Argentina supporters may not have had much opportunity to see Mauro Icardi as their new number nine last week but back in Italy the centre forward proved just how deadly in front of goal he is. A dramatic last-minute penalty completed Icardi’s hat-trick and handed Inter victory over AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina.
Icardi had twice given Inter the lead only for Milan to hit back before the award of a controversial penalty in stoppage time saw the 24-year-old keep his cool to seal the win.
A smart finish from Antonio Candreva’s low cross had give Inter a 28th minute lead and after Suso had equalised, Icardi struck again. Nicking the ball from Argentina teammate Lucas Biglia, who this week had said he preferred Gonzalo Higuaín as La Albiceleste’s number nine, Icardi fed Ivan Perisic down the left and his cross was volleyed into the net by Inter’s inspirational captain.
Milan pulled level once more when Giacomo Bonaventura’s shot rebounded in off goalkeeper Samir Handanovic but Icardi snatched all three points from the penalty spot. Nine goals in eight games this season for the striker sees Inter unbeaten and in second, only two points behind leaders Napoli.
Inter jump above Juventus after the Bianconeri suffered a first defeat of the season at home to Lazio. Paulo Dybala had the chance to salvage a point from the penalty spot in stoppage time but saw his effort saved by Thomas Strakosha.
Lucas Alario scored his second goal since joining Bayer Leverkusen but it wasn’t enough to hand his new club victory over Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. Following on from his debut strike a couple of weeks ago, the former River Plate striker finished confidently to restore Leverkusen’s lead on Sunday but Jakub Błaszczykowski brought Wolfsburg level for a share of the points.
Lionel Messi was surprisingly not on target in LaLiga this weekend as Barcelona drew with Atlético Madrid but that didn’t prevent one Argentinian getting on the scoresheet in Spain. Alexander Szymanowski sprinted clear to score and help Leganés to a 2-0 win over Málaga, lifting the club into sixth.
Ukraine’s defending champions Shakhtar Donetsk chalked up a tenth win of the season to extend their lead at the top of the table and prolific marksman Facundo Ferreryra was again on target. Chucky scored twice in a 3-2 win over Vorskla Poltava to help Shakhtar take a commanding seven-point lead at the top.
A close range tap-in had put Shakhtar firmly in control but the visitors fought back to level only for Ferreyra to find some space and score his second and the side’s winner in the 82nd minute.
Ezequiel Lavezzi’s fine form in China continued as Hebei China Fortune earned a 3-2 win over Jiangsu Suning. Pocho deftly flicked in the third shortly after half time, having already provided an assist for the opening goal and although the visitors pulled two goals back, Hebei held on for the points. With 16 goals and 14 assists from 24 appearances this season, Lavezzi is finally proving his worth in China.
Liga MX’s regular season nears an end and unbeaten Monterrey remain out in front at the top of the table after a 2-0 win over Pachuca. Rogelio Funes Mori tapped in his sixth of the season midway through the first half to set up the win and for the moment, Los Rayados will be favourites for the title.
And finally, the MLS regular season did come to an end and Diego Valeri earned himself a place in a very exclusive club after a tremendous season. The 31-year-old became only the second player in the league’s history to finish the season with 20 goals and ten assists.
Welcome to the 20/10 club, @DiegoDv8.
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— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 16, 2017
Valeri’s Portland Timbers side ended the campaign with a 4-0 win over DC United and will be among the favourites in the playoffs after finishing second in the Western Conference.
Valeri tucked away a penalty to open the scoring and exchanged passes with compatriot Sebastián Blanco for a sensational third. Brimming with confidence from his first, Blanco then danced through the United defence to score Timbers’ fourth and finish an impressive regular season.