AC Milan forward Rafael Leao has revealed that his record-breaking goal in the 2-1 win over Sassuolo was planned in training.
An injury-stricken Milan side produced the perfect response to their doubters as they ran out winners at the Mapei Stadium. It took the Rossoneri just over six seconds to get going as a remarkable run from kick-off allowed Rafael Leao to slot home and score a goal that broke several records.
A driving run down the centre from Hakan Calhanoglu allowed the Turk to roll the ball through to Rafael Leao, who slotted the ball past Consigli.
Leao’s goal was clocked at 6.2 seconds, a new Serie A record beating Paolo Poggi’s goal for Piacenza vs. Fiorentina in 2001 (8.1 seconds).
Leao spoke to Sky Italia after the game, with his comments transcribed by MilanNews.
“We are Milan, the match was very important. We had lost some points, this game was very important,” he said.
“We have to start strong right away to score as soon as possible. Was the goal prepared? Yes, we are always looking for a forward play, I’m happy for the team, we did a great job.”