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Icardi’s Hat-Trick Seals Milan Derby for Inter

A Icardi shows his jersey to fans as he celebrates after scoring his 3rd goal against AC Milan.A Icardi shows his jersey to fans as he celebrates after scoring his 3rd goal against AC Milan.

Mauro Icardi completed a superb hat-trick from the penalty spot in the final minute as Inter snatched a pulsating 3-2 win over AC Milan in the Milan Derby on Sunday.

Undefeated Inter took sole possession of second place, moving two points behind perfect Napoli and three ahead of six-time defending champion Juventus and Lazio, AP reported.

Milan, which was bought by a Chinese-led consortium in April, spent more than 200 million euros (nearly $250 million) on new players in the offseason. But after a strong start to the season, the Rossoneri have lost three straight and sit 10th with half as many points as Napoli.

Leonardo Bonucci, the centerpiece of Milan’s massive overhaul, was beaten for Icardi’s opener midway through the first half.

On his first touch in the opponent’s box, Icardi redirected a tremendous cross from Antonio Candreva as Bonucci trailed behind.

Icardi barely touched the ball but somehow landed it in the far corner.

Candreva had already hit the crossbar 13 minutes in at the San Siro, less than a week after he scored the only goal in Italy’s win over Albania.

Andre Silva – one of the 11 new players Milan signed – hit the post for Milan shortly before Suso scored in the 56th with a long, bouncing shot from beyond the area.

After the hour mark, Icardi got his second by again redirecting a cross into the far corner, this time with a volley following Ivan Perisic’s pass.

Bonaventura slid in at the far post and made it 2-2 in the 81st but then Ricardo Rodriguez was shown yellow for a clear foul on Danilo D’Ambrosio and Icardi converted the spot kick.

 

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