Guenter into an error five minutes into the second half. Despite the defender’s best efforts to deny Zapata a run on goal, the Colombian striker calmly slotted the ball past Marco Silvestri.

Verona responded nine minutes later when Matteo Pessina, on loan from Atalanta, made a late run into the box to pounce on Pierluigi Gollini’s parry and fire home emphatically his fourth goal since the restart and seventh of the season.

Atalanta, who would have wrapped up Champions League qualification with victory, nearly took all three points in stoppage time when Mario Pasalic’s effort from a cross went inches wide of the post.

In the other match on Saturday, Cagliari shared the spoils with Sassuolo in a 1-1 draw.

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