Icardi gives De Boer late re­lief

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MAURO ICARDI scored with two min­utes left to give In­ter Mi­lan a dra­matic 2-1 win over Torino which pos­si­bly saved be­lea­guered coach Frank de Boer’s job yes­ter­day.

De Boer, who has only been in charge for 13 games, was un­der threat af­ter In­ter lost their last three league games and club pres­i­dent Erick Tho­hir was in the crowd at the San Siro, hav­ing trav­elled from his na­tive In­done­sia, along with di­rec­tors of Chi­nese own­ers Sun­ing.

In­ter went ahead af­ter 35 min­utes when Torino goal­keeper Joe Hart an­tic­i­pated An­to­nio Can­dreva’s pass into the area but failed to hold the ball which re­bounded off Icardi and into the net.

Marcelo Bro­zovic and Can­dreva both missed clearcut chances be­fore Icardi res­cued In­ter, col­lect­ing Joao Mario’s pass with his back to the goal, wrig­gling free of his mark­ers and un­leash­ing an un­stop­pable shot on the turn which flew past Hart.

Ju­ven­tus made light work of Sam­p­do­ria as head­ers from Mario Mandzu­kic and Chiellini put them 2-0 ahead in just eight min­utes, for a 4-1 vic­tory.

It was not all plain sail­ing as a poor back pass by Chiellini al­lowed Den­nis Praet to set up Pa­trik Shick in the 57th minute.

But Mi­ralem Pjanic scored again for Juve and Chiellini made amends by head­ing a fourth from Juan Cuadrado’s cross.

Edin Dzeko scored two, tak­ing his league tally for the sea­son to 10, to help sec­ond­placed Roma come from be­hind and beat Sas­suolo 3-1 away.

Roma fell be­hind to a Paolo Can­navaro header in the 12th minute and trailed un­til the 57th minute when Dzeko broke down the left and scored with an an­gled shot.

Dzeko won and con­verted a penalty in the 76th minute, Radja Naing­golan added an­other two min­utes later to guide Roma to an im­pres­sive win.

In an­other matches, Ciro Im­mo­bile scored a brace as Lazio sailed to a 4-1 win over Cagliari. Napoli moved into third place by beat­ing lowly Em­poli 2-0. – Reuters

Mauro Icardi

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