Icardi brace res­cues De Boer

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Mauro Icardi may well have res­cued Frank de Boer’s In­ter job with a brace to sink Sin­isa Mi­ha­jlovic’s Torino 2-1.

This was the last chance sa­loon for De Boer after three con­sec­u­tive Serie A de­feats and he hosted a Toro side un­beaten in six. Gary Medel started a three-match ban with Ge­of­frey Kon­dog­bia in­jured, while Ever Banega re­turned to push Ivan Perisic on to the bench. Torino missed Le­an­dro Cas­tan, but Adem Lja­jic and Sin­isa Mi­ha­jlovic were ea­ger to make a point against their for­mer club. So was Maxi Lopez, the ex­hus­band of Mauro Icardi’s wife Wanda Nara, as the pair had a bit­ter fall­ing out.

Toro had won the last two edi­tions of this fix­ture and were com­fort­ably on bet­ter form go­ing in, so con­fi­dence among the home fans was low.

Joao Mario and An­to­nio Can­dreva’s vol­ley whis­tled just wide, while Eder blasted over and Mauro Icardi just failed to get his head to a Can­dreva cross.

In­ter took the lead when Can- dreva’s through ball al­lowed Icardi to spring the off­side trap and Joe Hart seemed to get to it first, but meekly pushed it on to the Ar­gen­tine’s shin and it ric­o­cheted into the net.

An Adem Lja­jic free kick hit the wall after Joao Mi­randa was rather fool­ishly caught in pos­ses­sion. Marcelo Bro­zovic wasted a counter by fir­ing it straight at Hart, then turn­ing the re­bound on to the roof of the net.

It proved costly, as An­drea Belotti made the most of some com­i­cal de­fend­ing to draw Torino level. He chested for­ward a long ball, Cris­tian An­saldi and Jei­son Murillo lit­er­ally ran into each other and Il Gallo was free to smash into the roof of the net.

Bro­zovic some­how failed to score when his header a yard from an open goal was straight at the back of Emil­iano Moretti on the line.

Can­dreva also missed a sit­ter, nod­ding wide from Eder’s cross, and Luca Ros­set­tini flung him­self in the way of another Can­dreva strike.

Just as it seemed to be head­ing to­wards a stale­mate, Icardi came to the res­cue. The Ar­gen­tine gath­ered from Joao Mario with his back to goal, turned the de­fender show­ing great strength and hit a rocket into the top corner from 14 yards. Ju­ven­tus AS Roma Napoli AC Mi­lan Lazio Ata­lanta Genoa Torino Chievo In­ter Fiorentina Bologna Sas­suolo Cagliari Sam­p­do­ria Udi­nese Pescara Palermo Em­poli Cro­tone 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 9 10

9 10 10 8 7 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 3 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 3 1 3 3 3 2 4 4 1 1 2 1 4 3 3 2 2 21 7 24 2 26 12 22 2 19 10 20 3 16 14 19 2 20 11 18 4 13 13 16 2 12 7 15 3 20 13 15 3 11 10 15 4 13 13 14 2 12 10 13 3 11 14 13 5 13 17 13 5 17 23 13 5 11 16 11 5 10 15 10 5 9 15 7 5 6 16 6 6 2 13 6 8 8 21 2 Malmo beat Falken­berg 3-0 yes­ter­day, thanks to goals from Jo Inge Ber­get, Mat­tias Svan­berg and Alexan­der Jere­me­j­eff, to se­cure its 19th Swedish cham­pi­onship with two rounds re­main­ing in the spring-fall Allsven­skan league.

Se­cond-placed Nor­rkop­ing lost to Elfs­borg and dropped seven points be­hind Malmo in the league ta­ble with six points left to play for.

In­ter Mi­lan’s Mauro Icardi cel­e­brates after scor­ing yes­ter­day Photo: AP

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