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Atalanta crush Torino with seven goals

27 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Josip Ilicic hit a hat-trick, including a sensational strike from the halfway line, as Atalanta crushed Torino 7-0 in Serie A on Saturday, inflicting the worst home defeat ever on their northern rivals who finished the match with nine men.

The Slovenian forward opened the scoring on 17 minutes, adding two more in quick-fire succession eight minutes after the break.

Substitute Luis Muriel also bagged a late brace to add to first-half goals by Robin Gosens and Duvan Zapata.

Torino played the final quarter of an hour a man down after Armando Izzo was sent off with Sasa Lukic joining him with just a minute to go.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta, who had taken just one point from their last two games, joined Roma in fourth place on 38 points.

Roma occupy the final Champions League spot on goal difference before they take on local rivals Lazio in Sunday’s derby in the Stadio Olimpico.

In-form Ilicic pounced on an early error from Torino defender Diego Laxalt.

Torino goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu denied Gosens and Remo Freuler before defender Gosens volleyed in the second just before the half hour.