Record-breaking Berardi dedicates four-goal haul against Milan to cancer-stricken Acerbi

The on-loan 19-year-old Juventus forward was quick to bring up this Neroverdi colleague after his heroics against the Rossoneri
Domenico Berardi dedicated his historic four-goal haul against AC Milan on Sunday night to Sassuolo team-mate Francesco Acerbi, who is currently battling cancer.

Robinho and Mario Balotelli put the Rossoneri 2-0 up after just 13 minutes of play in Emilia-Romagna but the hosts came storming back, with their 19-year-old striker helping himself to a hat-trick by the break.

Berardi added another goal at the start of the second period and that ultimately earned struggling Sassuolo a crucial victory, with Riccardo Montolivo having set up a frantic finale with his 86th-minute strike.

"It is an evening I will certainly never forget," the on-loan Juventus striker told Sky Sport Italia.

"I am happy for the four goals, but above all because this was an important win for Sassuolo and we really needed that boost.

"I want to dedicate these four goals to Acerbi."

However, Berardi also singled out Sassuolo boss Eusebio Di Francesco for leading them out of the relegation zone with their upset victory over Milan.

"It has been a tough time this week with rumours about whether the coach would leave or not, so this win may well be decisive for his time here," the forward entnhused.

"We're glad to keep him, as he took us into Serie A and has a huge heart, just like the players."

Berardi, who has now bagged 11 goals in 14 league outings this term, also revealed that he got a fine souvenir after his second hat-trick of the season.

"I asked Kaka for his jersey, as my friend wanted it," he explained. "He's a great champion and I’m happy to have it even for a little while."