Mauro Icardi scored in either half as Inter Milan beat Lazio 3-0 under the rain in Rome on Monday to move ahead of Napoli and into second place behind Juventus in the Italian league.
Inter skipper Icardi tapped in the opener after 28 minutes with Marcelo Brozovic adding a second before the break.
The Argentine snatched the third 70 minutes in the Stadio Olimpico, as Inter with 22 points from 10 games overtook Napoli were held 1-1 by Roma on Sunday. Inter and Napoli are both six points behind Juventus who beat Empoli 2-1 on Saturday thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo double.
“We’re on the right track,” said Icardi after his side’s sixth straight league win.
It was also his sixth league goal this season.
“I’m going through a good period of the form along with Inter. We’re playing well, apart from the game with Barcelona (2-0 Champions League defeat), and want to do even better,’ he said.
Luciano Spalletti’s side controlled the game which had been in doubt all afternoon because of strong winds and rain in Rome.
Under subbed bursts of torrential rain, the game sprung to life with Icardi’s opener after 28 minutes. flicked on to Icardi to finish off. Shortly afterward, the rain began to bucket down with Lazio’s Croatian midfielder Milan Badelj going off injured to be replaced by Danilo Cataldi.
But Inter continued their charge with Brozovic getting the second after 41 minutes, second after 41 minutes. firing into the bottom left corner.
Lazio did not give up with Samir Handanovic pushing an Adam Marusic effort over the bar. But they were only sporadic signs of a fightback with Icardi drilling in the third with ease from a distance.
From Online Sources