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Sassuolo 4-3 Milan

Sassuolo v AC Milan

Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi scored four goals as AC Milan suffered an embarrassing defeat at the minnows in the first meeting between the clubs.

Robinho and Mario Balotelli netted as the 18-time Italian champions raced into a 2-0 lead after just 13 minutes.

Juventus loanee Berardi halved the lead instantly and completed his hat-trick before half-time to put Sassulo ahead.

He swept in again after the break and, after Riccardo Montolivo's late strike, the hosts held on.

An incredible game almost took another twist as Milan twice hit the woodwork in a tense finale, through Giampaolo Pazzini and debutant Keisuke Honda.

But 19-year-old Berardi's quadruple was enough to move Sassuolo, who are competing in the Italian top-flight for the first time this season, out of the relegation zone.

Defeat left struggling Milan in 11th place - just six points above the bottom three and 30 points behind leaders Juventus.

Milan looked to be easing to a second successive win as they took a 2-0 lead early on. First Robinho kept his calm to angle a ball into the bottom corner from Bryan Cristante's through ball before Balotelli converted from another Cristante pass.

Berardi pulled a goal back a minute later when he ran through to finish and he levelled just before the half hour mark with a crisp volley.

The striker, who signed for Juventus from Sassuolo in the summer before being loaned back, completed his second hat-trick of the season when he met Alessandro Longhi's cross on the half volley.

His fourth came after the break as he swept home from Jasmin Kurtic's pull-back and Montolivo's late angled drive was not enough to save Milan from a humiliating defeat.

While Sassuolo's official home has historically been the town's 4,008-capacity Stadio Enzo Ricci, this season has seen them ground-share with Reggiana at the Stadio Mapei, some 19 miles away because of league requirements.

Line-ups

Sassuolo

Formation 4-3-3

  • 79PegoloBooked at 79mins
  • 23GazzolaBooked at 64mins
  • 3Longhi
  • 4Magnanelli
  • 5AnteiBooked at 37mins
  • 6Ariaudo
  • 45Chibsah
  • 27KurticSubstituted forMarzoratiat 87'minutes
  • 10ZazaBooked at 59minsSubstituted forFloro Floresat 84'minutes
  • 25BerardiSubstituted forSchelottoat 78'minutes
  • 86ZieglerBooked at 43mins

Substitutes

  • 1Pomini
  • 2Pucino
  • 7Missiroli
  • 13Aladje Gomes De Pina
  • 16Valeri
  • 22Rosati
  • 24Marzorati
  • 37Schelotto
  • 70Farias
  • 83Floro Flores
  • 95Gliozzi

AC Milan

Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 32Abbiati
  • 2De SciglioBooked at 89mins
  • 28Emanuelson
  • 34de Jong
  • 17Zapata
  • 25BoneraBooked at 29mins
  • 23NocerinoSubstituted forPazziniat 55'minutes
  • 24CristanteSubstituted forMontolivoat 55'minutes
  • 45BalotelliBooked at 36mins
  • 22Dos Santos Leite
  • 7de SouzaSubstituted forHondaat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Mexes
  • 8Saponara
  • 9Matri
  • 10Honda
  • 11Pazzini
  • 13Rami
  • 16Poli
  • 18Montolivo
  • 26Silvestre
  • 35Coppola
  • 59Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 81Zaccardo
Referee:
Andrea De Marco

Match Stats

Home TeamSassuoloAway TeamAC Milan
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home12
Away16
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home23
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sassuolo 4, Milan 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sassuolo 4, Milan 3.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Milan. Nigel de Jong tries a through ball, but Daniele Bonera is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Urby Emanuelson (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Urby Emanuelson (Milan).

  6. Post update

    Antonio Floro Flores (Sassuolo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan).

  8. Post update

    Lino Marzorati (Sassuolo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Booking

    Mattia De Sciglio (Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Mattia De Sciglio (Milan).

  11. Post update

    Reto Ziegler (Sassuolo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) hits the bar with a header from very close range.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Milan) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Riccardo Montolivo with a cross.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Sassuolo. Lino Marzorati replaces Jasmin Kurtic.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mattia De Sciglio with a cross.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Sassuolo 4, Milan 3. Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nigel de Jong.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Sassuolo. Antonio Floro Flores replaces Simone Zaza.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Milan. Conceded by Marcello Gazzola.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Giampaolo Pazzini (Milan) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kaká.

  20. Post update

    Keisuke Honda (Milan) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Riccardo Montolivo.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 12th January 2014

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