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SERIEA: Boateng helps fire Milan to win over Lecce

Reuters, MILAN, ITALY

AC Milan’s Kevin Boateng, right, vies for the ball with Lecce’s Guillermo Giacomazzi during their match in Lecce, Italy, yesterday.

Photo: AFP

Kevin-Prince Boateng scored a hat-trick within 18 minutes of coming on as a halftime substitute as AC Milan bounced back from being 3-0 behind to win 4-3 at Lecce in an astonishing Serie A match yesterday.

Mario Yepes’ 82nd minute header completed the fightback for the defending champions, who trailed to goals from Uruguayans Guillermo Giacomazzi and Carlos Grossmuller and a Massimo Oddo penalty after a shambolic first-half display.

The game changed completely when the ineffective Robinho was replaced by the heavily-tattooed Boateng at halftime.

The Ghana international fired in from close range within four minutes and scored with an exquisite first-time strike from 25m six minutes later.

He leveled with an opportunist goal in the 63rd minute when a rebound from Ignazio Abate’s shot landed at his feet.

Antonio Cassano’s delicate cross was headed in by Yepes.

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