Inter Milan Fans Laud ?Mauro Icardi After Striker Becomes Sixth-Youngest to Net 100 Serie A Goals

?Mauro Icardi ended a 10-week wait for his 100th Serie A goal; becoming the sixth-youngest player in history to reach the landmark in the process, while scoring his first of four in Inter Milan’s 5-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday. 

The 25-year-old grabbed a first half hat-trick after opening his account for the day from the penalty spot; the centurion finish, before quickly adding an incredible back-heeled second, a third with a powerful close-range finish and rounded off his afternoon with an improvised fourth shortly after the break. 

The Argentine, who was left out of Jorge Sampaoli’s national squad this week ahead of their friendlies with Italy and Spain later this month, showed, despite enduring a short barren spell of three games, his injury-ridden start to the calendar year had not scuppered his goalscoring ability. 

Rather fittingly, Icardi reached the 100-goal milestone against the side who offered him the opportunity to bag his inaugural strike in Serie A, with the former Stadio Luigi Ferraris frontman netting 10 goals for Blucerchiati in the Italian top-flight before his around £11m move to Inter in 2013.




However, it is only when looking deeper into the talisman’s statistics do his achievement come to life, with the ex-Barcelona academy product failing to score against just six of the sides he has faced in the top tier and his consistent increase in score rate every year since his first goal in 2012. 

The Argentina international’s 22 so far this season is just two short of the return he managed last time around, and with Nerazzurri still holding 10 games before the end of the campaign, you would expect the San Siro sniper to continue the trend of setting a new benchmark by the summer. 

The 25-year-old marked himself as the sixth-youngest player to reach a century of goals, and it was another Inter man, Giuseppe Meazza, who shone during the 1930s, who is currently the youngest to reach the milestone in Serie A; aged 23 years and 32 days. 

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Borussia Dortmund Ready to Bid for Argentine Striker Who Looked Destined for Inter

?Borussia Dortmund are reportedly interested in making a last ditch attempt to sign Racing Club forward Lautaro Martinez, despite there already being an agreement in place with Inter.

Argentine media outlet ?TYC Sports are reporting that Dortmund are willing to pay up to £40m for the Argentine’s services, eclipsing the prior arrangement with Inter for £33m.

Nothing official was signed with Inter, and Racing Club are believed to be looking to sell to the club offering the most. It is also reported that Martinez would prefer a move to the Bundesliga.


Martinez has scored 12 goals in 14 appearances this season, and people are already beginning to draw comparisons to the likes of Sergio Aguero and Mauro Icardi. 

The 20-year-old also earned his first international call up recently and will be hoping that a move to one of Europe’s big clubs helps him to make a name for himself.

Dortmund’s involvement in the Martinez deal throws the doubt of current striker Michy Batshuayi into doubt. The Belgian has been on fire since moving to Germany in January on loan from Chelsea, scoring an impressive six goals in six league starts.

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There have been rumours of Batshuayi signing a permanent deal at the club after his incredible start and his new teammate ?Marco Reus seems particularly keen on a deal.

However, the Martinez links throw a spanner into the works, and he may work out as a cheaper alternative. Also, if the comparisons to the likes of Aguero are accurate, he will surely be a snip at £40m.

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Date Set for Highly Anticipated Milan Derby After Fixture Delayed by Astori Tragedy

Serie A have officially set a date for the highly anticipated Derby della Madonnina – more commonly known as the Milan Derby – after the original game was postponed following the sudden death of Fiorentina’s captain, Davide Astori.

The two sides have already met on two occasions this season. Mauro Icardi was Inter’s star man during their 3-2 league victory over their city rivals, while the Rossoneri’s Patrick Cutrone settled a Coppa Italia meeting in December.

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After some recent uncertainty surrounding when the postponed fixture would take place, it has been confirmed by Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport that the Milan derby will take place on April 4.

The game will kick off at 6:30pm (CET) on Wednesday, and AC Milan will be the home side for the fixture despite both sides sharing the San Siro.

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Both teams face trips to Turin either side of the erby. Gennaro Gattuso’s side are on the road to Juventus just days before their game against Inter, while the Nerazzurri will take on Torino the following week.

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Gigi Buffon Returns to Italian Squad After Being Called Up for Argentina & England Friendlies

Interim Italy boss Gigi Di Biagio has named his squad to face Argentina and England in upcoming friendlies. 

The Azzurri, who won’t be participating in this year’s World Cup following their failure to qualify, but they will be in action later this month as they look to refocus for Euro 2020 qualifying.

The manager must have been pleased to be able to recall Juventus stopper Gianluigi Buffon, who had announced his retirement from international football last year.

Mattia de Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini and Daniele Rugani were also summoned from Juve, while AC Milan forward Patrick Cultrone received his first international call-up and will be joined by Rosonerri teammates Giacomo Bonaventura, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Donnarumma.


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Inter’s Roberto Gagliardini and Antonio Candreva have also made the squad, with Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta getting the nod as well, despite being used sparingly by Antonio Conte this season.

Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli was surprisingly left out, but Sky Italia have indicated that the player isn’t at full fitness at the moment.

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Sampdoria vs Inter Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News and More

?Inter will be hoping to keep the pressure on those above them in the top four places in Serie A by beating a Sampdoria side who sit just two places below them and eight points behind.

The Nerazzurri sit just one point behind fourth place Lazio with a game in hand and need to pick up three points to keep their hopes of Champions League football next season alive.

Here is everything you need to know before Sunday’s game.

Classic Encounter


These two teams played out a classic when they met earlier on in the season, with Inter edging it 3-2 after a late Sampdoria fight back.

The hosts looked to be in total control after Milan Skriniar and a Mauro Icardi double put them 3-0 to the good with just over 50 minutes gone.

However, two late goals from Sampdoria made for nervous ending for Inter, but they held on for a win that put them top of Serie A after 10 games.

Key Battle

Fabio Quagliarella vs Milan Skriniar

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The 35-year-old striker has been on fire for Sampdoria this season and will fancy his chances against the fairly inexperienced Milan Skriniar.

Quagliarella has scored a remarkable 17 goals in 26 appearances in Serie A this season, registering five assists as well. He is one of the top scorers in the league and will be one to watch for sure.

His years of experience may give him the edge over Skriniar, who is just 23. He will not have the same understanding of the game that the Italian does.

If Inter can stop Quagliarella, they are likely to stop Sampdoria.

Team News

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Inter go into the game fairly injury free with Andrea Ranocchia the only injury concern. The Italian centre back is suffering from a thigh injury and is unlikely to return to the side on Sunday.

Sampdoria on the other hand will be sweating over the fitness of multiple first team players. Bartosz Bereszynski is a doubt with a leg injury but may return to the bench, whilst first choice goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano is also a doubt with a back injury.

Midfielder Karol Linetty will miss the game as he serves a one match suspension.

Potential Sampdoria lineup: Viviano, Sala, Silvestre, Ferrari, Murru, Terreira, Barreto, Praet, Ramirez, Quagliarella, Caprari

Potential Inter lineup: Handanovic, Cancelo, Skriniar, Miranda, D’Ambrosio, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Candreva, Perisic, Rafinha, Icardi


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Although Sampdoria possess a serious threat going forward in the form of Quagliarella, Inter will be confident that they have enough experience at the back to keep him quiet.
They will be hoping that captain Mauro Icardi can continue his goal-scoring form and fire Inter to victory.
Prediction: Sampdoria 1-2 Inter