Serie A: Striker Krzysztof Piatek scores again as AC Milan keep Champions League ambitions on track with win over Empoli

Trigger happy Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek continued his goal-scoring spree in a 3-0 win for his new club AC Milan over lowly Empoli on Friday to keep their Champions League ambitions firmly on track.

Agence France-Presse February 23, 2019 13:20:27 IST
Serie A: Striker Krzysztof Piatek scores again as AC Milan keep Champions League ambitions on track with win over Empoli

Milan: Trigger happy Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek continued his goal-scoring spree in a 3-0 win for his new club AC Milan over lowly Empoli on Friday to keep their Champions League ambitions firmly on track.

The 23-year-old joined Milan from league rivals Genoa last month and has now scored seven goals in six matches, including a double in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.

Lucas Paqueta had a goal disallowed and Samu Castillejo forced two saves in the first half at the San Siro before Piatek broke through after 49 minutes.

Serie A Striker Krzysztof Piatek scores again as AC Milan keep Champions League ambitions on track with win over Empoli

AC Milan's Franck Kessie (L) celebrates with his teammate Krzysztof Piatek after scoring his side's second goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Empoli. AP

Franck Kessie added a second two minutes later with Spaniard Samuel Castillejo, who played a role in the first two goals, heading in the third on 67 minutes.

AC Milan consolidated fourth position in Serie A and pulled within a point of city rivals Inter Milan, in third, who travel to Fiorentina on Sunday.

"After a few years, Milan sees the light again," said coach Gennaro Gattuso.

The seven-time European champions last competed in the Champions League in the 2013-2014 season.

"I can't promise anything, I can only say that this is a young team with very interesting players, that gives me hope.

"We have to think match after match, without looking at the standings.

"These three points were not taken for granted," he added of the win over 17th-placed Empoli.

Gattuso's side claimed a third consecutive league win for the first time this season, scoring three goals in each game, to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games.

"People ask about pressure, but the only pressure is wearing the Milan jersey in this stadium," said former defensive midfielder Gattuso who won two Champions League titles with the club.

"It's true it has been years that we haven't played for something important, but we are here and want to go all the way."

Piatek has now scored 18 goals from 25 games this season, one fewer than Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.

"It is thanks to him, but also to the whole team that puts him in a position," said Gattuso.

AS Roma in fifth will look to keep pace with Milan on Saturday against struggling Frosinone.

Champions Juventus, who have a 13-point lead at the top of the table, are looking for a boost at struggling Bologna after their Champions League last 16, first leg defeat at Atletico Madrid during the week.

Napoli, in second, play at 12th-place Parma.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Champions League: Bayern to go ahead with Atletico Madrid fixture despite Serge Gnabry's positive COVID-19 test
Sports

Champions League: Bayern to go ahead with Atletico Madrid fixture despite Serge Gnabry's positive COVID-19 test

Bayern said Tuesday that the 25-year-old Gnabry was “doing well” and was in isolation at home. He had trained with the rest of the team earlier that day.

Serie A: Sassuolo climb to second after beating Bologna; Edin Dzeko scores brace in Roma's comeback win over Benevento
Sports

Serie A: Sassuolo climb to second after beating Bologna; Edin Dzeko scores brace in Roma's comeback win over Benevento

Roberto de Zerbi's Sassuolo had been trailing 3-1 after an hour, but three substitutions, including a first start for French midfielder Maxime Lopez, rescued three points for the visitors.

Serie A: Zlatan Ibrahimovic likely to miss Milan derby after testing positive for COVID-19 again
Sports

Serie A: Zlatan Ibrahimovic likely to miss Milan derby after testing positive for COVID-19 again

Ibrahimovic, who went into quarantine two weeks ago when he first tested positive, must test negative twice before he can return to the Milan squad, whose next game is the derby against Inter at the San Siro on 17 October.