Atalanta’s Josip Ilicic put on a masterclass to inspire his side to a 4-1 win at Benevento in Serie A and move it up to provisional fourth place in the standings on Saturday.
The Slovenian forward put the visitor ahead on the half-hour after skipping between two defenders in the box and firing through another’s legs to wrongfoot goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo.
Ilicic was close to adding a second with an explosive shot that crashed off the post but his good work was undone when the unmarked Marco Sau tapped in a cross to equalise for the hosts against the run of play early in the second half.
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However more Ilicic magic soon helped Atalanta back in front in the 69th as he played a one-two on the edge of the area with Cristian Romero before striking a shot that Montipo could only parry into the path of Rafael Toloi for a tap-in.