Icardi breaks goal drought by scoring four in Inter rout

Reuters , Sunday 18 Mar 2018

Sampdoria's forward Duvan Zapata from Colombia (L) fights for the ball with Inter Milan's defender Joao Cancelo from Portugal (R) during the Italian Serie A football match Sampdoria Vs Inter Milan on March 18, 2018 at the 'San Siro Stadium' in Milan. (Photo: AFP)

 Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi ended his two-month goal drought in style by scoring four times to help them wallop Sampdoria 5-0 away in Serie A on Sunday.

Icardi's haul included a 14-minute first half hat-trick as he took his tally for the season to 22 and gave Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli a timely reminder of his scoring prowess.

Ivan Perisic opened the scoring with a looping header in the 26th minute before Icardi, playing against his former club, did the rest.

He converted a penalty on the half hour for his 100th Serie A goal, then scored with a back-heel after Perisic's cross was deflected into his path and completed his sixth Serie A hat-trick from close range in the 44th minute.

Sampdoria gifted the fifth as Edgar Barreto, in no danger, sliced an attempted clearance high into the air, the home defence hesitated and Icardi volleyed his effort into the ground but the ball bounced up and looped into the net.

Inter moved into fourth place with 55 points, two ahead of Lazio who were at home to Bologna in a later game.

Icardi played for Argentina in their World Cup qualifiers last September and October but was overlooked for this month's friendlies against Spain and Italy.

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