Serie A: Mario Pasalic nets 1st hat trick to help Atalanta beat Brescia 6-2

By: AP |

Updated: July 15, 2020 9:21:21 am

Atalanta and Brescia Atalanta’s Mario Pasalic celebrates after scoring a goal during a Serie A soccer match between Atalanta and Brescia, at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, Italy, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Gianluca Checchi/LaPresse via AP)

Mario Pašalić netted his first hat trick as Atalanta delivered another attacking masterclass to beat Brescia 6-2 Tuesday to move second in Serie A after a derby with an unusually poignant atmosphere.

Three of Atalanta’s goals came in five minutes in the first half after Brescia forward Ernesto Torregrossa had canceled out Pašalić’s second-minute opener.

Atalanta moved two points above Inter Milan and Lazio, which both have a game in hand. It is six points behind league leader Juventus, which has also played a match less.

“It’s the first time, it’s not bad to do it in a derby,” Pašalić said of his treble.

Atalanta has scored 93 league goals this season, 25 more than the next best attack in the league.

It has also all but secured another top-four finish and a second season in the Champions League as it has a 16-point advantage over fifth-place Roma.

But Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said there is still more to play for.

“We still have so many aims,” Gasperini said. “We want to get the best position in the table possible, we want to prepare for the Champions League in the best way possible … and then we have some records we can try to set, such as the most number of points for this club, number of goals, number of wins. There is really so much motivation.”