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Fastest goal in Serie A history as Milan beats Sassuolo 2-1

AC Milan's Rafael Leao celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and AC Milan at the Mapei Sta...
Milan's Rafael Leao celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and Milan, at the Mapei st...
AC Milan's Alexis Saelemaekers, center, scores his side's 2nd goal during the Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and AC Milan at the Mapei Stadium ...
AC Milan's Alexis Saelemaekers celebrates after scoring his side's 2nd goal during the Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and AC Milan at the Mapei...
Milan coach Stefano Pioli gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and Milan, at the Mapei stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, S...
Inter Milan's head coach Antonio Conte follows the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Spezia, at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunda...
Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku, center left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's 2nd goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Mi...
Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku scores his side's 2nd goalform the penalty spot, during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Spezia, at the Sa...
Inter Milan's Achraf Hakimi celebrates with his teammate Ashley Young, left, after scoring his side's opening goal during the Serie A soccer match bet...
Inter Milan's Achraf Hakimi celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Spezia, at the Sa...

AC Milan's Rafael Leao celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and AC Milan at the Mapei Sta...

Milan's Rafael Leao celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and Milan, at the Mapei st...

AC Milan's Alexis Saelemaekers, center, scores his side's 2nd goal during the Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and AC Milan at the Mapei Stadium ...

AC Milan's Alexis Saelemaekers celebrates after scoring his side's 2nd goal during the Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and AC Milan at the Mapei...

Milan coach Stefano Pioli gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Sassuolo and Milan, at the Mapei stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy, S...

Inter Milan's head coach Antonio Conte follows the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Spezia, at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunda...

Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku, center left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's 2nd goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Mi...

Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku scores his side's 2nd goalform the penalty spot, during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Spezia, at the Sa...

Inter Milan's Achraf Hakimi celebrates with his teammate Ashley Young, left, after scoring his side's opening goal during the Serie A soccer match bet...

Inter Milan's Achraf Hakimi celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Spezia, at the Sa...

MILAN (AP) — Rafael Leão scored the fastest goal in Serie A history on Sunday, netting after just six seconds to set league leader AC Milan on the way to a 2-1 win at Sassuolo.

Alexis Saelemaekers scored Milan’s other goal as the Rossoneri remained a point clear of second-place Inter Milan, which beat promoted Spezia 2-1.

Roma can move level with third-place Juventus with a win at Atalanta later. Napoli was also playing later, at Lazio.

Milan was missing several top players, with a number of others joining star forward Zlatan Ibrahimović in the treatment room.

The average age of its starting lineup was again under 23 but it got off to the perfect start when Hakan Çalhanoğlu surged forward from kickoff and threaded the ball through to Leão, who fired it into the back of the net.

Statistics supplier Opta said the Portuguese youngster’s goal beat the previous record of eight seconds set by Piacenza’s Paolo Poggi against Fiorentina in 2001.

Milan later tweeted that Leão's goal was scored after precisely 6.2 seconds.

Leão thought he had turned provider in the ninth minute when he pulled back for Çalhanoğlu to turn in but it was ruled out because Saelemaekers was offside in the buildup.

Saelemaekers atoned for that in the 26th as he tapped in after being set up by Theo Hernández following a rapid counterattack.

Milan seemed to be heading for a comfortable win before Domenico Berardi’s free kick was deflected in, a minute from time, to set up a nervy finale.

IN-FORM INTER

Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku helped Inter to a sixth successive league win.

Inter was the in-form team in the league, while Spezia hadn’t won for more than a month.

However, it took Inter until seven minutes into the second half to break the deadlock with Hakimi firing in a smart pass from Lautaro Martínez.

Lukaku doubled Inter’s lead from the penalty spot after a handball from Sassuolo forward M’Bala Nzola.

Substitute Roberto Piccoli netted a consolation for Spezia in stoppage time with his first ever Serie A goal.

OTHER MATCHES

A costly mistake from Bologna goalkeeper Angelo Da Costa helped relegation-threatened Torino to a 1-1 draw at home to Bologna.

Torino climbed into 18th spot, four points from safety. Genoa is level on points after losing 2-0 at Benevento.

Also, Cagliari drew 1-1 against Udinese.

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Updated : 2021-01-18 04:08 GMT+08:00