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Icardi double sinks Torino, saves De Boer

Associated Press Associated Press 26/10/2016 Daniella Matar

Mauro Icardi ended the longest goal-scoring drought of his Inter Milan career with two goals that may have saved the job of coach Frank De Boer.

Inter had lost three successive Serie A matches and De Boer was reportedly on the verge of being fired but Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Torino has likely given the Dutch manager some respite.

"It was the most difficult match of my career," De Boer said. "I have always been focused on the Torino match. I don't let myself be influenced by anything.

"I'm not used to losing three matches in a row. Neither as a footballer nor as a coach. But I have always had great pressure to win."

Icardi made a fantastic start to the season, with six goals in seven matches, but had not scored for six games in all competition.

He secured the victory two minutes from time with a stunning strike, carving out space just inside the area before curling into the top left corner.

Juventus bounced back from a shock defeat to AC Milan at the weekend with a convincing 4-1 win against Sampdoria.

The Serie A leader and five-time reigning champion had thrashed Cagliari 4-0 after its only previous league defeat and it appeared as if Sampdoria was in for similar punishment when Juventus went 2-0 up inside nine minutes.

Edin Dzeko moved to the top of the scoring standings with another double in Roma's 3-1 win over Sassuolo.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina forward has now scored 10 league goals in as many matches this season - two more than he netted in his 31 previous appearances.

Napoli is just two points behind Roma, in third spot after a 2-0 win over Empoli.

Maurizio Sarri's side found it tougher than expected against Empoli but eventually broke the deadlock six minutes into the second half when Jose Callejon's cross was deflected, allowing Dries Mertens to turn in at the far post.

Both goalkeepers made stunning saves before Vlad Chiriches sealed the win eight minutes from time, tapping in Marek Hamsik's corner at the back post.

Pescara's match against Atalanta and Fiorentina's game against Crotone were both temporarily halted because of an earthquake and a waterlogged pitch.

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy about 90 minutes before kickoff and there was a second one, measuring 6.1, a half hour into the match in Pescara.

After several minutes of concern, the match resumed and Atalanta went on to win 1-0.

The match in Florence was suspended in the 18th minute as heavy rain made the pitch unplayable.

Diego Falcinelli gave Crotone a surprise lead shortly after it resumed, approximately 40 minutes later, but Davide Astori ensured it finished 1-1 when he bundled in the equaliser five minutes from time.

Elsewhere, Lazio beat Cagliari 4-1 and Bologna drew 1-1 at Chievo Verona.

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