Prodigious Piatek firing Milan back into the Champions League

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

The Poland international scored twice as Milan came from behind to beat Atalanta 3-1 in Italy's Serie A.

Piatek has four goals from four league games, three of them starts, since he joined Milan from Genoa in January. He also scored twice 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 goals coring chart.

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

"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."

Piatek netted his first goal of the night on the stroke of halftime with a stunning side-footed volley to level the score.

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.

Leonardo Pavoletti scored twice to help relegation-threatened Cagliari to a first victory of 2019.

Cagliari came from behind to beat Parma 2-1 and move six points clear of the relegation zone.

Juraj Kucka headed Parma in front five minutes from halftime but Pavoletti bundled in the equalizer in the 66th and headed in what proved to be the winner five minutes from halftime.

Cagliari midfielder Cagliari Joao Pedro was sent off late for two yellow cards in quick succession. The first for a foul on Kucka and the second for dissent immediately after the booking.

Source AAP