Inter Milan captain Icardi ends goal drought in style

Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi ended his two-month goal drought in style by scoring four times to help them wallop Sampdoria 5-0 in an Italian Serie A away match yesterday.

Icardi's haul included a 14-minute first-half hat-trick as he took his tally for the season to 22 and gave Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli a timely reminder of his scoring prowess.

Ivan Perisic opened the scoring with a looping header in the 26th minute before Icardi, playing against his former club, did the rest.

Meanwhile, Juventus' march towards a seventh consecutive Serie A championship stalled yesterday morning (Singapore time) after a goalless draw at struggling Spal kept the suspense alive in Italy.

Second-placed Napoli can move to within two points of the leaders with nine games remaining if they beat Genoa at home this morning.