Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala may have been left out of Argentina’s recent squad but both were quick to fire reminders to Jorge Sampaoli with goals in victories for Inter and Juventus respectively.
Inter were able to make the most of Roma’s surprising slip-up against Bologna earlier in the day with a Mauro Icardi brace helping the Nerazzurri to a 3-0 win over Verona. A win that moved Inter to within two points of third.
After his four-goal haul last time out, Icardi took just 35 seconds to give Inter the lead on Saturday, latching onto a long throw in behind the sleeping Verona defence to slot past the goalkeeper.
24 – Mauro #Icardi is the only third Inter’s player to score at least 24 goals in 2 Serie A campaigns in a row after Stefano Nyers (1949-50 & 1950-51) and Giuseppe Meazza (1929-30 & 1930-31). Wonderful. #InterVerona
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Ivan Perisic volleyed a second soon after and while Inter wasted chances to further extend their lead, Icardi slid in at the back post to add his second of the game minutes after half time to wrap up the points.
Jorge Sampaoli may have stated that Argentina were unable to replicate what Inter can get from Icardi but as the 25-year-old hits his 24th Serie A goal, La Albiceleste may well regret not finding space for one of Europe’s deadliest strikers.
Just behind Icardi in the Serie A scoring charts is Paulo Dybala after the 24-year-old struck his 18th of the campaign to put Juventus on track for victory over AC Milan and move the Bianconeri closer to the title.
Dybala’s arrow-like long range effort into the bottom corner gave Juve an early lead and although Leonardo Bonucci scored against his former club to level it up, the league leaders had too much.
Juan Cuadrado nodded in Sami Khedira’s cross to re-establish the lead with a little over ten minutes remaining and Khedira settled it, rifling in Dybala’s cut-back.
With Napoli drawing earlier, Juventus are now four points clear at the top and a seventh straight scudetto looks increasingly likely.
Elsewhere in Serie A, Giovanni Simeone ended his goal drought as Fiorentina defeated Crotone.
The 22-year-old met with club icon Gabriel Batistuta earlier this week and with just three minutes on the clock, Simeone pounced on a rebound to fire Fiorentina ahead.
With Germán Pezzella captaining the side, Federico Chiesa sealed the win and moved Fiorentina into eighth.
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