Italian Serie A

Serie A round-up: Joe Hart howler sees Mauro Icardi go from zero to hero for Inter as his double sinks Torino

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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 October, 2016, 10:26am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 October, 2016, 10:26am

Mauro Icardi ended the longest goalscoring drought of his Inter Milan career with two goals that may have saved the job of coach Frank De Boer.

Inter had lost three successive Serie A matches and De Boer was reportedly on the verge of being fired but Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Torino has likely given the Dutch manager some respite.

Icardi had made a fantastic start to the season, with six goals in seven matches, but had not scored for six games in all competition.

The Argentine forward ended that run in the 35th minute, thanks in part to a bad mistake by England goalkeeper Joe Hart, who is on loan from Manchester City.

Icardi beat the offside trap to run onto Antonio Candreva’s through ball. Hart rushed out and appeared to save the ball but only succeeded in pushing it onto Icardi and it ricocheted into the back of the net.

Inter gifted Torino the equaliser shortly after the hour when Andrea Belotti flicked on a long ball and Inter defenders Cristian Ansaldi and Jeison Murillo fell over each other, allowing the Italy forward to fire into the far side of the net.

Icardi snatched all three points for his team two minutes from time with a stunning strike, carving out space just inside the area before curling into the top left corner.

Juventus bounced back from a shock defeat to AC Milan at the weekend.

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The Serie A leaders and reigning champions thrashed Cagliari 4-0 after their only other league defeat and it appeared as if Sampdoria were in for similar punishment when Juventus went 2-0 up inside nine minutes.

Mario Mandzukic netted his first goal of the season in the fourth minute, heading in Juan Cuadrado’s cross, and Giorgio Chiellini nodded in Miralem Pjanic’s corner shortly after.

Patrik Schick got Sampdoria back into the match in the 57th but Pjanic restored Juve’s two-goal advantage seven minutes later and Chiellini doubled his tally late on.

The match was also Claudio Marchisio’s first in more than six months after the Italy midfielder tore his cruciate ligament in April forcing him to miss the European Championship.

Marchisio went off in the 72nd minute to resounding applause from the Juventus Stadium.

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Edin Dzeko continued to astound with another double to take him to the top of the goalscoring charts.

Dzeko’s first season was full of disappointment after Roma signed him from Manchester City in August 2015. But the Bosnia and Herzegovina forward has now scored 10 league goals in as many matches this season – two more than he netted in his 31 previous appearances.

Paolo Cannavaro headed Sassuolo in front in the 12th minute but Dzeko levelled in the 57th with an angled strike into the far corner.

He doubled his tally from the penalty spot in the 75th after being tripped by Pol Lirola, who had just come on for Roma.

Radja Nainggolan sealed the win three minutes later, tapping in the rebound after Andrea Consigli could only parry Stephan El Shaarawy’s effort.

The party mood was ended shortly before full-time when Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi was stretchered off the pitch in tears after appearing to seriously injure his knee.

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Roma remain second, two points behind Juventus.

Napoli are just two points further back, in third, adding more excitement to the eagerly-anticipated match against Juventus on Saturday.

Maurizio Sarri’s side found it tougher than expected but eventually broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half when Jose Callejon’s cross was deflected, allowing Dries Mertens to turn in at the far post.

Both goalkeepers made stunning saves before Vlad Chiriches sealed matters eight minutes from time, tapping in Marek Hamsik’s corner at the back post.

Pescara’s match against Atalanta and Fiorentina’s game against Crotone were both temporarily halted because of an earthquake and a waterlogged pitch.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 struck central Italy about 90 minutes before kick-off and there was a second one, measuring 6.1, 32 minutes into the match in Pescara.

After several minutes of concern, the match resumed and Atalanta went on to win 1-0.

The match in Florence was suspended in the 18th minute as heavy rain made the pitch unplayable, with players sliding everywhere.

Diego Falcinelli gave Crotone a surprise lead shortly after it resumed, approximately 40 minutes later, but Davide Astori ensured it finished 1-1 when he bundled in the equaliser five minutes from time.

Elsewhere, Lazio beat Cagliari 4-1 and Bologna drew 1-1 at Chievo Verona.