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MILAN---Mauro Icardi scored
twice to help Inter Milan beat ten-
man Sampdoria 4--0 in Serie A
yesterday and boost its hopes of
qualifying for the Europa League.
Icardi is living with the ex-wife
of former team-mate Maxi Lopez,
and the Sampdoria forward refused
to shake Icardi s hand before kick-
"Icardi shouldn t have done that
gesture with his ear, but for the
rest he showed a really cool head
to deal with the environment that
had been created around him,"
Inter coach Walter Mazzarri said.
"We shouldn t forget that he is
young and he has this exuberance
which lets him be clinical and cool.
He can become a great player, as
he has that in his DNA."
Walter Samuel and Rodrigo
Palacio also scored for Inter while
Lopez had a penalty saved. Sam-
pdoria played most of the match
with 10 men after Eder was shown
a second yellow card for his part
in a brawl.
Inter remained fifth but will be
boosted by Parma s 1--1 draw at
Bologna and Lazio s 4--2 defeat at
AC Milan is firmly back in the
race for a Europa League place as
picked up a fourth successive vic-
tory with a 1--0 home win against
bottom club Catania.
Hellas Verona s slim European
hopes diminished as it lost 5--3 at
home to Fiorentina.
Also, Chievo Verona beat
Livorno 4--2 in a relegation battle,
while Torino snatched a dramatic
2--1 win against Genoa.
Icardi was booed every time he
touched the ball by Sampdoria fans
but that seemed to spur him on
and he fired Inter in front in the
Deafening jeers rang out but
Icardi celebrated by cupping a hand
to his ear and urging the fans on.
Sampdoria could have imme-
diately leveled when it was award-
ed a penalty after Andrea Ranoc-
chia went into the back of Daniele
Gastaldello, but Samir Handanovic
Sampdoria was down to ten men
after a brawl boke out in the 20th
minute and Eder, who had been
booked for diving, was shown a
second yellow and dismissed.
Inter doubled its lead on the
hour mark when Samuel headed
in Hernanes corner and Icardi
sealed the result minutes later with
his second of the match, driving
across from a tight angle. (AP)
Inter thumps 10-man
Inter Milan forward Mauro Emanuel Rivero Icardi, left, and Inter Milan
forward Rodrigo Sebastian Palacio jump for the ball during a Serie A
football match between Sampdoria and Inter Milan, in Genoa, Italy,
yesterday. Inter won 4--0. AP PHOTO
BARCELONA---Diego Costa was
carried off with a bloody leg after
scoring Atletico Madrid s second
goal in a 2--0 win at ten-man
Getafe yesterday, although the
team said its star striker escaped
without a serious injury.
Atletico extended its Spanish
league lead to three points with
five rounds to play as it closes in
on what would be its first league
title in 18 years.
Costa slammed into the post
while poking in his 26th goal of
the season in the 84th minute,
opening a cut on his left shin and
requiring the stadium s medical
crew to carry him off the pitch
while he covered his face and muf-
fled his screams.
While his team-mates looked
distraught as he writhed on the
pitch, Atletico said less than ten
minutes after the match on Twitter
that "luckily Diego Costa only has
a cut after hitting the post."
Despite the scare, Atletico took
advantage of Barcelona s loss on
Saturday to open up a three point
lead over Real Madrid with
Barcelona another point behind.
Defender Diego Godin gave
Atletico the lead in the 40th before
Getafe s Alexis Ruano was dis-
missed with a red card in the 66th
after he pulled Miranda down in
the area, with goalkeeper Jordi
Codina saving Diego Costa s penal-
ty and Raul Garcia s follow-up try.
Atletico then applied the same
stout defence that it used to elim-
inate Barcelona from the Cham-
pions League this week to keep
Getafe in the relegation zone.
Costa was back in Atletico s
starting 11 having recovered from
a right thigh injury that sidelined
him for two games.
Also yesterday, forward Kevin
Gameiro scored twice to help Sevilla
win at ten-man Real Betis 2--0.
Espanyol defender Diego Colotto
scored two minutes from time to
salvage a 2--2 draw with Rayo Val-
lecano. Christian Stuani opened for
Espanyol before Iago Falque and
Joaquin Larrivey scored for Rayo.
Atletico extends lead in Spanish league
failed to get over the disappoint-
ment of its Champions League
exit as it lost 1--0 at Lyon in the
French league yesterday.
A wasteful PSG suffered a sec-
ond straight loss for the first time
this season but still tops the league
with a ten-point lead over Monaco
with just five rounds left.
Lyon midfielder Jordan Ferri
scored the winner with a low curl-
ing shot in the 31st minute.
Elsewhere, Saint-Etienne lost
ground in the race for a Champions
League spot by drawing 2--2 at
Reims to trail third-place Lille by
In the Brittany derby, Serge
Gakpe fired Nantes to a 1--0 win
over Guingamp, helping his team
inch closer to safety. Guingamp
lost its fourth straight league match
to drop to 17th place, just five
points above the relegation zone.
Edinson Cavani could have given
PSG the lead in the second minute
but his header was deflected onto
the post by goalkeeper Anthony
Lopes. PSG left back Lucas Digne
then had a goal disallowed for off-
side in the eighth after Cavani fell
inside the box.
The defending champion dom-
inated possession but Bafetimbi
Gomis troubled the PSG defence
with his power. The Lyon striker
skipped past Lucas Digne and out-
muscled Thiago Silva to drag a
shot wide from eight yards in the
11th minute. He then fired a spin-
ning shot straight at goalkeeper
Salvatore Sirigu in the 13th.
The hosts capitalised on a
turnover to take the lead. Ferri
pressed high up the pitch and
intercepted Ezequiel Lavezzi s pass
for Blaise Matuidi to score. (AP)
Paris Saint-Germain loses 1--0 at Lyon
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