In­ter beats Genoa 5-0 for 7th straight Serie A vic­tory

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

In­ter Mi­lan is prov­ing to be a se­ri­ous threat to Ju­ven­tus' bid for an eighth suc­ces­sive Serie A ti­tle.

Roberto Gagliar­dini scored twice and Mat­teo Poli­tano, Joao Mario, and Radja Naing­golan added the other goals as In­ter beat Genoa 5-0 yes­ter­day to move to within three points of Serie A leader Ju­ven­tus, which hosted Cagliari late.

The sev­enth suc­ces­sive win for In­ter moved the Ner­az­zurri level on points with Napoli, which beat Em­poli 5-1 on Fri­day.

The re­sult will boost In­ter's con­fi­dence for Tues­day's Cham­pi­ons League game at home with Barcelona. The Cata­lan club beat In­ter 2-0 two weeks ago.

Genoa, the only team to have taken points off Ju­ven­tus this sea­son, re­mained 11th but only four points off fourth spot.

In­ter cap­tain Mauro Icardi was rested for the match, while Genoa for­ward Krzysztof Pi­atek was sur­pris­ingly also on the bench de­spite hav­ing scored a lead­ing nine goals.

In­ter took con­trol with two goals in as many min­utes — both of them fol­low­ing mis­takes by the Genoa de­fense.

Genoa failed to clear a ball in the area and Davide Bi­raschi in­ad­ver­tently de­flected Joao Mario's pass to Gagliar­dini, who swept in from six yards.

Mo­ments later, Darko La­zovic com­pletely mis­kicked his at­tempt at clear­ing Joao Mario's through-ball and Poli­tano ran on and slot­ted it past Genoa goal­keeper Ionut Radu — who is on loan from In­ter.

Genoa of­fered lit­tle, even when Pi­atek was sent on for for­mer In­ter for­ward Go­ran Pan­dev, five min­utes into the sec­ond half.

By that point In­ter was even fur­ther ahead. Radu did well to claw Ivan Perisic's at­tempt off the line but Gagliar­dini fired in the re­bound.

Gagliar­dini had sev­eral chances to com­plete his hat trick be­fore Joao Mario capped off a good per­for­mance with a lovely fin­ish into the bot­tom right cor­ner in stop­page time.

There was still time for In­ter to score a fifth as Joao Mario sent in a cross for Naing­golan to head in, hav­ing come off the bench min­utes ear­lier for his first ap­pear­ance since in­jur­ing his an­kle in the derby against AC Mi­lan last month.

Alessan­dro Florenzi scored late on to res­cue a 1-1 draw for Roma at Fiorentina.

Roma seemed to be head­ing for de­feat when, five min­utes from full­time, Fiorentina goal­keeper Al­ban La­font par­ried Alek­san­dar Ko­larov's cross straight at Flo- renzi, who lev­eled with a scuffed vol­ley.

Jor­dan Veretout gave Fiorentina the lead in the first half with a con­tro­ver­sial penalty af­ter Roma goal­keeper Robin Olsen was judged to have brought down Gio­vanni Sime­one.

Both teams are two points be­hind fourth-placed Mi­lan.

Roma vis­its CSKA Moscow in the Cham­pi­ons League on Wed­nes­day.

Cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus main­tained their lead with an­other vic­tory this time against Cagliari 3-1.

In­ter’s Gagliar­dini cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing one of his side’s goals

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