Milan hang on to beat Atalanta and close gap with leaders Napoli

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BERGAMO, Italy, Oct 3 (Reuters) – AC Milan continued their spectacular start to the Serie A season on Sunday, surviving a late Atalanta comeback to earn a 3-2 victory in Bergamo.

Milan raced into an early lead, with captain Davide Calabria poking home the ball on the second attempt after merely 28 seconds.

The hosts piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser nevertheless could not make plenty of chances rely, and Atalanta’s wastefulness proved dear as Sandro Tonali raced clear three minutes sooner than the break to double Milan’s profit.

Milan did not let up as Rafael Leao seemingly put the victory previous all doubt with a third goal with 12 minutes to go.

Duvan Zapata purchased Atalanta once more into the competitors from the penalty spot with 4 minutes left, sooner than Mario Pasalic ensured a nervy finish for Milan in stoppage time with a second goal for the hosts, however it certainly proved too little, too late.

A sixth victory from seven league video video games this season for second-placed Milan helped them to close the gap with leaders Napoli to two components, whereas Atalanta, who accomplished third behind Milan last time interval, are eighth after their first defeat in six matches in all competitions.

Reporting by Peter Hall; modifying by Clare Fallon

Soccer Football - Serie A - Atalanta v AC Milan - Stadio Atleti Azzurri, Bergamo, Italy - October 3, 2021 Atalanta's Teun Koopmeiners in action with AC Milan's Ante Rebic REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo

Soccer Football - Serie A - Atalanta v AC Milan - Stadio Atleti Azzurri, Bergamo, Italy - October 3, 2021 Atalanta's Duvan Zapata scores their first goal from the penalty spot REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo

Soccer Football - Serie A - Atalanta v AC Milan - Stadio Atleti Azzurri, Bergamo, Italy - October 3, 2021 AC Milan's Ante Rebic in action with Atalanta's Giuseppe Pezzella REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo

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