Leao scores fastest ever Serie A goal to set up Milan win

Milan tweeted Rafael Leão's goal was scored after precisely 6.2 seconds. It beat the previous record of eight seconds set by Piacenza’s Paolo Poggi against Fiorentina in 2001.

Rafael Leao

Rafael Leao of AC Milan celebrates after scoring the team's first goal during a Serie A match against Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium - Città del Tricolore on Sunday.   -  Getty Images

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.

“Yes, it’s not like we’re brushing our dolls,” said Milan coach Stefano Pioli, when asked if Milan had prepared the goal in training.

“We prepare ourselves, we study our opponents and we try things to put them in difficulty. Today, it went well.”

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

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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.

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 the 21-year-old 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 made up 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.

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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