MX23RW : Tuesday, December 11 18:39:17
Mar 18, 2018 at 11.30am UK at ​Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris (Genova)
Attendance: 21,336
Sampdoria
0-5
Inter Milan
FT(HT: 0-4)
Perisic (26'), Icardi (30' pen., 31', 44', 51')

Result: Mauro Icardi nets four as Inter Milan climb into fourth place

Result: Icardi nets four as Inter climb into fourth
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Inter Milan beat Sampdoria 5-0 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, with star striker Mauro Icardi netting four of the goals.

Mauro Icardi scored four goals to inspire Inter Milan to a 5-0 victory over Sampdoria in Sunday's early Serie A clash at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

The Nerazzurri extended their solid run of form, which has seen them win three and draw one of their last five games, to climb into the top four.

Star striker Icardi netted a first-half hat-trick and then added to his tally early in the second period, as Inter piled more misery on European-chasing Sampdoria following their 4-1 loss at Crotone last time out.

Home keeper Emiliano Viviano was needed to keep out Ivan Perisic from close range early on, as well as a Danilo D'Ambrosio header, before Joao Cancelo curled a free kick onto the crossbar.

A dominant Inter soon edged in front through Perisic's looping header from 10 yards, sparking what would prove to be an onslaught.

Having failed to find the net since the start of January prior to today, Icardi scored the first of a 14-minute hat-trick on the half-hour mark from the penalty spot after Rafinha was bundled over.

The Argentina international's second came via a backheel from inside the six-yard box, and the third soon followed as he blasted the ball home after Viviano parried it into his path.

Sampdoria, who had earlier hit the bar through a Duvan Zapata attempt, found themselves five behind just six minutes into the second half as Icardi sent a half-volley into the ground and over Viviano.

Half a chance came and went for Antonio Candreva to add to the scoring, but his miss from a promising position would ultimately not matter, with Inter cruising through the remainder of the match to remain in Champions League contention.

Sampdoria (4-3-1-2): Viviano; Bereszynski (Verre 34'), Silvestre, Ferrari, Murru; Barreto (Regini 54'), Torreira, Praet; Ramirez (Caprari 50'); Quagliarella, Duvan Zapata

Inter Milan (4-2-3-1): Handanovic; Cancelo, Skriniar, Miranda, D'Ambrosio; Gagliardini, Brozovic; Candreva (Vecino 78'), Rafinha (Valero 80'), Perisic; Icardi (Eder 66')

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1Juventus1514103282443
2Napoli15112232141835
3Inter Milan1592427131429
4AC Milan157532418626
5Lazio157442218425
6Torino155731916322
7Atalanta BCAtalanta156362920921
8Parma156361619-321
9Roma155642620621
10SassuoloSassuolo155642422221
11Sampdoria155552319420
12Fiorentina154742116519
13CagliariCagliari153841519-417
14Genoa154472030-1016
15Empoli154471926-716
16SPALSPAL154381424-1015
17Udinese153481321-813
18Bologna152581324-1111
19FrosinoneFrosinone151591133-228
20AC Chievo VeronaChievo150691232-203

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