Conor Clancy Date: 14th July 2020 at 11:32pm
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Mario bagged a hat-trick for Atalanta as they further highlighted the gulf in class between themselves and Derby Lombardy rivals Brescia with a 6-2 win on Tuesday evening.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, despite the coach making seven changes to his starting XI, got back to winning ways after their 2-2 draw with Juventus on Saturday ended their nine-game winning run.

Pasalic, who had scored twice in a 3-0 win in the return fixture back in November, opened the scoring in the second minute after being found by Ruslan Malinovskyi.

A defensive lapse from Mattia Caldara allowed to equalise after eight minutes.

Marten de Roon was on the end of a cutback to restore the hosts’ advantage with an uncharacteristic finish that showed great technical proficiency and Malinovskyi afforded them breathing room with a trademark long-range effort.

It was 4-1 with just 30 minutes played thanks to a close-range header from Duvan Zapata, who bagged his 16th of the season.

Then Pasalic took over after the break. He made it five as Malinovskyi added another assist before the Croatian completed his hat-trick and Atalanta’s sixth before an hour had been played.

Gasperini made even more changes as the game wore on, handing teenager Piccoli and third-choice goalkeeper Francesco Rossi their appearances of the season, as well as allowing 20-year-old Ebrima Colley to play the entire second half.

Nikolas Spalek grabbed a consolation goal late on for Brescia.

Atalanta are now second in Serie A and 49 points ahead of their local rivals, who sit second bottom and above only SPAL.