December 29, 2018 / 4:54 PM / 23 days ago

Substitute Ilicic scores hat-trick in Atalanta rout

MILAN (Reuters) - Atalanta forward Josip Ilicic came off the bench to score a hat-trick in the last 20 minutes and lead Serie A’s dark horses to a 6-2 rout away to Sassuolo on Saturday.

Duvan Zapata headed Atalanta in front from an Alejandro Gomez free kick in the 19th minute and Gomez himself added the second with a deflected shot three minutes before halftime.

There were three goals in a seven-minute spell early in the second half as Alfred Duncan pulled one back for Sassuolo, Gianluca Mancini restored Atalanta’s two-goal lead and then Duncan struck again.

With the game on a knife-edge, Ilicic was brought on in the 63rd minute and the Slovenian became the first player to score a hat-trick in Serie A from the substitutes’ bench since 2011.

He opened his account with an angled shot in the 74th minute, added a second with three minutes left following an exchange of passes with Gomez and completed his hat-trick on the counter-attack in stoppage time.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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