Icardi strikes twice as Inter Milan see off Cagliari to go top
Cagliari 1 - 3 Inter Milan

Icardi strikes twice as Inter Milan see off Cagliari to go top

25/11/2017

Inter Milan moved to the top of the Serie A table with a hard-fought 3-1 victory against a resurgent Cagliari on Saturday night.

Buoyed since the arrival of Diego Lopez as coach and with nine points from the previous four matches, the Sardinians started confidently and it might have been a different story had they taken an early lead, but Samir Handanovic somehow clawed a volley from the unmarked Leonardo Pavoletti away from the goal line.

A change in formation from Inter boss Luciano Spalletti, instructing his team to switch from 4-2-3-1 to 3-5-1-1, eased the flow of attacks from the hosts and brought the opening goal against the run of play after 29 minutes. Antonio Candreva's cross was knocked back across goal by Ivan Perisic for Mauro Icardi to tap in.

Marcelo Brozovic doubled the lead early in the second half as Inter closed in on a fifth straight league win at Cagliari.

However, Leonardo Pavoletti reduced the deficit midway through the second half and, with their tails up, Lopez's side once again attacked in waves.

But it was to no avail as Icardi popped up with his 15th goal of the campaign seven minutes from time to restore the two-goal cushion and seal victory.

Related news

Inter Milan steal victory, Champions League berth from Lazio in season finale

Inter Milan steal victory, Champions League berth from Lazio in season finale

Inter Milan came from behind to snatch the final Champions League place in their 3-2 winner-takes-all victory at Lazio.

AC Milan thump Fiorentina to qualify for Europa League as Calhanoglu, Cutrone star

AC Milan thump Fiorentina to qualify for Europa League as Calhanoglu, Cutrone star

AC Milan qualified for the Europa League group stage on the final day in Serie A, following a 5-1 win over Fiorentina.

Gianluigi Buffon gives emotional farewell as Juventus sign off with win

Gianluigi Buffon gives emotional farewell as Juventus sign off with win

Gianluigi Buffon said an emotional farewell to Juventus as the veteran goalkeeper marked his 640th and last Serie A appearance in a 2-1 victory over relegated Hellas Verona.

Juventus claim seventh consecutive Serie A title after goalless draw at Roma

Juventus claim seventh consecutive Serie A title after goalless draw at Roma

Juventus clinched a seventh straight Serie A title to continue their dominance in Italy despite labouring to a 0-0 draw at 10-man Roma.

Lazio miss chance to clinch Champions League place

Lazio miss chance to clinch Champions League place

Lazio missed a chance to clinch the fourth and final Italian place in next season's Champions League group stage when they were held to a 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Crotone on Sunday.

Inter Milan's hopes of Champions League qualification take major hit with loss

Inter Milan's hopes of Champions League qualification take major hit with loss

Inter Milan's Champions League hopes suffered a huge blow as Sassuolo shocked them again at the San Siro in Serie A on Saturday.

Juventus rout AC Milan to win Coppa Italia again

Juventus rout AC Milan to win Coppa Italia again

Juventus crushed AC Milan 4-0 in the Coppa Italia final to move to the brink of a domestic double.

Napoli all but hand Juventus Serie A title after Torino draw

Napoli all but hand Juventus Serie A title after Torino draw

Napoli's hopes of denying Juventus the Serie A title are virtually over after they conceded a late equaliser at home to Torino.

Inter Milan stroll past Udinese to boost Champions League push

Inter Milan stroll past Udinese to boost Champions League push

Inter Milan gave their top-four hopes a shot in the arm with a convincing 4-0 win at 10-man Udinese.

RELATED NEWS

Inter Milan steal victory, Champions League berth from Lazio in season finale
Lazio 2 - 3 Inter Milan

Inter Milan steal victory, Champions League berth from Lazio in season finale

Inter Milan came from behind to snatch the final Champions League place in their 3-2 winner-takes-all victory at Lazio.

AC Milan thump Fiorentina to qualify for Europa League as Calhanoglu, Cutrone star
AC Milan 5 - 1 Fiorentina

AC Milan thump Fiorentina to qualify for Europa League as Calhanoglu, Cutrone star

AC Milan qualified for the Europa League group stage on the final day in Serie A, following a 5-1 win over Fiorentina.

Gianluigi Buffon gives emotional farewell as Juventus sign off with win
Juventus 2 -1 Verona

Gianluigi Buffon gives emotional farewell as Juventus sign off with win

Gianluigi Buffon said an emotional farewell to Juventus as the veteran goalkeeper marked his 640th and last Serie A appearance in a 2-1 victory over relegated Hellas Verona.

Juventus claim seventh consecutive Serie A title after goalless draw at Roma
Roma 0 - 0 Juventus

Juventus claim seventh consecutive Serie A title after goalless draw at Roma

Juventus clinched a seventh straight Serie A title to continue their dominance in Italy despite labouring to a 0-0 draw at 10-man Roma.

Lazio miss chance to clinch Champions League place
Crotone 2 - 2 Lazio

Lazio miss chance to clinch Champions League place

Lazio missed a chance to clinch the fourth and final Italian place in next season's Champions League group stage when they were held to a 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Crotone on Sunday.

Inter Milan's hopes of Champions League qualification take major hit with loss
Inter Milan 1 - 2 Sassuolo

Inter Milan's hopes of Champions League qualification take major hit with loss

Inter Milan's Champions League hopes suffered a huge blow as Sassuolo shocked them again at the San Siro in Serie A on Saturday.

Juventus rout AC Milan to win Coppa Italia again
Juventus 4 - 0 AC Milan

Juventus rout AC Milan to win Coppa Italia again

Juventus crushed AC Milan 4-0 in the Coppa Italia final to move to the brink of a domestic double.

Napoli all but hand Juventus Serie A title after Torino draw
Napoli 2 - 2 Torino

Napoli all but hand Juventus Serie A title after Torino draw

Napoli's hopes of denying Juventus the Serie A title are virtually over after they conceded a late equaliser at home to Torino.

Inter Milan stroll past Udinese to boost Champions League push
Udinese 0 - 4 Inter

Inter Milan stroll past Udinese to boost Champions League push

Inter Milan gave their top-four hopes a shot in the arm with a convincing 4-0 win at 10-man Udinese.

DERBY OF THE WEEK
Real Madrid - Liverpool - Champions League Final
Derby of the week
20:45
26/05/2018
Derby of the week
W 2.20    
   W 3.00
The odds are correct at the time of publishing
05-14-2018 09:00 and are subject to change
Football Live Scores
Tennis Live Scores