In­ter notch sev­enth straight league win

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In­ter Mi­lan notched up their sev­enth suc­ces­sive Serie A vic­tory when two goals from Roberto Gagliar­dini helped them thump mid-ta­ble Genoa 5-0 at San Siro on Satur­day.

Mid­fielder Joao Mario, pre­vi­ously out of favour this sea­son, also played a key role as he set up three goals and scored one him­self.

The win sent In­ter back into sec­ond place with 25 points from 11 games, ahead of Napoli -- who beat Em­poli 5-1 on Fri­day -- on goal dif­fer­ence. In­ter are three points be­hind lead­ers Ju­ven­tus, who host Cagliari later on Satur­day.

In­ter took the lead when Joao Mario’s pass was swept home by Gagliar­dini in the 14th minute and two min­utes later the Por­tuguese Euro 2016 win­ner pro­duced a through ball for Mat­teo Poli­tano to poke a left-foot shot past keeper Ionut Radu. Genoa had given AC Mi­lan plenty of prob­lems when they lost 2-1 at the same sta­dium on Wednes­day but were to­tally over­run by In­ter who in­creased their lead three min­utes af­ter half­time.

Radu man­aged to save an Ivan Perisic shot at point­blank range but Gagliar­dini was on hand to turn in the re­bound.

Joao Mario capped a fine dis­play when he scored with low shot from the edge of the area in stop­page time and pro­vided a cross for Radja Naing­golan to head the fifth with the last move of the match.

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