Leao makes history with goal in six seconds as AC Milan stay top of Serie A

MILAN (AFP) – AC Milan forward Rafael Leao scored the fastest-ever goal in Serie A history on Sunday, netting after just six seconds in a 2-1 win at Sassuolo which kept his side top of the table ahead of city rivals Inter Milan.

Milan, chasing a first Serie A title since 2011, launched straight onto the attack from kick-off, with Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu setting up Leao to slot home the rapid opener. The previous fastest goal in the Italian top flight had been Paolo Poggi’s for Piacenza against Fiorentina in December 2001 after eight seconds.

Milan have a one-point advantage on Antonio Conte’s Inter who beat Spezia 2-1, with champions Juventus four points behind the leaders in third after a 4-0 win over Parma on Saturday.

Atalanta came from behind to crush Roma 4-1 in Bergamo despite playing without captain Papu Gomez who has fallen out with coach Gian Piero Gasperini.

Atalanta, with a game in hand, are seventh in the table, 10 points off AC Milan.

Roma, in fourth, missed the chance to move level on points with Juventus, and are just ahead of Napoli who fell 2-0 at Champions League rivals Lazio.

Lazio are eighth, level on points with Atalanta.

AC Milan’s Rafael Leao celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during their match against Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia, Italy on December 20. PHOTO: AP