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Ilicic and Skrtel celebrate with Atalanta


Atalanta concluded pre-season preparations with a 9-1 victory over Serie C outfit Monza, including a Josip Ilicic hat-trick and Martin Skrtel goal.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s men played their final summer friendly at the Zingonia training ground in Bergamo, which for the occasion was packed out with fans.

The Stadio Azzurri d’Italia, renamed the Gewiss Arena, is still undergoing restructuring work.

Duvan Zapata was brought down for a penalty, converted by Ilicic, then Mario Pasalic completed a counter-attack.

La Dea ran riot after the break, as Ilicic scored with a direct free kick, set up Papu Gomez and added a third goal late on.

Andrea Masiello, Musa Barrow, Ebrima Colley and even summer signing Skrtel rounded out the scoreline.

It’s a very heavy result for Monza, who lost 3-1 to Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia last week.

The Serie C outfit is owned by former Milan President Silvio Berlusconi, with Adriano Galliani as CEO and Cristian Brocchi on the bench.

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