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Inter lose to Cagliari in Serie A

Associated Press Associated Press 16/10/2016 Daniella Matar

Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi can do no right, it seems, and a missed penalty in a 2-1 defeat by Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday won't help.

Icardi had a fantastic start to the season, with six goals in seven matches, but angered a section of fans known as ``Ultras'' at Inter with comments in his autobiography, which the supporters called ``lies'' in a lengthy statement.

The Argentina forward attempted to placate the fans with a statement of his own on social media but he was jeered as he walked out ahead of the match, and was greeted in the San Siro by banners insulting the player.

A threatening banner was also left outside Icardi's house.

Inter vice-president and club great Javier Zanetti has hinted Icardi could even lose the captaincy.

The situation has got so bad that Inter fans even cheered after Icardi sent his penalty woefully wide of the right post in the 26th minute after he had been pushed over by Bruno Alves.

``We'll talk about it tomorrow, calmly, with respect to the footballer and respect to the fans,'' Inter coach Frank De Boer said.

``We have to find a solution because this situation is not good.

``It's the most difficult moment since I've been in Italy."

Joao Mario gave Inter the lead 10 minutes after halftime, finding Ivan Perisic and then racing into the box to collect the return pass.

However, Federico Melchiorri equalised in the 71st and had a hand in the second, five minutes from time, as his deflected cross was turned in by Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

Cagliari, which won the second division last season, moved above midtable Inter to seventh place. midtable.

Elsewhere, AC Milan have beaten Chievo Verona 3-1.

And two stunning strikes saw AC Milan's young team - which included two teenagers in the starting lineup - move level with second-place Roma, below the capital side on goal difference alone.

Juraj Kucka broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime with an unstoppable effort into the top left corner from 25 yards.

M'Baye Niang doubled Milan's lead immediately after the break with another long-range shot, which flew into the far side of the net.

Chievo got back into the match in the 76th with a magnificent goal, a free-kick from former Milan winger Valter Birsa.

Milan sealed the match with a slice of luck as Chievo defender Dario Dainelli tried to block Carlos Bacca's effort, which looked as if it was going wide, but only succeeded in turning it into his own net.

It was Chievo's first defeat at home since January.

In other matches, Lazio and Bologna drew 1-1 while Sassuolo beat Crotone 2-1 and Genoa drew 0-0 against Empoli, as did Fiorentina and Atalanta.

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