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SERIEA: Boateng helps fire Milan to win over Lecce


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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