Krzysztof Piatek looks to be firing AC Milan back into the Champions League.

By Associated Press
February 17, 2019

MILAN (AP) Krzysztof Piatek looks to be firing AC Milan back into the Champions League.

The Poland international scored twice as Milan came from behind to beat Atalanta 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday. Piatek has four goals from three league starts since joining Milan from Genoa in January for a reported 35 million euros ($40 million). He also scored two in the Italian Cup for the Rossoneri.

''I always believe in myself and I know that I can always score,'' Piatek said. ''But I admit that six goals in five games is a great number, more than I expected.''

Piatek has netted 17 times in Serie A, leaving him just two behind Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo on the goalscoring chart.

Milan remained in fourth place and the final Champions League qualifying berth, four points ahead of Atalanta as well as Roma and Lazio, which both have a game in hand.

''This team is like a family,'' Piatek said. ''When I arrived everyone was nice to me and I feel good here. I'm scoring and that's important. We work a lot during the week, and we're getting to know each other and our movement's better.''

Piatek netted his first goal of the night on the stroke of halftime with an absolutely stunning side-footed volley to level. He didn't even need to look at the goalmouth as he got in front of a defender onto Ricardo Rodriguez's cross.

Atalanta took the lead 12 minutes earlier when Remo Freuler's shot squirmed under Gianluigi Donnarumma's hand and in off the inside of the far post.

Hakan Calhanoglu fired Milan in front 10 minutes after the break with his first goal of the season, and Piatek headed in a corner in the 61st.

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