Icardi misses penalty as In­ter loses 2-1 to Cagliari

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In­ter Mi­lan cap­tain Mauro Icardi can do no right, it seems, and yes­ter­day added a missed a penalty to his woes as his side was beaten 2-1 by Cagliari.

Icardi had had a fan­tas­tic start to the sea­son, with six goals in seven matches, but an­gered the In­ter ul­tras with com­ments in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, which the fans called “lies” in a lengthy state­ment.

The Ar­gentina for­ward at­tempted to pla­cate the fans with a state­ment of his own on so­cial me­dia but he was jeered as he walked out ahead of the match, and was greeted by in­sult­ing ban­ners about him in the San Siro.

In­ter Vice-Pres­i­dent and club le­gend Javier Zanetti said the club would take ac­tion and hinted it could even strip Icardi of the cap­taincy.

In­ter fans even cheered af­ter Icardi sent his penalty woe­fully wide of the right post in the 26th minute af­ter he had been pushed over by Bruno Alves.

Joao Mario gave In­ter the lead 10 min­utes af­ter half­time, find­ing Ivan Perisic and then racing into the box to col­lect the re­turn pass. Cagliari goal­keeper Marco Storari saved his ini­tial ef­fort but Joao Mario tapped in the re­bound.

How­ever, Fed­erico Mel­chiorri lev­elled in the 71st and had a hand in the sec­ond, five min­utes from time, as his de­flected cross was turned in by In­ter goal­keeper Samir Han­danovic.

Mel­chiorri has now scored two goals in his only two Serie A matches af­ter a dif­fi­cult few years that saw him un­dergo brain surgery and also re­turn from a se­ri­ous knee in­jury.

Cagliari, which won the sec­ond di­vi­sion last sea­son, moved above In­ter into sev­enth spot.

LAZIO 1 BOLOGNA 1

Lazio could have moved sec­ond in Serie A, in­stead it needed a con­tro­ver­sial last-gasp penalty to res­cue a point against Bologna.

Bologna took the lead in the 10th minute when Si­mone Verdi whipped in a free kick from the right flank and Filip He­lander stretched out a leg to poke it past Fed­erico Marchetti at the far post.

Lazio, which also hit the wood­work, thought it had lev­elled in the 69th but goalline tech­nol­ogy showed the ball had not crossed the line - spar­ing the blushes of Erick Pul­gar, whose back­pass set up the chance.

The cap­i­tal club did level in the sixth minute of stop­page time when Ciro Im­mo­bile con­verted from the spot with the last kick of the game.

How­ever, tele­vi­sion re­plays showed it was a harsh de­ci­sion against Bologna de­fender Mar­ios Oikonomou be­cause Lazio de­fender Wal­lace ap­peared to dive.

OTHER MATCHES

Bot­tom club Cro­tone ap­peared to be head­ing for its first ever Serie A win af­ter on-loan for­ward Diego Fal­cinelli gave it a sec­ond-minute lead against his par­ent club Sas­suolo.

How­ever, sub­sti­tutes Ste­fano Sensi and Pietro Iem­mello scored in the fi­nal seven min­utes to pull out a 2-1 win.

Both teams also hit the wood­work twice.

Else­where, 10-man Genoa drew 0-0 against Em­poli, as did Fiorentina against Ata­lanta.

CHIEVO 1 AC MI­LAN 3

AC Mi­lan joined Roma in sec­ond place in the evening af­ter their 3-1 away win against ChievoVerona.

The two clubs have 16 points, five adrift of Serie A lead­ers Ju­ven­tus who have 21.

Mi­lan were in com­mand but had to wait till just be­fore the in­ter­val to take the lead thanks to a splen­did goal from Kucka.

Niang gave Mi­lan a two-goal lead at the start of the sec­ond half as he beat Sor­rentino.

The home side got back into the game on the 76th minute when Birsa beat goalie Don­narumma with a splen­did shot direct from a free­kick.

In added time, a Bacca shot was de­vi­ated into his own net by Dainelli for Mi­lan’s third goal.

Chievo Verona-AC Mi­lan . . . . . . . . . 1-3 Kucka (M) 45, Niang (M) 46, Birsa (C) 76 Dainelli (M) og 90 To­day Palermo-Torino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ju­ven­tus AS Roma AC Mi­lan Napoli Lazio Chievo Cagliari Genoa Sas­suolo Torino In­ter Mi­lan Bologna Ata­lanta Fiorentina Sam­p­do­ria Pescara Udi­nese Palermo Em­poli Cro­tone

Lega Pro A P 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 8 7 8 8 8 7 8 8 8 7 8 8 W 7 5 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 1 2 1 1 0 D 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 0 2 2 2 1 3 2 4 1 3 2 1 L F A Pts 1 17 5 21 2 19 10 16 2 15 11 16 2 15 9 14 2 14 8 14 3 10 9 13 3 13 14 13 1 8 5 12 4 11 13 12 2 13 8 11 3 10 10 11 3 9 12 11 4 10 12 10 2 6 6 9 4 8 11 8 3 8 11 7 5 7 14 7 3 4 8 6 5 2 11 5 7 6 18 1

Yes­ter­day Cre­monese-Ol­bia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1 Giana Er­minio-Viterbese . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Pi­a­cenza-Tut­tocuoio . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0 Prato-Pro Pi­a­cenza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0 Siena-Livorno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0 Alessan­dria-Pis­toiese . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1 Arezzo-Racing Roma . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0 Car­rarese-Re­nate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0 Como-Luc­ch­ese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0 Pon­tendera-Lupa Roma . . . . . . . . . . 0-0

Lega Pro C

Yes­ter­day Akra­gas-F. An­dria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Caser­tana-Reg­gina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2 Melfi-Cata­nia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Mo­nop­oli-Messina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1 Vi­bonese-Sira­cusa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0 Cosenza-Pa­ganese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1 Juve Stabia-Fog­gia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Lecce-V. Fran­cav­illa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-0 Mat­era-Catan­zaro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-0 Taranto-Fondi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-2

From left, Cagliari’s Ni­cola Murru, Luca Cep­pitelli and Si­mone Padoin cel­e­brate at the end of their match against In­ter Mi­lan Photo: AP

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