Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

Winning the Scudetto was not on Milan’s list of objectives for this season, but investing this January would seem a wise move

Rafael Leão needed 6.76 seconds to score, and four hours to become a Serie A punchline. His goal for Milan against Sassuolo was the fastest ever in the Italian top flight, and across any of Europe’s top five leagues. When Luis Muriel found the net within a minute of coming on as a substitute in Atalanta’s game later that afternoon, his teammate Matteo Pessina leapt from the bench to chide him: “Who do you think you are? Leão?”

Over in Venice, meanwhile, the phone of Paolo Poggi would not stop buzzing. His strike for Piacenza against Fiorentina (8.9 seconds) had held the Serie A record for 19 years. “It took less than six seconds for that first message to arrive telling me,” he laughed. “But the difference in our game was that we didn’t take the kick-off.”

El atacante portugués de ascendencia angoleña, Rafael #Leao se convirtió en el futbolista que anota el gol más rápido en la historia de la Serie A con 6,7 segundos, antes, el record era de Paolo Poggi del Piacenza con 8,1 segundos el año 2001.

Milan score after just 6 SECONDS!

Unbelievable start for Pioli’s side as Rafael Leao scores straight from kick off ⚫

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Fiorentina 1-1 Verona, Sampdoria 3-1 Crotone, Parma 0-4 Juventus, Torino 1-1 Bologna, Benevento 2-0 Genoa, Cagliari 1-1 Udinese, Internazionale 2-1 Spezia, Sassuolo 1-2 Milan, Atalanta 4-1 RomaLazio 2-0 Napoli

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